Government & Politics Archive

Former Head of Medicaid to Work With Arkansas DHS, UAMS

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/2/2016 11:18 am

Dennis G. Smith, former head of Medicaid under President George W. Bush, will become a visiting faculty member at UAMS and senior adviser for Medicaid and Health Care Reform for the state Department of Human Services.

AARP Arkansas Names New State President

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2016 04:11 pm

AARP Arkansas on Thursday announced that Charlie Wagener, who lives near Beebe, has been selected as its new state president, the organization's highest volunteer position.

Urban League Report Examines Hispanics, African Americans in Arkansas

by Sarah Campbell 9/1/2016 11:34 am

The Urban League of the State of Arkansas releases its first yearly report examining the "State of African Americans and Hispanics in Arkansas."

Measure Allowing Casinos in 3 Arkansas Counties Makes Ballot

by Associated Press 9/1/2016 10:17 am

Arkansas election officials have approved for the ballot a measure that would legalize casinos in three border counties.

Second Medical Marijuana Proposal OK'd for Arkansas Ballot

by Associated Press 8/31/2016 04:38 pm

Arkansas election officials have approved a second measure legalizing medical marijuana for the November ballot.

How Arkansas' 2 Medical Marijuana Proposals Differ (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 8/31/2016 02:19 pm

Examining the similarities — and differences — of the two medical marijuana initiatives voters will face in November.

Governor, FDA Sign Agreement Extending NCTR Program

by Sarah Campbell 8/31/2016 11:45 am

Arkansas has signed a memorandum of understanding to extend its partnership with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson County.

Picasolar Gets $2M for Solar Cell Technology Pilot

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/31/2016 10:26 am

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2 million to Picasolar Inc. for a pilot manufacturing program connected to solar cell technology developed at the university.

Bill Clinton Eyes Exit From Charity That Has Shaped Legacy

by Associated Press 8/31/2016 06:49 am

When Bill Clinton told the staff of his global charity he would have to step down if Hillary Clinton won the White House, he was vividly clear about how that felt: Worse than a root canal, he said.

Arkansas Lawmaker Stepping Down to Work for Governor

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/30/2016 11:52 am

An Arkansas lawmaker is stepping down from his office at the end of the month to work as a top aide to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Eldridge, Arkansas Democrats Back Medical Marijuana

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/29/2016 04:48 pm

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge says he supports legalizing medical marijuana, backing the idea days after Arkansas Democrats endorsed making the drug available to some patients.

Arkansas Court Asked to Block Measure on Medical Lawsuits

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/29/2016 12:44 pm

A group opposed to a ballot proposal that would place limits on damages in medical lawsuits is asking Arkansas' highest court to block voting on the proposed constitutional amendment in November.

US Consumer Spending Posts Slower Growth in July

by Associated Press 8/29/2016 11:41 am

American consumers boosted spending at a slower pace in July, while their incomes accelerated slightly.

Decision Time for Noelle Nikpour in Florida's Tuesday Primary

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/29/2016 12:00 am

Noelle Nikpour has been getting some flak lately for not owning a home in Florida's 18th Congressional District, even though the former (current?) Arkansan and GOP strategist is running to represent the district.

It Takes a Village II (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/29/2016 12:00 am

This week we praise the joint effort — even if neither coordinated nor fully intentional — of local media outlets to shed light on a puzzling situation involving the award of a $159 million state contract to an Indiana company.

Trucking Calls Out for More Young Drivers

by Marty Cook 8/29/2016 12:00 am

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a pilot program earlier this month in which a group of military veterans aged 18-21, all of whom have to have heavy vehicle training, would be allowed to drive trucks across state lines in order to study their safety capabilities against a group of older drivers.

Even With Internet, Nate Coulter Sees Long Shelf Life for Libraries

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/29/2016 12:00 am

Nate Coulter was named executive director of the Central Arkansas Library System in December, replacing Bobby Roberts, who retired in March.

Wal-Mart's McMillon Tops Compensation List of 100 Arkansas Public Company Execs

by Gwen Moritz 8/29/2016 12:00 am

C. Douglas McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has returned to the No. 1 spot on the annual list of executive compensation at publicly traded companies headquartered in the state.

25 Years After the Arkansas Gazette's Closing, Veterans Consider Consequences

by Kyle Massey 8/29/2016 12:00 am

The last shot between the Arkansas Gazette and the Arkansas Democrat was fired nearly 25 years ago when the Gazette, the oldest business in the state, was shut down after 172 years and its assets were sold to its rival.

Latest Numbers Factor in Arkansas Medicaid Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/28/2016 10:22 am

The proposed insurance rate increases for Arkansas' exchange and the announcement that the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion's enrollment has topped more than 300,000 may complicate the debate next year over the future of the expanded coverage.