Government & Politics Archive

Candace Franks Retained by Asa Hutchinson as Arkansas State Bank Department Commissioner

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2014 02:26 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson will retain Candace Franks as commissioner of the Arkansas State Bank Department.

Bill Clinton Speaks on Presidential Library, Economic Future at LR Chamber Meeting

by Lee Hogan 12/4/2014 02:15 pm

Former President Bill Clinton told the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce that the Clinton Presidential Center and its impact is a good model for economic growth in the state.

Colette Honorable Introduced as Nominee to Energy Panel

by Associated Press 12/4/2014 11:47 am

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman of Arkansas have introduced an Arkansan as a nominee to a post on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

HealthCare.gov Average Premiums Going Up in 2015

by Associated Press 12/4/2014 11:39 am

Obama administration officials are acknowledging that HealthCare.gov premiums, on average, will go up next year.

AEDC: LM Wind Power Paid Back $3.4M in Incentives

by Mark Carter 12/4/2014 10:43 am

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission says Danish manufacturer LM Wind Power, which operates a plant in Little Rock, has repaid the state $3.4 million in incentives following a review that indicated the company had not met specified employment goals.

Jonesboro Police Chief Hires Mayor's Son

by Associated Press 12/4/2014 09:06 am

The police chief of a northeastern Arkansas city has temporarily hired the mayor's son to work in the department.

Asa Hutchinson Asks Farmers to Support $100M Tax Cut

by Associated Press 12/3/2014 05:50 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson is asking Arkansas' largest farming advocacy group to support his proposal to cut income taxes for the middle class by $100 million.

Update: Asa Hutchinson Taps Bill Bryant as State Police Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/3/2014 01:30 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has announced Bill Bryant will serve as director of the Arkansas State Police.

Arkansas Research Alliance Launches ARA Fellows Program

by Mark Carter 12/3/2014 11:05 am

The ARA Fellows program was created to recognize and reward distinguished research talent at the state's five research universities, and is a complement to the ARA Scholars program, which recruits new research talent to the state.

Appointments for Independent Citizens Commission Announced

by Lee Hogan 12/3/2014 10:57 am

The seven appointments for the Independent Citizens Commission, which will decide the salaries for all elected state officials, were announced Wednesday morning.

AHTD Makes Three Staff Promotions

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/3/2014 10:35 am

The Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department has announced three promotions at its Little Rock office.

Harrison Mayor Results Certified Amid Questions

by Associated Press 12/3/2014 10:12 am

Boone County election officials certified Dan Sherrell as Harrison's new mayor despite questions about non-residents voting in city elections.

After Recount, Still No Winner In Hot Springs Mayor's Race

by Associated Press 12/3/2014 07:36 am

A recount in this year's Hot Springs mayor's race gave incumbent Ruth Carney a bigger lead, but there was no immediate resolution after clerks said some voters may have been given the wrong ballots in the November election.

In Fort Smith, Water, Sewer Fees Will Double

by Associated Press 12/3/2014 07:35 am

A 12-year, $200 million plan to help the city comply with the federal Clean Water Act will come at a cost: City residents will see water and sewer fees double in the next five years.

Asa Hutchinson to Speak at Farm Bureau Convention

by Associated Press 12/3/2014 07:30 am

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to speak to the state's largest farming advocacy group as it gathers for its annual convention in Hot Springs.

Arkansas Report Details Ways to Trim Re-Offending

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/2/2014 03:50 pm

Hiring additional probation officers, giving businesses a tax credit for employing ex-offenders and expanding training programs are among two dozen steps Arkansas can take to reduce the number of former inmates returning to prison, state officials told lawmakers Tuesday.

Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Jump to 313,000

by Associated Press 12/2/2014 01:56 pm

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.

Hearing Officer Appointed in Steele Stephens, Robert Keenan Cases

by Lance Turner 12/2/2014 01:40 pm

Arkansas Securities Commissioner A. Heath Abshure said Tuesday that he has appointed Jack Pruniski of Hilburn Calhoon Harper Pruniski & Calhoun of Little Rock as hearing officer in the cases of Steele Stephens and Robert Keenan.

More US CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months

by Associated Press 12/2/2014 11:33 am

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.

Arkansans More Pessimistic About Finances, Feel Better About Major Household Purchases

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 10:40 am

Arkansans feel more pessimistic about their current and expected financial situation, but feel more optimistic about buying major household items, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.