Government & Politics Archive

Hutchinson Announces $500K Grant for Cyber Range At UCA

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 10/4/2017 03:09 pm

University of Central Arkansas will receive a $500,000 grant to develop a cyber range to train college and K-12 students.

Planned Parenthood Seeks Halt to Arkansas Abortion Pill Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/4/2017 10:42 am

Planned Parenthood asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to prevent Arkansas from enforcing restrictions on how the abortion pill is administered while the organization asks the nation's highest court to review a ruling in favor of the new limits.

Economist: Gains in Key Sectors Means Solid Growth in Northwest Arkansas

by Marty Cook 10/3/2017 03:46 pm

Northwest Arkansas' strong employment doesn't yet pose a threat to its economic growth. That was one of the many positive messages delivered at the seventh annual State of Northwest Arkansas Region Report luncheon.

Delta Regional Authority Announces $2.8M for Arkansas Cities

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/3/2017 02:10 pm

The Delta Regional Authority and Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced $2.8 million in new DRA investments in the state's infrastructure, workforce and economy.

Charting a Course for Road Funding in Arkansas (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 10/3/2017 01:48 pm

Decisions made in the coming months by elected officials, and possibly the voters, will shape the future of Arkansas' transportation infrastructure for years to come.

Arkansas Revenue $7.1M Below Forecast in September

by Associated Press 10/3/2017 09:56 am

Arkansas finance officials say a decline in motor vehicle sales and business spending pushed the state's sales tax collections below forecast last month.

As State Looks for Banks, Big Names Poised to Enter Medical Marijuana Industry

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/2/2017 12:00 am

If at least one Arkansas bank doesn't step up to the plate by Dec. 1, legislators will look for another option to protect the state from the dangers of an all-cash industry.

Baptist Health, UAMS Join Forces, Look to Conway

by Mark Friedman 10/2/2017 12:00 am

The recent announcement by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Baptist Health of Little Rock that they would partner on clinical and academic efforts might be the beginning of a long-term collaboration.

The View from the Cheap Seat (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/2/2017 12:00 am

Even the phenomenon of certain professional football players protesting racial injustice in America by kneeling rather than standing during the playing of the national anthem is not new this season, although having a president eager to use a legal, nonviolent protest as fuel for political outrage is.

Trolling for Turmoil (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 10/2/2017 12:00 am

Democracy and capitalism are not the same. The first is political; the second economic. Nor is one created by the other. But they work well together, undergirded by the freedom to choose.

Prosecutor Confirmed for US Attorney Post in Arkansas

by Associated Press 9/29/2017 10:44 am

Cody Hiland has been confirmed for a U.S. attorney post in the state.

US Economic Growth Revised Up to 3.1 Percent Rate in 2Q

by Associated Press 9/28/2017 01:16 pm

The U.S. economy grew at an upgraded annual rate of 3.1 percent in the spring, the fastest pace in more than two years. But growth is expected to slow sharply this quarter in the wake of a string of devastating hurricanes.

David Sanders Named Director of Innovate Arkansas

by Lance Turner 9/28/2017 10:16 am

Winrock International names David Sanders director of Innovate Arkansas, the statewide initiative that helps scale Arkansas technology ventures.

UAMS Regional Campuses Get $4.2M for Education, Recruitment

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/28/2017 09:37 am

The eight University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences regional campuses have been awarded a five-year, $4.2 million grant for professional education, faculty development and recruitment.

Judge Blocks Arkansas from Enforcing Anti-Begging Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/27/2017 11:47 am

A federal judge has blocked an Arkansas anti-loitering law that opponents say unfairly targets panhandlers, calling it "plainly unconstitutional" and saying that other laws address the safety concerns state officials cited as the need for the restrictions.

Winrock International Awarded $279K Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/26/2017 01:33 pm

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that Winrock International has been awarded a $279,202 grant for the Delta Innovation Fund.

Donald Trump Vows to Cut Taxes 'Tremendously' for Middle Class

by Associated Press 9/26/2017 11:32 am

President Donald Trump vowed to deliver on a major tax cut for middle-class Americans on Tuesday as the White House and congressional leaders prepared to release details on a tax overhaul proposal that would slash the corporate rate and simplify the nation's tax code.

Bill Clinton Celebrates Little Rock 9, Warns More Work Lies Ahead

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 9/26/2017 07:08 am

Former President Bill Clinton told surviving members of the Little Rock Nine on Monday that they could wear dancing shoes to celebrate their integration of Central High School but must be ready to don marching boots as struggles for equality continue.

NC Offered Foxconn $570M, But Firm Took a Much Higher Deal

by Associated Press 9/25/2017 03:33 pm

North Carolina promised tax breaks and other incentives worth more than $570 million to attract a Foxconn electronics plant that could employ 8,800 people, but the state lost out to Wisconsin's five-times-larger offer, documents show.

Business Leaders, Officials Hope for U.S. 412 Expansion

by Graycen Colbert Bigger 9/25/2017 10:54 am

Elected officials and community business leaders throughout north Arkansas are working together to expand the state's principal east-west transportation route in support of economic development.