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Arkansas Open Records Advocates Fear Major Change in FOI Law

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/13/2017 07:37 am

In the 50 years since Republican Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's signature enacted one of the nation's strongest laws ensuring government openness, legislators have carved out fewer than two dozen exemptions to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Disputed Contracts Place Procurement in Spotlight

by Kyle Massey 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Disputes over recent state contracts have put Republican lawmakers at odds with the Republican governor, angered potential vendors and muddied understanding on what businesses can expect from the process of awarding state work.

Bill Seeks to Change Procurement Process; Businesses Want to Understand It

by Kyle Massey 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Procurement laws are complicated, state Sen. Jimmy Hickey says, and he should know: He has helped rewrite them more than once.

I've Never Been So Insulted (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Lately, I'm not sure anything is an insult — at least nothing that is intended to be. Words hurled as put-downs seem to be promptly turned into slogans.

Trust, but Verify (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/13/2017 12:00 am

This week is Sunshine Week, a time to celebrate access to public information and open government. It's timely, considering that the 91st General Assembly has been busily chipping away at the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, already less robust than it was when it was a national model 50 years ago.

Digital Strategy Leader Bryan Jones Clicks with Stone Ward

by Kyle Massey 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Bryan Jones was settled in self-employed awesomeness after more than a decade at Little Rock advertising agencies CJRW and Eric Rob & Isaac. Then Stone Ward gave him the summons he wanted.

Agency 501 Gets Busy for La-Z-Boy

by Kyle Massey 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Agency 501 Inc., the Little Rock advertising agency founded by McCabe Reynolds and Jason Spees in 2012, has announced some new business, some new hires and plans for a new office in Memphis.

Micah Whitfield To Lead Magna IV Expansion into Northwest Arkansas (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Micah Whitfield recently joined the Magna IV team as director of business development and will oversee the expansion of the company in northwest Arkansas.

NATCO's Steven Sanders Reappointed to Broadband Council (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Steven Sanders Jr. has been reappointed to the Arkansas Broadband Council in Little Rock for the term of Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2018.

$8.3 Million Transaction Calls on Barrington Hills Apartments (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/13/2017 12:00 am

The 232-unit apartment project in west Little Rock was purchased by PR Barrington Hills LLC of Wellington, Florida.

13 Firms Make Bids for Arkansas' $14M Parks & Tourism Ad Business

by Kyle Massey 3/8/2017 03:24 pm

Longtime state tourism marketer CJRW is one of 13 advertising firms from several states competing for the state's largest ad contract, the $14 million-a-year pact for promoting the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

Courtney Pledger Named to Lead AETN; Was Leader of Hot Springs Film Festival

by Kyle Massey 3/7/2017 11:32 am

Courtney Pledger is named the new executive director of the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

Verizon Arena Breaks Revenue Record in 2016

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

North Little Rock's Verizon Arena set a new revenue record last year: $7.84 million.

Gatehouse Media May Follow Democrat-Gazette's Lead in Staff Cuts

by Kyle Massey 3/6/2017 12:00 am

The gloom in Arkansas' daily newspapers only deepened last month as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette cut the equivalent of 12 to 15 jobs while the parent company of GateHouse Media, which owns dailies in Pine Bluff, Fort Smith, Arkadelphia, Stuttgart and Hope, also signaled an appetite for more cuts.

Hospitality, Heritage Honor Tourism and Restaurant Stars

by Jan Cottingham 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Some stars in the hospitality industry generally and the restaurant sector specifically shine. A couple of state organizations recognized these stars last week.

Time to Unplug? (Sonya Premeaux Commentary)

by Sonya Premeaux 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Cramming more work in a day through electronic devices may backfire.

Diamond Lewis Joins Culturally Connected Communications (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Diamond Lewis has been hired as public relations and accounts manager at Culturally Connected Communications in Little Rock.

Johnny Cash's Footsteps Lead Tourists Back in Time to Dyess

by Kyle Massey 3/6/2017 12:00 am

The legacy of American musician Johnny Cash attracts history buffs and music fans from dozens of countries and every state to his boyhood home in the Historic Dyess Colony, the largest agricultural resettlement of the Depression-era New Deal.

Sources: KATV Owner Sinclair Approaches Tribune Co. About A Deal

by Jessica Toonkel and Liana B. Baker, Reuters 3/1/2017 11:05 am

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has approached rival U.S. broadcaster Tribune Media Co. to discuss a potential combination, people familiar with the matter tell Reuters.

Gary Lay Firms Acquire Mass Enthusiasm, ARCA

by Kyle Massey 2/28/2017 11:48 am

Gary W. Lay of GWL Advertising has completed deals to acquire Mass Enthusiasm and for GWL's See Spot Run Productions to absorb Audio Recording Corporation of Arkansas

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