Government & Politics Archive

Boozman Touts Record on Military, Veterans with First TV Ad

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/27/2016 06:48 am

U.S. Sen. John Boozman touted his work on military issues Tuesday in the first television ad of his re-election bid, prompting his Democratic rival's campaign to accuse the Republican lawmaker of having a "lackluster" record on veterans.

Commission Hearing Complaint Against Arkansas Treasurer

by Associated Press 1/26/2016 01:55 pm

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has convened behind closed doors to decide whether there is probable cause in a complaint filed against Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.

Obama Administration Loosens Cuba Embargo to Allow Sales on Credit

by Arshad Mohammed and Daniel Trotta, Reuters 1/26/2016 11:45 am

The U.S. approved a wider range of commerce with Cuba on Tuesday, making it easier for U.S. companies to finance exports and do business with the Communist government on public infrastructure projects.

Governor Names Jim von Gremp to Higher Education Coordinating Board

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2016 11:36 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday named Jim von Gremp of Rogers to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, effective March 1.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.8 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2016 10:26 am

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point, from 5 percent in November to 4.8 percent in December.

Arkansas Governor's Son Arrested on Drunk Driving Charge

by Associated Press 1/25/2016 02:53 pm

State Police say Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's son has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his car hit a guardrail.

Federal Judge OKs Bid to Expand Planned Parenthood Case

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/25/2016 02:48 pm

A federal judge has approved Planned Parenthood's request to expand its lawsuit challenging Arkansas' decision to cut off Medicaid funding to the group over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

A Master Class in Feedback (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 1/25/2016 12:00 am

Every year, aspiring singers participate in auditions for the New York Metropolitan Opera. Judges provide feedback to each of the singers. Most of the conversations were great examples of powerful feedback, delivered with skill and impact.

Uncertainty Surrounds Governor's Highway Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/24/2016 01:15 pm

With a plan to tap into the state's surplus and divert some general revenue, Gov. Asa Hutchinson is offering short-term relief to Arkansas' long-struggling highway funding system. At the same time, his approach may inject more uncertainty into the state's budget in the coming years.

Arkansas 226 Expansion to Improve Travel in Northeast Arkansas

by George Jared 1/22/2016 10:18 am

The Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department's multimillion-dollar effort to expand Arkansas 226 is paying off, with the final completed sections of the project coming online this summer and into the fall.

SIG Sauer, Remington to Bring 134 Jobs to Arkansas

by Lance Turner and Alexis Hosticka 1/21/2016 04:46 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced that a pair of firearm manufacturers will add 134 jobs in central Arkansas. SIG Sauer of Newington, New Hampshire, plans to put a new manufacturing facility employing 50 in Jacksonville. And the Remington Outdoor Co. of Madison, North Carolina, said it will create 84 new jobs at its plant in Lonoke.

Little Rock Chamber Appoints Paul Latture as VP

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/20/2016 03:25 pm

The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that Paul Latture will begin work immediately as vice president of economic development as well as executive director of the Metro Little Rock Alliance.

John Owens to Lead North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce

by Lance Turner 1/20/2016 12:34 pm

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce announces John Owens as its new president and CEO, replacing Terry Hartwick, who is taking over management of the city's parks and recreation department.

Hutchinson Plan Aims to Raise $750M for Highways Without Higher, New Taxes

by Mark Carter 1/19/2016 02:45 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday unveiled his plan to fund state highways — a plan he says will generate $750 million in new funding over the next decade.

Good Food by Ferneau to Close, Executive Chef Joins The 1836 Club

by Alexis Hosticka 1/18/2016 11:17 am

Good Food by Ferneau will close on Jan. 30 and Donnie Ferneau, its executive chef, will join The 1836 Club as its executive chef.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/18/2016 09:12 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced appointments to state boards and commissions as well as judicial appointments.

An Easy Call (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/18/2016 12:00 am

Stories on about the controversy have generated more comment than perhaps any other news article, and commenters are almost universally in agreement: Preventing orthodontists from providing basic dental care is absurd, anticompetitive and a disservice to the public.

Angry All Over Again (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/18/2016 12:00 am

More than just a good movie with an attractive cast, “The Big Short” is a public service. I walked out of the movie reminded of just how angry I was when I read the book. Most irritating: What passes for heroes in the story are not really heroes.

State Bank Department Promotes Andrew McCormick

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/18/2016 12:00 am

Andrew McCormick has been promoted to bank junior examiner by the Arkansas State Bank Department.

Big Arkansas Banks Gear Up For $10B Threshold

by George Waldon 1/18/2016 12:00 am

Not long ago, crossing the $10 billion-asset threshold for a bank was merely a big round-number achievement. Now, however, banks surpassing $10 billion in assets face additional costs, fee restrictions and new layers of regulatory oversight.