Government & Politics Archive

Senate Approves Teacher Insurance Plan

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 02:39 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would prevent large premium increases for the state's public school employees.

Arkansas Lawmakers Plan Midnight Session Votes

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 11:31 am

House and Senate leaders said they planned to meet at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday to hold what's expected to be the final votes on measures addressing teacher insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and new lottery restrictions.

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Keno Moratorium

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 09:40 am

The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday endorsed the proposal prohibiting the lottery from starting the games until March 13, 2015. A House panel advanced an identical proposal Monday.

Survey: Midwest Economy Growing

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 09:23 am

The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states including Arkansas should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday.

Big River Closes Financing for Steel Mill

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/1/2014 09:09 am

A formal groundbreaking ceremony will be held later this summer. Big River plans to employ more than 500 workers at an average annual salary of $75,000.

Lawmakers Convene for Special Session

by Andrew DeMillio, The Associated Press 6/30/2014 04:58 pm

Arkansas lawmakers opened a special legislative session Monday where they hope to tackle rising teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and an effort to prevent the state lottery from offering keno.

Mark Pryor Surviving Despite TV Ad Onslaught

by Associated Press 6/30/2014 01:52 pm

In a state where Democrats have become an endangered species in the past decade, the televised onslaught ought to have long since laid flat the Senate incumbent perhaps most vulnerable come November.

Pulaski County Jail Exceeds Capacity, Closing to New Offenders

by Mark Carter 6/30/2014 01:11 pm

The sheriff's office says the jail had 1,281 inmates as of Monday morning — which is above the facility's capacity of 1,210 inmates.

Waiting Room: Medicare Appeals Tie Up Hospitals' Millions

by Mark Friedman 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Adding to hospital frustration is the way that the RACs, which are private companies, are paid: They have a financial incentive to deny as many claims as possible because they receive up to 12.5 percent of the money recovered.

Jim Bolt Criminal Saga Reveals ‘A Certain Amount Of Genius'

by Gwen Moritz 6/30/2014 12:00 am

A federal judge sentenced James W. Bolt to a sentence 29 months longer than standard sentencing guidelines. It was an acknowledgement that the only way to keep Bolt from breaking the law was to keep him locked up.

Trail Boosts Springdale's Downtown Effort

by Marty Cook 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The city of Springdale's master plan calling for rejuvenating its downtown is estimated to be about $20.5 million in improvements, coinciding with the opening of the Razorback Greenway trail later this year.

Dental Examiners Board Asks Court To Toss Ben Burris Lawsuit

by Mark Friedman 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners recently asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by orthodontist Dr. Ben Burris of Fort Smith.

Fed Industry Councils Play Key Role (Mark A. Bentley Commentary)

by Mark A. Bentley 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Last year I was invited to become a member of one of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' four industry councils. The councils are made up of business leaders in four key industry sectors: real estate, agribusiness, health care and transportation. I have the privilege of representing the commercial real estate industry in Arkansas.

Judge Jolts Electric Supplier in Noncompete Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Not only did U.S. District Court Judge Billy Roy Wilson recently rule in favor of a group of workers who were sued for quitting their jobs to join a competitor, but he awarded the lawyers who represented them attorneys' fees and costs in the case.

Short-Term Answers to Long-Term Problems (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/29/2014 03:56 pm

The measures lawmakers are taking up this week to avert a looming increase in teacher health insurance premiums and ease an influx of state inmates crowding local jails won't completely solve either problem.

Hillary Clinton Signing Books in West Little Rock

by Associated Press 6/27/2014 01:58 pm

Hillary Clinton is in Little Rock, signing copies of her newest book, "Hard Choices." Fans of the former secretary of state arrived as early as 3:30 a.m. Friday to wait in line at a Little Rock Wal-Mart for a chance to meet Clinton.

Mike Beebe Adds Lottery to Special Session Agenda

by Associated Press 6/27/2014 01:36 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says next week's special legislative session will also include a proposal to prohibit the lottery from adding monitor games such as keno.

Hillary Clinton's Wealth a Fresh Talking Point

by Associated Press 6/27/2014 09:15 am

Hillary Rodham Clinton is a hardworking champion of women, children and the poor. Or she's a wealthy elitist more comfortable in Davos, Switzerland, than Davenport, Iowa. Which is it? If Clinton decides to again run for president, how voters answer that question could play a role in whether she's able to win the White House.

New Website Aims to Help Entrepreneurs Open Business

by Lee Hogan 6/26/2014 03:50 pm

First-time entrepreneurs in Arkansas have a new online tool that was constructed to help them navigate the process of opening a business.

Special Session Highlights Arkansas' Old Capitol

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/26/2014 03:05 pm

The last time Arkansas lawmakers took up significant legislation in the Old State House building, wireless meant the telegraph and the only tweets were what you heard outside.