Government & Politics Archive

Former Arkansas Treasurer to Begin Prison Sentence

by Associated Press 11/2/2015 12:37 pm

A former Arkansas treasurer convicted of bribery and extortion charges is scheduled to begin her 30-month federal prison sentence.

Filing Period Offers Answers About 2016 Race in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/2/2015 07:03 am

Dozens of legislative races around the state could offer answers on how both parties are adjusting to their newfound roles roughly a year after the GOP completed its sweep of statewide offices.

Arkansas Election Season Kicks Off With Filing Period

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/2/2015 06:59 am

Roughly a year after Republicans completed their sweep of statewide offices in Arkansas, the 2016 campaign begins officially in the state Monday with the start of the one-week filing period for candidates.

Here's North Little Rock's Top 10 Electric Customers for 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/2/2015 12:00 am

North Little Rock Electric's annual report for bondholders, which contains its revenue and the kilowatt hours sold, also includes a list of the city's top 10 electric customers and how much they paid to keep the lights on.

Leslie Rutledge Engages EPA in Legal Battles

by Mark Friedman 11/2/2015 12:00 am

State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced last week that Arkansas would join a multistate lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's new rule on ozone, the sixth legal battle she has entered with the federal agency since taking office in January.

Yellow Light (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/2/2015 12:00 am

People who don't want more of Little Rock to be devoted to roadway are trying to force suburbanites back into the city. No, the suburbanites just want to pave over Little Rock so they can get the heck out of Dodge. There is tension there.

Renewable Energy in the U.S. Hits 9.8% of Consumption

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/2/2015 12:00 am

In 2014, renewable energy comprised 9.8 percent of total energy consumption in the United States.

Taking the Road to Better Highways (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 11/2/2015 12:00 am

Arkansans have realized we can neither wait nor rely on Congress to adequately address highway or transportation infrastructure needs. States must address this issue themselves.

Five Make Moves at Arkansas Department of Career Education (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/2/2015 12:00 am

Trenia Miles, Kathy Koontz Edgerton, Kathi Turner, Brian Rogers and Sonja Wright-McMurray have new roles at the Arkansas Department of Career Education.

Jeremy Gillam: Lawmakers 'Stepping Up Our Game' to Expand Broadband

by Mark Carter 10/30/2015 12:13 pm

Arkansas House Speaker Jeremy Gillam is leading an effort to increase access to high-speed Internet across the state Arkansas historically lags other states in Internet access, and Gillam is seeking legislative action to expand it.

Little Rock to Host International Economic Development Conferences

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/29/2015 03:01 pm

Little Rock will host two international economic development conferences, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission said Wednesday.

Delta Challenge Pitch Contest Set for LR

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/29/2015 10:09 am

A project of the Delta Regional Authority, the competition aims to attract entrepreneurs from Arkansas and the entire Delta region to pitch their ideas for a fellowship with the Delta Entrepreneurship Network.

Goodwill Names Heather Haywood VP of Corporate Communications

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/29/2015 09:07 am

Goodwill Industries of Arkansas on Thursday named Heather Haywood vice president of corporate communications.

Small Business Health Insurance Program Launched

by Alexis Hosticka 10/28/2015 09:52 am

Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace will launch Arkansas SHOP, the small business health insurance options program state-based marketplace at 8 a.m. on Nov. 1.

Martha Shoffner Ready To Report to Prison

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

The former state treasurer, convicted in March 2014 of six counts of extortion, one count of attempted extortion and seven counts of bribery, is scheduled to begin her 30-month sentence in federal prison next Monday.

Appearances Matter II (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 10/26/2015 12:00 am

Michael Lamoureux, the former state senator who is now Gov. Asa Hutchinson's chief of staff, has some explaining to do.

Census Says Little Change in U.S. Poverty Rates

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

The poverty rates by age and gender in the United States in 2014 showed no statistical difference compared with 2013, according to a report released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Nurse Practitioners & Health Care (Zachary Helms Commentary)

by Zachary Helms 10/26/2015 12:00 am

Nurse practitioners, or NPs, have different cost structures than physicians and are more likely to be drawn to rural areas as a result. Yet the current practice environment restricts the ability of NPs to provide care.

IberiaBank's Pete Yuan on Regulation's Fine Line Between Helping and Hindering

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

Pete Yuan, in his role as president of IberiaBank's Arkansas region, also is responsible for the bank's title business, operated under Lender's Title, United Title and American Abstract.

Kane Webb Tapped to Lead State Parks and Tourism

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/22/2015 10:27 am

Arkansas newspaper and magazine veteran Kane Webb has been named by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to serve as the next executive director for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.