Government & Politics Archive

Jonesboro Convention Center to Get Up to $7.5M in Tax Incentives

by Associated Press 10/3/2016 11:04 am

Arkansas officials have approved tax incentives for a hotel and convention center complex being constructed in Jonesboro.

G.C. Evans, Sleeve Seal Investing $6.4M, Creating 43 Jobs

by Alexis Hosticka 10/3/2016 10:44 am

G.C. Evans Sales and Manufacturing and Sleeve Seal say they will invest a combined $6.4 million to expand operations in Little Rock and create 43 new jobs.

Arkansas Medical Pot Foes Learn Lessons From 2012 (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/3/2016 06:57 am

A split among advocates of medical cannabis, a governor who's taking a more prominent role and a lineup of the state's most powerful lobbying groups are helping opponents as they ramp up their campaign against both measures.

Arkansas Parks & Tourism Ad Work Up for Bids

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/3/2016 12:00 am

The state of Arkansas is looking for a single agency for its largest advertising contract, the nearly $15 million a year it spends to promote Arkansas Parks & Tourism.

Arkansas Hospitals Report Healthier Results in 2015

by Mark Friedman 10/3/2016 12:00 am

On the annual checkup of hospitals, 61 out of the 86 hospitals on this year's list of the state's largest hospitals and medical centers — 71 percent — reported making money. That compares with 62 percent on the list that ran in 2013, just before the main features of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act took effect.

Today's Bank Takes On Teetering Allied

by George Waldon 10/3/2016 12:00 am

The Allied Bank staff was still a little shell-shocked when they convened at the main office in Mulberry on Saturday, Sept. 24. The day after regulators took over the $66.3 million-asset lender, employees gathered to learn what the future held under the new ownership of Today's Bank of Huntsville.

The Right To Petition Abridged (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 10/3/2016 12:00 am

A law which throws out a whole page of signatures if even one signer on the page is not a registered voter in the county is an example of the state Legislature interfering with the right of the people to petition the government.

Arkansas Sets Panel to Review Quality in Buffalo Watershed

by Associated Press 9/30/2016 12:32 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants the heads of five state agencies to review water quality issues within the watershed of the Buffalo National River and make sure Arkansas has a means to preserve and protect it.

Bank of the Ozarks Contributes to Statewide Deposit Growth

by Gwen Moritz 9/30/2016 10:11 am

Arkansas bank deposits topped $60 billion as of June 30, and Bank of the Ozarks alone accounted for more than $2 billion of $4.28 billion in new deposits.

Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Planned Parenthood Defunding

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/29/2016 04:08 pm

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Arkansas from prohibiting Medicaid payments for Planned Parenthood patients, expanding her order that forced the state to continue paying for three patients.

New Nursing Home Standards Preserve Patients' Right to Sue

by Associated Press 9/29/2016 01:31 pm

The Obama administration is issuing new nursing home standards that reverse a longstanding industry practice and preserve the rights of patients to sue in cases of abuse or neglect.

Business Opponents Say Legalizing Medical Marijuana Unsafe, Would Drive Away Jobs

by Sarah Campbell 9/28/2016 12:16 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and four business leaders speak against two proposals that would legalize marijuana use by those with certain medical conditions.

South Arkansas Community College Awarded $788K for Manufacturing Training Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/28/2016 09:02 am

South Arkansas Community College has been awarded a $788,587 grant from the Economic Development Administration to build an Advance Manufacturing Training Center in El Dorado.

Arkansas Court Will Not Reconsider Medical Marijuana Ruling

by Associated Press 9/27/2016 01:38 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider its decision rejecting an attempt to block votes on a proposal to legalize medical marijuana.

US Consumer Confidence Jumps in September

by Associated Press 9/27/2016 11:47 am

U.S. consumer confidence in September rose to the highest level in nine years, a hopeful sign that economic growth will accelerate in coming months.

What Commuters Can Expect When the Broadway Bridge Closes Wednesday

by Sarah Campbell 9/27/2016 10:06 am

Drivers coming in and out of Little Rock and North Little Rock will be confronted with shifting traffic patterns, lane changes and signal adjustments while the Broadway Bridge is closed for the next six months.

In Little Rock, Loretta Lynch Announces $20M for Police Body Cameras

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/26/2016 09:26 am

The Justice Department is awarding more than $20 million for local law enforcement agencies across the country to buy body cameras for officers in the wake of fatal shootings of black men by police that have led to protests and demonstrations.

UN, Heifer International Launch $4M Program in Africa

by Associated Press 9/26/2016 07:13 am

A United Nations agency is partnering with an Arkansas-based nonprofit group to launch a $4 million program for dairy farmers in East Africa.

Arkansas Ballot Cases Test of New Canvasser Rules (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/26/2016 07:10 am

Three challenges before the state's highest court will be the first major test of new restrictions paid canvassers, and may open the door for new ways to challenge future proposals.

Solar Jobs Grow in US by 20 Percent in 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/26/2016 12:00 am

In Arkansas, however, only 264 people were employed in solar jobs in 2015, putting the state at 49th in per-capita ranking of solar jobs among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.