Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Unemployment Rate at 6.2 Percent in July

by Lee Hogan 8/18/2014 09:03 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in July, down one-tenth of a percentage point from June, according to a report released Monday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.

New Regulations a Pain in the Neck for Chiropractic 'Runners'

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 12:00 am

A combination of regulation and enforcement has begun to chip away at the lucrative business plan that has generated so many complaints that the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners had to add another full-time staff position.

Windstream Spinoff Hits Dividend Even More Than You Think

by Michelle Corbet 8/18/2014 12:00 am

On July 29, Windstream Holdings Inc. sent shock waves through Wall Street when it announced it would spin off most of its physical assets — mostly copper wires and fiber-optic cables — into a separate, publicly traded real estate investment trust.

On Private Clubs (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/18/2014 12:00 am

When savvy entrepreneurs see a need going unfilled, they form businesses. When those businesses successfully meet that need, they thrive. You know, America. Now the Little Rock Board of Directors is considering stepping between businesses and their customers.

Some New CVS Pharmacy Locations Seek Beer and Wine Permits

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

CVS Caremark Corp. of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is wading deeper into the Arkansas market, and some locations plan to sell beer and wine.

Lindsey's Roy Stanley Takes On IRS

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Roy E. Stanley, the longtime president of Fayetteville's Lindsey Management Co. and current president of Lindsey Communications Inc., and his wife, Carol, are suing the Internal Revenue Service over the findings of an audit performed in October 2012.

Next Arkansas Governor Inherits Long-Time Delta Woes (AP Analysis)

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/17/2014 01:12 pm

The head of the Delta Regional Authority said a mouthful when he told a jobs conference last week that Arkansas' next governor would face a unique set of challenges after taking office in 2015. Unique? Yes. New? No.

Group Submits Petitions to Expand Alcohol Sales

by Associated Press 8/15/2014 03:59 pm

A group pushing for expanded alcohol sales in Arkansas has submitted additional petitions to put its proposal on the November ballot.

Mike Ross Raises $306K, Prepares $1.1M Ad Blitz

by Associated Press 8/15/2014 03:21 pm

Democratic candidate Mike Ross is reporting raising more than $306,000 last month in his bid for Arkansas governor, and has spent more than $1.1 million to air television ads this fall.

AEDC Awards $1.4M in Development Grants

by Associated Press 8/15/2014 11:48 am

Arkansas has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants for structural improvements in eight communities.

FAA to Award $1.2M to Arkansas Airports

by Associated Press 8/15/2014 11:48 am

The Federal Aviation Administration will give $1.2 million in grants to five Arkansas airports for facility upgrades and expansions.

Arkansas Innovation Leaders Meet with US Commerce Official

by Mark Carter 8/15/2014 10:52 am

A "who's who" of Arkansas business and innovation leaders joined Delta Regional Authority co-chair and Arkansas native Chris Masingill and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams on Friday for a discussion on entrepreneurship and its role in economic development.

Senators Eye Plan to Abolish Lt. Governor's Office

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/14/2014 04:01 pm

Two Arkansas lawmakers are proposing to abolish the lieutenant governor's office, calling the state's No. 2 constitutional office an outdated post.

Arkansas Partners With Winthrop Rockefeller, Walton Foundations on Education

by Associated Press 8/14/2014 01:34 pm

The Arkansas Board of Education has voted to partner with two foundations to strengthen education at struggling schools in the state.

John Knight Retiring from Arkansas Department of Aeronautics

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/14/2014 01:18 pm

John Knight, director of the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics, has announced his retirement after 27 years with the agency. Knight's retirement is effective Sept. 1.

US Jobless Aid Applications Rise to 311,000

by Associated Press 8/14/2014 11:48 am

More people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, although jobless claims continue to be close to pre-recession levels.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Talk Delta Jobs in Pine Bluff

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/13/2014 03:28 pm

Gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross each expressed a desire to improve the quality of the Arkansas workforce Wednesday but differed on how to do it.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Spar Over Tuition for Veterans

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/13/2014 09:53 am

Two candidates for Arkansas governor sparred Tuesday over a plan to provide in-state tuition benefits to veterans returning from service overseas.

Arkansas Attorney General to Take Part in UN Hearing on Racial Discrimination

by Associated Press 8/13/2014 09:52 am

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is to take part in a United Nations hearing in Geneva to review the United States' efforts to implement an international treaty to eliminate racial discrimination.