Government & Politics Archive

Development Paused at Interchange as Conway Mulls Annexation

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Although the Conway Corridor project was first touted as a way to encourage more retail and office development, Conway city planners are exploring options that would allow them to limit development along the new corridor.

Volunteer Directors, Take Note (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 10/13/2014 12:00 am

It may be that the volunteer directors of the nonprofit Crittenden Hospital Association were being deliberately misled. That's something an investigation should determine. But the Crittenden case does serve as an excellent reminder to volunteer directors of nonprofit organizations everywhere, and especially the thousands who read Arkansas Business: When you accept the job of director, you have responsibilities.

EEOC Filing Fewer Discrimination Cases In Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 10/13/2014 12:00 am

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed only two lawsuits in the state this calendar year, continuing a recent trend line. In 2011, the EEOC filed six lawsuits in Arkansas' federal courts and three the following year. Last year, the EEOC filed only two lawsuits against companies operating in the state.

Education Broadband Issue Goes Down to the (Fiber Optic) Wire

by Michelle Corbet 10/13/2014 12:00 am

While the message may be getting lost in the clutter of political ads ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm election, FASTERArkansas isn't asking for your vote. It's asking the public to pressure legislators to tweak, preferably through a special session before Gov. Mike Beebe's term ends in January, a state law that sailed through the Legislature almost unnoticed in 2011.

U.S. Poverty Rate Falls for First Time Since 2006

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

The official poverty rate in the U.S. in 2013 stood at 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2012, making it the first decline in the poverty rate since 2006.

Fraud Helped Extend One Bank's Solvency, Hunt Company's Lawsuit Alleges

by George Waldon 10/13/2014 12:00 am

An injection of $17.3 million in U.S. Treasury TARP funds five years ago saved Little Rock's One Bank & Trust from insolvency. A lawsuit against the bank's parent company, One Financial Corp., alleges that deception was deployed to obtain that money.

Fort Smith Awaits Word on Possible Federal Suit Over Sewer System

by Marty Cook 10/13/2014 12:00 am

The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved a resolution Oct. 7 to continue with the city's program to improve its sewer system.

Jonesboro Building Bus Transfer Station

by Mark Friedman 10/13/2014 12:00 am

The city of Jonesboro is using a $1.1 million federal grant to build an approximately 2,000-SF bus transfer station. The project will house buses for the Jonesboro Economic Transit System, a lobby for customers and administrative offices, said Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin.

Treasurer Hopefuls Both Pledge No-Gifts Policy

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 10/12/2014 08:09 pm

Though they differ on many issues, the two major-party candidates running for Arkansas treasurer share a common goal — restoring the public's trust in the office after the indictment and subsequent conviction of Martha Shoffner on bribery and extortion charges.

Bill Clinton Tries to Reframe Arkansas Races (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/12/2014 07:46 pm

It's the question Democrats in Arkansas have struggled with over the past two election cycles and are trying to answer as they close in on November: How do you counter the anti-Obama sentiment that's boosted Republicans' ranks and put them on the verge of taking over the state's top offices?

Big River Steel Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit

by Associated Press 10/10/2014 05:00 pm

Attorneys representing Big River Steel are asking a judge to throw out a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the construction of a $1.3 billion mill in northeast Arkansas.

Judge: Signatures OK in Arkansas Minimum Wage Case

by Associated Press 10/10/2014 04:34 pm

A special judge appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court says backers of a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage turned in enough valid signatures for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.

Clinton Papers on Monica Lewinsky, Others Released

by Associated Press 10/10/2014 02:52 pm

The White House strategy to defend President Bill Clinton against the political fallout of his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky is detailed in documents the National Archives released Friday, part of a batch of records that might shed light on painful chapters in Hillary Rodham Clinton's life as she ponders another bid for the presidency.

Tom Dalton of Innovate Arkansas: Funding for Early Stage Startups Has Increased

by Mark Carter 10/10/2014 09:28 am

Innovate Arkansas director Tom Dalton writes in the INOV8 blog that funding for early stage, tech-based startup ventures in Arkansas has increased dramatically in the past six years.

John Stacks, Mountain Pure Owner, Convicted of Seven Federal Counts

by Gwen Moritz 10/9/2014 06:13 pm

A federal court jury deliberated for most of three days before reporting that it was hung on three additional counts of money laundering.

Mike Huckabee Campaigns for Republicans in Arkansas

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 05:00 pm

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is campaigning for Republicans on his home turf, finding that a political landscape that had been dominated by Democrats since Reconstruction is now a two-party state.

At Arkansas Supreme Court, Arguments For, Against Including Alcohol Measure

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/9/2014 04:48 pm

A lawyer challenging a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize alcohol sales statewide tells Arkansas' highest court that the secretary of state should have opened his office on Independence Day to process petitions and avoid missing a deadline.

Arkansas Supreme Court Won't Delay Proceedings in Gay Marriage Case

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 10:11 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has refused to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout by Blacks, Young

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 08:46 am

States that stiffened their voter identification laws saw drops in election turnout, with disproportionate effect on blacks and younger people, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday.

Judge Dismisses Complaint Against Fort Smith

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 08:23 am

An Arkansas judge has dismissed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against Fort Smith's city clerk.