Government & Politics Archive

40 Arkansas Lawmakers Back Anti-Casino Campaign

by Associated Press 9/12/2016 01:34 pm

Forty state legislators are opposing a ballot measure that would legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties.

Asa Hutchinson, Doctors Criticize Medical Marijuana Push

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/12/2016 01:05 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and some of the state's top doctors are criticizing efforts to legalize medical marijuana, accusing backers of two ballot measures of misleading voters about the benefits of the drug.

Clinton's and Trump's Plans to Help Education Differ Sharply

by Associated Press 9/12/2016 06:48 am

Hillary Clinton has spent decades talking about the needs of children and touting the benefits of early education. It's a new subject for Donald Trump.

Meet 20 In Their 20s: The New Influentials Class of 2016

by Gwen Moritz 9/12/2016 12:00 am

Twenty of Arkansas' young leaders show the energy and ambition and adventurous spirit that is obvious in our state's business legends, even decades after they were in their 20s. We're proud to introduce these New Influentials and to consider all the potential they offer our state in the decades to come.

Are We Really Such Chumps? (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/12/2016 12:00 am

When we start writing companies into the constitution for exclusive privileges that can only be rescinded by another statewide vote, why stop with just Missouri casino operators? What's to stop any other company, foreign or domestic, from hiring lawyers to draw up self-serving amendments, getting the wording approved by the attorney general and paying canvassers to get enough signatures to get on the ballot?

Marijuana Rx May Put Guns Out of Reach

by Mark Friedman 9/12/2016 12:00 am

Even if Arkansas voters approve the use of medical marijuana in November, the drug still will be considered an illegal controlled substance by the federal government. And that could cause legal problems for users and sellers of marijuana, according to law professors.

James Buggs Recognized by National Society for Cable Work (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/12/2016 12:00 am

James Buggs, cable installer for Conway Corp., has earned the business class service specialist certification from the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers after completion of the required course work.

Casino Fight Shows Gambling's Reach in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/11/2016 04:56 pm

The fight over a ballot measure to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties isn't focusing on whether gambling is good or bad. Instead, it's highlighting how much gambling has become a way of life in this Bible Belt state.

Arkansas Ballot Will Offer New Test for Medical Marijuana

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/9/2016 10:34 am

Republicans control all of Arkansas' statewide offices, hold a majority in both chambers of the Legislature and are nearly assured of winning the state's six electoral votes in the presidential election.

Rock Region Metro Receives $1.65M for CNG Buses

by Associated Press 9/8/2016 01:56 pm

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority, which operates Rock Region Metro, is receiving $1.65 million to purchase compressed natural gas buses to replace older vehicles.

ARA Names Two Scholars, Two Fellows

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2016 01:24 pm

The Arkansas Research Alliance, the University of Arkansas for Medical Science and Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced two new ARA scholars and two new ARA fellows.

Tourism Department, Arvest Unveil Specialty Debit Cards

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/7/2016 03:57 pm

The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism and Arvest Bank announced on Wednesday that they've created eight limited-edition specialty debit cards that showcase some of the state's most scenic and popular attractions.

Arkansas Governor Staying Neutral on Lawsuit Limits Measure

by Associated Press 9/7/2016 01:55 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's staying neutral on a ballot measure to limit damages awarded in medical lawsuits despite his general support for so-called tort reform efforts.

Asa Hutchinson Announces School Coding Competition

by Sarah Campbell 9/7/2016 12:44 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces the new Governor's All-Region and All-State Coding Competition.

Applications For 2017 FinTech Accelerator Now Open

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/7/2016 12:22 pm

Startups can now apply through Oct. 31 to participate in the Venture Center's 2017 FinTech Accelerator, which has been extended until 2018 to the tune of $2 million.

Small Businesses Look to Congress for Action, May Be Waiting

by Associated Press 9/7/2016 10:54 am

With Congress back at work, small business owners are hoping issues they care about like tax reform or health care will get some attention. They may be left waiting a while.

ARVets To Hold Inaugural Conference Thursday

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/7/2016 09:16 am

ARVets will hold its inaugural Employing AR Veterans Human Resources Conference at the Clinton Presidential Library from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday.

Lawsuit Filed to Block Arkansas Casinos Ballot Proposal

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/7/2016 06:56 am

A lawsuit filed Tuesday with the Arkansas Supreme Court asks the justices to block an effort to legalize casinos in three counties, the latest in a growing list of attempts to disqualify measures from the November ballot.

Coleman: Broadband Efforts Take Cues from Rural Electrification

by Kyle Massey 9/6/2016 03:14 pm

Today's push to expand broadband internet access is very much like the country's effort to bring electric power to rural areas during the Great Depression and World War II, electric company executive Mel Coleman says.

Ballot Measure Lawsuits Face Uphill Fight in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/6/2016 06:56 am

If history is any guide, it'll be an uphill fight for opponents of medical marijuana proposals and a so-called tort reform proposal on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.