Government & Politics Archive

West Memphis Moves Forward with $10.9M Rail Project

by Mark Friedman 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The city of West Memphis hopes to get the final approval by the end of this month to start work on a $10.9 million project to expand railroad infrastructure to service the city's port.

$10M Monticello Water Project Lands in Court

by Mark Friedman 5/11/2015 12:00 am

An attorney for the city of Monticello was shocked to learn that an Illinois contractor hired for a $10 million water project sued the city on April 21, the very day the two parties were in mediation. The origins of the dispute date back to 2011, when Siemens Industry Inc. of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, began looking at the water system in the city of about 10,000 people.

Enrollment Continues Post-Recession Slump at Top Universities, Colleges

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

College enrollment in Arkansas topped out in the 2011-12 academic year, the second year of lottery scholarships when the state's unemployment rate was near its post-recession peak.

Professional Degrees Edge Doctoral in Earnings, Unemployment Rates

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The education categories in the graphic reflect only the highest level of education attained. They don't take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates.

Student Loan Guarantee Foundation of Arkansas Finding New Mission

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

A new identity, GuidEd Solutions, is in place for the Student Loan Guarantee Foundation of Arkansas. It's the first in a long list of new products that the SLGFA has the expertise to deliver if it can round up colleges and universities that are willing and able to pay.

Arkansas Worker Education Ready for Makeover

by Jan Cottingham 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Over a year after state Sen. Jane English began her crusade to reform workforce education in Arkansas, Charisse Childers is poised to carry out what English thinks is the centerpiece of that reformation: Act 892 of 2015, signed into law last month.

Computer Courses Measure Puts Arkansas at Forefront of Expanding Coding Opportunities

by Sean Beherec 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson drew the attention of educators and the tech industry when he ushered a bill through the Legislature requiring all high schools in the state to offer a computer science course.

US Employers Add 223K Jobs, Rate Falls to 5.4 Percent

by Associated Press 5/8/2015 11:36 am

U.S. employers added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain that suggests the economy may be recovering after stumbling at the start of the year.

Shoffner Prosecutors Get More Time to Respond to Filing

by Associated Press 5/8/2015 07:49 am

Federal prosecutors are being given more time to respond to a filing by the attorney for convicted ex-Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

Arkansas Supreme Court Says Current Justices Should Hear Marriage Case

by Associated Press 5/7/2015 09:36 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court says its current lineup of justices should decide whether to legalize gay marriage in the state.

DFA Director Larry Walther Forecasts Rise in State Revenue

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 5/7/2015 06:43 am

Arkansas officials Wednesday revised the state's general revenue forecast for the current fiscal year, predicting a 2.1 percentage point increase over the previous forecast.

Asa Hutchinson Names Members of Highway Funding Working Group

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 02:50 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced the members of the Working Group on Highway Funding as directed by executive order.

Survey: Hiring by US Businesses Slows Sharply in April

by Associated Press 5/6/2015 11:22 am

U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, a private survey found, as the strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.

Baker Kurrus Picked to Lead Little Rock School District

by Associated Press 5/6/2015 06:58 am

State education officials say attorney Baker Kurrus will be the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District. Kurrus replaces former superintendent Dexter Suggs, who resigned last month amid allegations he plagiarized sections of his 2009 doctoral dissertation.

Hot Springs Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

by Associated Press 5/6/2015 06:57 am

The Hot Springs Board of Directors has passed an ordinance that would prohibit the city and its vendors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Legislators to Hear From State's Top Economic Official

by Associated Press 5/6/2015 06:55 am

An Arkansas legislative committee is scheduled to hear from the state's top economic official.

Private Option Enrollment High Among Arkansas Parolees

by Associated Press 5/5/2015 01:32 pm

About 70 percent of the state's more than 52,000 parolees and probationers have signed up for Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion, prison and parole officials told a legislative task force Thursday.

Rural Hospitals Struggle to Stay Open, Adapt to Changes

by Associated Press 5/5/2015 01:30 pm

A growing number of rural U.S. hospitals are closing their doors, citing a complex combination of changing demographics, medical practices, management decisions and federal policies that have put more financial pressure on facilities that sometimes average only a few in-patients a day.

Mike Huckabee, the Other Man from Hope, Opens 2016 Run

by Associated Press 5/5/2015 11:02 am

Declaring Tuesday that he can bring "the kind of change that truly can get America from hope to higher ground," former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee declared his Republican candidacy in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton.