Government & Politics Archive

UALR Awarded $276K for Cybersecurity Education

by Sarah Campbell 8/4/2016 10:00 am

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Wednesday announced that a team of its researchers has been awarded a $276,424 National Science Foundation grant.

FIS, Governor Extend VC FinTech Accelerator Program to 2018

by Sarah Campbell 8/3/2016 02:43 pm

FIS of Jacksonville, Florida, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday that they aim to extend the VC FinTech Accelerator program until 2018.

Tom Cotton Suggests Donald Trump Apologize to Dead Soldiers' Family

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/3/2016 06:54 am

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Tuesday Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should apologize for criticizing the parents of an American soldier killed by a roadside bomb 12 years ago.

Arkansas Revenue Above Last Year, Below Forecast in July

by Associated Press 8/2/2016 11:57 am

Arkansas finance officials say the state's net available revenue for July fell 1.7 percent below expectations, but was 0.4 percent more than the same month a year ago.

Judge Wendell Griffen Criticizes Law Enforcement at Public Forum

by Associated Press 8/2/2016 06:51 am

An outspoken Arkansas circuit court judge told a forum gathered Monday to discuss policing and the black community that there is systematic injustice in law enforcement.

Leslie Rutledge Rejects Marijuana Proposal for 2018

by Associated Press 8/2/2016 06:50 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment for the 2018 ballot that would legalize marijuana in the state.

State Completes Sale of Home Health Program to Kindred Healthcare Inc.

by Associated Press 8/2/2016 06:48 am

The Arkansas Department of Health and Louisville, Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare Inc. have announced the completion of the sale of the department's in-home health care operations for $39 million.

ATRS to Get Part of $300M Class-Action Settlement

by Mark Friedman 8/1/2016 10:47 am

Arkansas Teacher Retirement System will receive a percentage of a $300 million class-action settlement it reached last week with its custodial bank in connection with overcharging fees.

Fort Smith Family Accused of Food Stamp Fraud Focus of Additional Investigations

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/1/2016 12:00 am

The U.S. government recently filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the Western District to keep the money it took from Raja Zaman and his son, Haroon “Harry” Zaman, who owns several Fort Smith convenience stores.

CALS Main Library Renewal Almost Completed

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/1/2016 12:00 am

Renovations at the Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library, at 100 S. Rock St. in the River Market District, are to be complete this week.

New American Trucking Associations CEO Chris Spear Pleases Arkansas Industry

by Marty Cook 8/1/2016 12:00 am

Chris Spear's appointment as the president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations is good news for Arkansas.

Slideshow: As Broadway Bridge Rises, Drivers Plot New Route

by Sarah Campbell 8/1/2016 12:00 am

The steel pieces floating on barges in the Arkansas River at downtown North Little Rock look like “a giant Erector Set,” but by next summer they are expected to form the basket-handle arches of the new $98.4 million Broadway Bridge.

Former Wal-Mart CFO Charles Holley Takes Appointment at Deloitte (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/1/2016 12:00 am

Charles Holley, retired chief financial officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has been appointed as an independent senior adviser for the U.S. CFO Program at Deloitte LLP. Holley will serve as an independent adviser to staff, clients and senior leadership at the company.

Play Your Own Game (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/1/2016 12:00 am

You need to play your own game. Don't let the decisions others are making be more than data points in the mix when making your own decisions, because they aren't working with the exact same factors.

The Public in Public Policy (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 8/1/2016 12:00 am

A much-needed increase in annual highway funding is a problem. It's a problem because the needs are so great, and the options for attainable, incremental funding are limited. In order to achieve the increases necessary to benefit all Arkansans, public involvement is needed in the development of new public policy leading to increased funding.

Arkansas Gets Spotlight at Both Party Conventions (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/31/2016 02:36 pm

Over the past two weeks, Arkansas has played an outsized role at the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

Home Ownership Down, Renting Up in Central Arkansas

by Sarah Campbell 7/28/2016 04:11 pm

Home ownership continues to decline as rental housing grows in central Arkansas and nationally, according to Metroplan's 2016 Demographic Review and Outlook.

Maria Markham Recommended as New Director of Department of Higher Education

by Alexis Hosticka 7/27/2016 11:35 am

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education director search committee will recommend Maria Markham as the new director of the ADHE, the department announced Wednesday.

Little Rock Doctor Robert Barrow Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/26/2016 04:00 pm

Barrow admitted billing for massage therapy as if it were physical therapy. He was ordered to pay almost $735,000 in restitution to patients and Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

At Rotary, Asa Hutchinson Talks Higher Education, Private Sector's Role in Economy

by Sarah Campbell 7/26/2016 02:12 pm

In a speech to the Rotary Club of Little Rock, Gov. Asa Hutchinson outlined what he sees as the keys to "sustained economic growth and vitality" in Arkansas.