Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Gets $4M to Fund Apprenticeship Program

by Associated Press 9/16/2015 03:50 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $4 million to Arkansas to help expand apprenticeship programs in certain industries.

Arkansas Governor's Quality Award Winners Announced

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/16/2015 08:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson recognized winners at the Governor's Quality Award Program held at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock. North Arkansas College of Harrison took top honors in receiving the Governor's Award for Performance Excellence.

Shifting Debate Strategies, GOP Hopefuls to Take on Trump

by Associated Press 9/16/2015 06:45 am

Donald Trump's unexpected durability has led some of his rivals to shift their strategy for Wednesday's second debate. Now their goal is to engage Trump, without inflicting any damage on their own campaigns.

Sanders: Hold Off On Vendor Request for Insurance Exchange

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/15/2015 04:10 pm

A state legislator asked an Arkansas panel Tuesday to hold off on looking at vendors for setting up a state-run insurance exchange as lawmakers look at broader reforms to Medicaid and health care.

Unmanned Drones Banned From Arkansas Capitol Grounds

by Associated Press 9/15/2015 03:35 pm

A new policy is prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft near the Arkansas state Capitol.

As Fed Meets, Decision on Rate Hike Seems Like a Toss-Up

by Associated Press 9/15/2015 11:42 am

Nine years after they last raised their benchmark interest rate and after months of feverish speculation, Federal Reserve policymakers this week may finally raise that rate from a record low near zero. Unless they don't.

Lockheed Martin in Camden to Work $227M Contract

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2015 10:35 am

Lockheed Martin has won a $227 million contract from the U.S. Army for Lot 10 production of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary, and the first order of GMLRS Alternative Warhead production.

Southern Bancorp Awarded $2M by Treasury CDFI Fund

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2015 09:34 am

Southern Bancorp Inc. is awarded $2 million, the maximum available under the Financial Assistance program of the U.S. Treasury's CDFI Fund.

Startup Junkie One of 7 Selected for SBA ScaleUp Program

by Mark Carter 9/15/2015 09:19 am

Startup Junkie Consulting of Fayetteville is one of seven organizations across the country selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration to administer a ScaleUp America startup accelerator.

John Boozman Says It's Fair to Highlight Conner Eldridge's Obama Ties

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/15/2015 06:51 am

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman said Monday it's fair to highlight his Democratic rival and former federal prosecutor Conner Eldridge's ties to President Barack Obama, who remains deeply unpopular in Arkansas.

Judge Sets Hearing on Arkansas Defunding Planned Parenthood

by Associated Press 9/14/2015 10:49 am

A federal judge has set a Thursday hearing over Arkansas' decision to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.

Don't Be Surprised by Delays on Arkansas Death Row (Kelly Kissel Analysis)

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 9/14/2015 07:33 am

It should come as no surprise that two years after Gov. Mike Beebe floated the idea of perhaps doing away with the death penalty, eight condemned inmates would be lined up for their turn in Arkansas' death chamber. But no one should be surprised if some or even all of the execution dates set between now and Jan. 14 pass without anyone dying.

Officials: Term Increases in Craighead County Would Improve Service to Residents

by Associated Press 9/14/2015 07:18 am

Some officials are supporting legislation that would extend term lengths for elected county officials from two years to four.

Of Twitter & Politics (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/14/2015 12:00 am

Twitter, and other social media, allows political leaders to reveal themselves more often and more candidly than ever before.

Twitter Effort Tackles Infrastructure Needs

by Marty Cook 9/14/2015 12:00 am

Shannon Newton's constituents are - obviously as president of the Arkansas Trucking Association - Arkansas trucking executives, who are in favor of raising the federal fuel tax to fund highway upkeep and repair.

Mayor Mark Stodola Looks to Keep Main Street Makeover Moving

by George Waldon 9/14/2015 12:00 am

A mix of retail and of-fice buildings that decades ago were part of the city's historic commercial core have combined with new construction to recast a string of properties. A foundation of restaurants, apartments and the performing arts will be joined by a high-rise hotel redevelopment and the Little Rock Tech Park.

Arkansas Municipalities Left to Clean up After Property Owners Leave Mess

by Mark Friedman 9/14/2015 12:00 am

Dealing with property owners who neglect dilapidated commercial buildings is becoming a growing problem for cities, especially when they crumble, Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said. Other officials in cities and towns in Arkansas agree with her.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Board, Commission Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/11/2015 04:19 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced the following appointments.

Planned Parenthood Sues Arkansas Over Loss of Medicaid Money

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 9/11/2015 12:48 pm

Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging Arkansas' cancellation of its Medicaid provider contract, which Gov. Asa Hutchinson terminated amid concerns about secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group.

Huckabee: Arkansas Clerks Could Deny Gay Couple Unions

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 9/10/2015 12:53 pm

Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says that since the state hasn't changed its laws to accommodate same-sex marriages, county clerks could rightfully withhold licenses from gay couples.