Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas 'Bathroom Bill' Would Cover Government Buildings

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/7/2017 07:13 am

An Arkansas lawmaker proposed prohibiting people from using bathrooms in government buildings that do not match their gender at birth.

Amazon Shares Echo Data with Arkansas Prosecutor in Murder Case

by Associated Press 3/7/2017 07:06 am

Amazon dropped its fight against a subpoena in an Arkansas murder case after the defendant said he wouldn't mind if the company shared data gathered by an Amazon Echo device.

Asa Hutchinson Seeks New Restrictions on Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/6/2017 03:22 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to add a work requirement to Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion and to lower its eligibility cap — even as the future of the federal health overhaul remains unclear.

Senate to Consider Repeal of Obama-Era Labor Rule

by Associated Press 3/6/2017 10:50 am

The Senate will consider scrapping an Obama administration rule to ensure federal contractors disclose violations of federal labor laws.

Arkansas Legislator Wants Concealed Carry at State Capitol

by Tafi Mukunyadzi, The Associated Press 3/6/2017 06:40 am

Despite metal detectors and armed guards at the doors to the Capitol and leading to galleries overlooking the Arkansas House, a state lawmaker says he would feel safer if he were allowed to pack his own heat.

Liquor Stores: Grocery Wine Bill a Death Knell

by Jan Cottingham 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Liquor store owners say a bill to let Wal-Mart and grocery stores sell a larger assortment of wine fundamentally changes their business model and will lead to the closure of hundreds of package stores in the state.

Arkansas' Arcane Liquor Laws Slowly Loosen

by Jan Cottingham 3/6/2017 12:00 am

The controversy over the grocery wine bill illustrates the importance of convenience to the alcohol consumer, convenience is a quality-of-life issue, and quality-of-life issues are closely linked to tourism.

Time for an Overhaul (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Like the U.S. Tax Code, Arkansas' liquor laws need an overhaul that recognizes changing attitudes and shopping habits and economic realities of a product that, as the 18th Amendment taught us, will not be denied.

‘Nobody Knew ...' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/6/2017 12:00 am

The issue of health care is, as the president said, unbelievably complex and made infinitely more so by being a partisan political issue in Washington and a deeply personal issue everywhere else.

Podiatrist's Purchase of Convention Center Gives Texarkana Officials Cold Feet

by Mark Friedman 3/6/2017 12:00 am

A Texas podiatrist with a past that includes a federal conviction wants to buy the troubled Arkansas Convention Center & Holiday Inn out of bankruptcy — and that has some Texarkana officials on the Arkansas side concerned.

Midsouth Bank Accuses Arkansas Convention Center Owner of Fraud

by Mark Friedman 3/6/2017 12:00 am

MidSouth Bank of Lafayette, Louisiana, has asked a bankruptcy court judge not to allow Dr. Hiren D. Patel, who owns the Arkansas Convention Center & Holiday Inn in Texarkana, to be allowed to walk away from a $13.3 million debt he owes the bank.

What Is Economic Nationalism? (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Consumers need to understand that the cost of a move toward economic nationalism is a cost that will be borne by us all.

Johnny Cash's Footsteps Lead Tourists Back in Time to Dyess

by Kyle Massey 3/6/2017 12:00 am

The legacy of American musician Johnny Cash attracts history buffs and music fans from dozens of countries and every state to his boyhood home in the Historic Dyess Colony, the largest agricultural resettlement of the Depression-era New Deal.

Yellen Signals the Fed Will Likely Raise Rates This Month

by Associated Press 3/3/2017 03:07 pm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target rate.

Small Business Center Touts Record-Breaking Numbers

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2017 02:04 pm

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock announced last week that it has helped its clients obtain nearly $70 million in capital funding and open 141 businesses in 2016.

2 Firms Partner with Parks & Tourism to Increase Tourism Diversity

by Kyle Massey 3/3/2017 08:25 am

The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism has partnered with two Little Rock diversity marketing consulting firms — Culturally Connected Communications and Cinco Media Group — to focus on increasing diversity tourism in the state.

Proposal for 4 Percent Tax on Marijuana in Arkansas Advances

by Associated Press 3/3/2017 07:30 am

Arkansas' Republican-dominated House has approved a proposal that would levy an extra 4 percent tax on marijuana.

Arkansas Moves to Separate King and Lee Holiday

by Tafi Mukunyadzi, The Associated Press 3/3/2017 07:27 am

Arkansas has taken a first step toward celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. on the third Monday in January and honoring Robert E. Lee in the fall rather than the current practice of recognizing both men on the same day in January.

Updated: Former State Sen. Jon Woods, Ecclesia College President Oren Paris III Indicted

by Mark Friedman and Gwen Moritz 3/2/2017 05:09 pm

Randell Shelton Jr., a mutual friend of Woods and Paris is also charged in the 13-count indictment that represents the second phase of a corruption scandal that came to light with a guilty plea in January by former state Rep. Micah Neal.

Bill Advances to Separate Lee from King Holiday in Arkansas

by Associated Press 3/2/2017 11:18 am

Arkansas has taken a first step toward celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. on the third Monday in January and moving its Robert E. Lee holiday to the fall.

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