Government & Politics Archive

Adviser's Serial Firings Show 'Big Problem' at Brokerages

by Associated Press 6/7/2016 06:46 am

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Tom Cotton have asked FINRA to address what it's doing about firms that routinely employ brokers with a history of fleecing clients.

Arkansas Lawmaker Resigning for Job at Human Services

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 6/6/2016 11:03 am

Republican state Rep. Kelley Linck has notified Gov. Asa Hutchinson that he will be resigning his elected position to take a job with the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Lawmakers Face Growing To-Do List for '17 Session (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/6/2016 07:24 am

It's already clear lawmakers and Gov. Asa Hutchinson have a full plate for the 2017 session.

BKD Agrees to $4 Million Settlement with FDIC

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/6/2016 12:00 am

Accounting firm BKD LLP agreed to pay the FDIC $4 million to settle a federal lawsuit tied to the 2010 failure of First Southern Bank of Batesville.

Businesses in Arkansas Confront Shooter Scenario

by Kyle Massey 6/6/2016 12:00 am

Many Arkansas businesses and institutions now have reaction plans for mass shootings, and some training goes beyond the federal government's basic run-and-hide recommendations.

You Can Go Home Again: More Young Americans Living With Parents

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/6/2016 12:00 am

Living with a parent is the most common living arrangement for 18- to 34-year-olds in the United States, the first time on record that that has been the case, according to the Pew Research Center.

Rich Huddleston: Improving Welfare Will Benefit Arkansas' Future

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/6/2016 12:00 am

Before being named the executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families in July 2004, Rich Huddleston was the research and fiscal policy director for the nonprofit and was the lead program staff for its State Fiscal Analysis Initiative.

Arkansas Panel not Looking at Raises for Elected Officials

by Associated Press 6/3/2016 03:36 pm

The chairman of an Arkansas commission that sets salaries for the state's top elected officials says the panel is not considering any pay hikes since other state employees didn't get a raise this year.

Fed Member Lael Brainard Urges Caution on Raising Interest Rates

by Associated Press 6/3/2016 11:38 am

An ally of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen who has been a longtime skeptic of raising interest rates is signaling that the Fed should be in no hurry to act, especially after Friday's bleak U.S. jobs report.

2 Republicans To Run for Arkansas Secretary of State in '18

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/2/2016 02:36 pm

Two Republicans say they're running for Arkansas secretary of state in 2018, signaling a potentially crowded primary for a position that will be key in redrawing legislative district lines.

Leslie Rutledge Approves Wording of Casino Ballot Measure

by Associated Press 6/2/2016 06:46 am

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has cleared the way for supporters of a proposal to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties to begin gathering signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

In Little Rock, Alzheimer's Association President Calls for More Research

by Sarah Campbell 6/1/2016 11:27 am

Alzheimer's Association President and CEO Harry Johns says the number of those diagnosed with the disease is on the rise, as is the cost of care, and more federal research dollars are needed.

Arkansas Lottery Sales Pass Record High

by Alexis Hosticka 6/1/2016 11:06 am

With one full month remaining in the fiscal year, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery last week surpassed its previous cash sales record for annual draw game sales.

Asa Hutchinson Names AJ Gary New ADEM Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/31/2016 11:15 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday named A.J. Gary, the former chief of police for the Conway Police Department, as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

No Easy Options for Arkansas' Long-Term Road Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/31/2016 07:04 am

The biggest criticism of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to raise nearly $50 million for highways is that it doesn't address the long-term needs for Arkansas' roads. But when you look at the options for closing that larger funding gap, it's easy to see why the governor punted.

'A Good Graphic' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/30/2016 12:00 am

A couple of weeks ago, I opined in this space that our Legislature should just raise the blankety-blank fuel tax to pay for the highway construction and maintenance that Arkansans need and want. Last week, I ranted about the use and misuse of data, including by “the media” (my favorite monolith). This week, thanks to our friends on the editorial page at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, I'm going to pull both of those topics together.

2 Banks Join Arkansas Business' Largest Private Companies List

by Gwen Moritz 5/30/2016 12:00 am

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $34.2 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up more than 4 percent in a year.

Hutchinson Names 2, Promotes 2 at Arkansas Racing Commission

by Associated Press 5/27/2016 08:35 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named two people to the Arkansas Racing Commission and moved two others into leadership roles with the panel.

5 Companies Given Global Trade Awards, Trans-Pacific Partnership Touted

by Sarah Campbell 5/25/2016 09:10 am

Esterline Defense Technologies, CAT Squared, RH Preyda, Cobb-Vantress Inc. and Rock Town Distillery Inc. were recognized at an annual luncheon Tuesday.

Be Pro Be Proud Initiative Receives $80K in Investments

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/24/2016 02:37 pm

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas announced Tuesday its acceptance of a $50,000 investment from the Gene Haas Foundation and a $30,000 investment from Tyson Foods Inc.