Insurance & Benefits Archive

Business Travel Fuels Uber Growth in Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Business travelers needing a ride in Arkansas are increasingly using their thumbs — not to hitchhike, but to tap the Uber app on their smartphones.

Presidential Hotel Hosts $8.5M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/16/2016 12:00 am

LR HI Associates LLC, an affiliate of Centura Capital of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, bought the Holiday Inn-Presidential at 600 Interstate 30. The seller is HI Presidential LLC, led by Larry Carpenter.

Three Former Employees Plead Guilty to Stealing $3.9M From Walnut Ridge Bank

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2016 05:15 pm

Brenda Montgomery and Cindy Tate, both of Walnut Ridge, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, and Peggy Sutton of Biggers admitted guilt on Wednesday. They will be sentenced at a later date.

$49.6 Million to Arkansas in Tobacco Settlement Payments

by Associated Press 5/10/2016 11:52 am

Arkansas has received $49.6 million in the latest annual payment from the tobacco industry as part of a 1998 settlement of a lawsuit against tobacco companies.

Applications for US Jobless Aid Climb, but Still Near Lows

by Associated Press 5/10/2016 11:50 am

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the totals stayed near historic lows in a sign that the recent slowdown in economic growth has yet to spark layoffs.

Arkansas Lawmakers Formally Adjourn Fiscal Session

by Associated Press 5/9/2016 11:26 am

Arkansas lawmakers have ended this year's fiscal session, with the current House speaker winning another two-year term leading the chamber.

FDIC Asks for Over $1.2M in Judgments Against Alex Golden, Amy McCay

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/9/2016 12:00 am

The FDIC has locally registered judgments of nearly $900,000 against Allied Bank president Alex Golden and more than $324,000 against his sister, Amy McCay.

Boozman, Eldridge Split Over Health Care at APME Forum

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2016 07:09 am

Poor people on Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion could still get coverage under a block-grant system if President Barack Obama's health overhaul is repealed, Republican Sen. John Boozman said Saturday.

Arkansas Insurance Department Puts Out Feelers on New Space

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Insurance Department may have its eye on a new office building.

US Employment, Earnings Gains Rose in March

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

The U.S. economy continued to rebound in March, as private-sector employment and average hourly earnings rose.

Fulton County Hospital Gets a Partner: White River Health System

by Mark Friedman 5/2/2016 12:00 am

White River Health System in Batesville has agreed to help Fulton County Hospital save money and improve health care by entering into an affiliation agreement.

Gateway Town Center Tracts Top $10.4M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Undeveloped commercial land in Little Rock's Gateway Town Center project generated two seven-digit transactions.

Holmes Highlights Other Class-Action Cases Settled in State Court

by Mark Friedman 4/25/2016 12:00 am

Going to Arkansas state courts to settle class-action cases and avoid federal review has generated a total of $8.34 million in attorneys' fees and expenses in five cases.

US Building Permits Show Long-Term Rise

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/25/2016 12:00 am

The number of building permits issued in February in the United States stood at 1.2 million, reflecting the gradual increase seen since they hit a low of 513,000 in March 2009.

Health Care Construction Spending in Arkansas Is Climbing

by Mark Friedman 4/25/2016 12:00 am

Spending on health care-related construction projects in Arkansas nearly doubled in 2015 compared with the previous year.

MedExpress Double-Dose Buy Tops $4.4 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 4/25/2016 12:00 am

National Retail Properties Ltd. of Orlando, Florida, purchased the Markham St. project in midtown Little Rock and the North Little Rock location.

Middle Class, Cash Poor And Desperate (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/25/2016 12:00 am

A couple of smart, talented, outwardly successful guys fell into the fatal trap of believing that they deserved a lifestyle they simply couldn't afford.

Once More, With Feeling (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/18/2016 12:00 am

The World Health Organization and the International Association for Suicide Prevention issued an 11-point guide for journalists, and the last point is this: “Recognize that media professionals themselves may be affected by stories about suicide.”

Executive Recruiter Cameron Smith on Assessing Assistants

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/18/2016 12:00 am

Cameron Smith founded the executive recruitment firm Cameron Smith & Associates in 1992. The firm has gone on to become the top provider of executive talent to the almost 1,400 vendors doing business with Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

In Fiscal Session, Another Battle in the War Over Medicaid (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 4/13/2016 01:28 pm

The 2016 fiscal session began at noon today and, as expected, the battle continues over the re-authorization of the Medicaid expansion program "Arkansas Works," formerly known as the private option. The outlook is not nearly as promising as it was a year ago.