Government & Politics Archive

Judge Voids Marijuana Commission's Cultivation Choices

by Lance Turner 3/21/2018 11:20 am

A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge declares the Arkansas Marijuana Commission's scoring of cultivator applicants "null and void," preventing the commission from officially awarding cultivation licenses.

With Solar Power Ruling Near, Law's Sponsor Backs Utilities

by Kyle Massey 3/20/2018 09:17 am

As regulators weigh arguments on how utility customers should pay for self-generated electricity, the lawmaker who helped initiate the process clarifies which side he's on: the utilities.

UAMS Professor Receives $11.3M Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/19/2018 10:33 am

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences professor has been awarded a $11.3 million federal grant to be distributed over five years that will fund the launch of a Center For Musculoskeletal Disease Research.

John Kirk Writing Winthrop Rockefeller Biography

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/19/2018 12:00 am

John Kirk is writing the first full-length biography of Arkansas Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller.

One Day Last Week (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/19/2018 12:00 am

So many big news stories happening that not all could get the attention they deserved.

Remember The Patients (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/19/2018 12:00 am

The awarding of licenses to grow and dispense medical marijuana in Arkansas was bound to be controversial, and so it is.

Governor Signs Pharmacy Benefit Manager Bill into Law

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/15/2018 10:50 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs into law a bill that requires pharmacy benefit managers to be licensed by the state. The Arkansas Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act requires licensure of any PBM that services any insurance plans that are not self-funded by employers.

ATU Announces New Government Relations Head

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/15/2018 08:37 am

Ashley Golleher took office as director of government relations at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville on March 1.

Judge Puts Brakes on Licenses for Marijuana Growers

by Lance Turner 3/14/2018 02:33 pm

A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Arkansas Marijuana Commission from officially issuing cultivation licenses.

FBI: Rusty Cranford Tried to Hire Hit Man

by Gwen Moritz 3/13/2018 11:33 am

Rusty Cranford, a former Arkansas lobbyist, was recorded trying to hire someone to murder a co-defendant who pleaded guilty in an embezzlement case in Missouri, according to prosecutors.

New Arkansas Mandate Would Increase Drug Costs for Employers, Consumers (Mark Merritt Commentary)

by Mark Merritt 3/13/2018 10:21 am

This week, the Arkansas Legislature is considering a new mandate forcing employers and government health plans to pay more for prescription drugs.

SPONSORED: Sports Parks Energize Local Economies

by 3/13/2018 08:00 am

If the proper factors are considered, new facilities can boost sports tourism in a community and provide new sources of revenues.

Hutchinson Announces Appointments to School Safety Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/12/2018 11:31 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces appointments to the Arkansas School Safety Commission, which will hold its first meeting on Tuesday.

Arkansas' January Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.7 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/12/2018 10:02 am

Arkansas' January unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent.

Stuck in the Middle: Regulating Pharmacy Benefit Managers

by Gwen Moritz 3/12/2018 12:00 am

A special legislative session starting Tuesday is expected to result in deep-red Arkansas becoming the first state to license and regulate pharmacy benefit managers.

Arkansas Parks & Tourism Lodges Highlight Mountains & Lakes

by George Waldon 3/12/2018 12:00 am

The big five money-makers in state parks last year were cabin rentals, more than $5.2 million; camping, $4.8 million; restaurants, more than $4.7 million; lodges, nearly $4.6 million; and gift shops, almost $3.2 million.

A Reason for Every Regulation (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/12/2018 12:00 am

Regulations are a way that our society, through our elected government, levels out playing fields and creates transparency and protects the weak from abuse by the strong.

Pharmacists Deserve Free Speech Too (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/12/2018 12:00 am

In the U.S., complexity is often the enemy of reform, particularly when the first step in health care reform would be to make health care costs transparent.

Annual Show Lets Newport Show Off Artists, and Itself

by Kyle Massey 3/12/2018 12:00 am

Starting next month, a resurgent downtown Newport will host events on 22 of 26 weekends, culminating in late September with Depot Days, the city's signature music festival.

More Critics Puncture Fed's Plan for Infrastructure

by Marty Cook 3/12/2018 12:00 am

The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Wharton Budget Model has sown doubt over a federal infrastructure plan that calls for 1.5 trillion in new infrastructure investment.