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Arkansas Supreme Court: Minimum Wage Issue Stays on Ballot

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/28/2014 08:10 am

Arkansas' highest court ruled Monday that a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage can remain on the November ballot.

Weyerhaeuser CEO Doyle R. Simons Says Housing Stats On Path Out of the Woods

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Simons has been a director of Weyerhaeuser since June 2012. He was chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland Inc. from 2008 to February 2012, when it was acquired by International Paper. He held various management positions with Temple-Inland, including executive vice president from 2005 to 2007 and chief administrative officer from 2003 to 2005. Before joining Temple-Inland in 1992, he practiced real estate and banking law with Hutcheson & Grundy LLP of Houston.

Windstream Transaction Adds Up to $8.6 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/27/2014 12:00 am

A 30,400-SF data center shifted ownership in a sale-leaseback transaction valued at $8.6 million, and land for a future bank branch development in the Heights area of Little Rock tipped the scales at $2.2 million.

First National Bank of Paragould Gains Northwest Arkansas Presence (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

First Paragould Bankshares Inc. closed on its acquisition of five former Metropolitan National Bank branches in northwest Arkansas.

New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' wine producers said Act 483, which went into effect in August 2013, puts the state wineries at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state shippers. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration said 114 permits have been issued to allow shipping to Arkansas consumers, but only two permits have been given to a state winery.

The Interesting Battle over Alcohol in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 10/24/2014 11:01 am

The Los Angeles Times offers a look at the battle being waged over Arkansas' alcohol amendment that, if approved, would make the entire state wet, and the inconceivable allies it has formed.

Wal-Mart Cheered, Jeered for Solar Power Efforts

by Lee Hogan 10/22/2014 12:21 pm

No matter the situation the world's largest retailer involves itself in, rest assured, it will be analyzed, critiqued and questioned to excruciating levels. The latest area is solar power.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent in September

by Lee Hogan 10/21/2014 09:25 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from August to 6.2 percent in September, according to data released by the state Department of Workforce Services on Tuesday.

PAC, Lobbyist Donations Nearing $1M in Contested State Legislative Races

by Lee Hogan 10/20/2014 11:39 am

Less than three weeks before Election Day, political action committees and lobbyists have already pumped more than three-quarters of a million dollars into contested state Senate and House races across the state.

UA Study: Well Connected CEOs Can Be Bad for Firms They Lead

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/20/2014 09:28 am

A University of Arkansas study suggests that the more socially connected a chief executive officer is, the less success his firm experiences.

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

by Gwen Moritz 10/20/2014 12:00 am

The list includes 247 current-year superintendents of public school districts and a few charter schools, and it ranks them by the total compensation package — salary plus benefits — paid to the superintendent of that school district in the 2013-14 academic year.

Top College Officials See Sizable Pay Raises

by Mark Friedman 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business reviewed the Administrator's Compensation Survey reports filed with the state Department of Higher Education for the 2010 and 2014 fiscal years. In the four-year period, the number of six-figure employees included in the report increased from 460 to 703.

Trash Bag Alternative on Fayetteville Shelves

by Michelle Corbet 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Fayetteville's grocery co-operative Ozark Natural Foods is now carrying a compostable substitute for the traditional plastic trash bag created by two University of Arkansas graduates.

The Idle Class Magazine Plans Publishing Unit

by Jan Cottingham 10/20/2014 12:00 am

The Idle Class, a relatively new publication based in Fayetteville and headed by Editor Kody Ford, recently discussed several new initiatives.

Maumelle Warehouse Attracts $11.2M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/20/2014 12:00 am

A 484,932-SF warehouse project in Maumelle tipped the scales at $11.2 million. Construction of a 30,000-SF office building is following a $2.3 million land deal in downtown Little Rock. And a North Little Rock car wash is under new ownership after a $1.72 million deal.

Redman & Associates Reaches Deal With Chinese

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Redman & Associates, the Rogers company that had hoped to take over the manufacturing of battery-operated riding toys for sale to Wal-Mart, has called a temporary truce in its legal dispute with Chinese importer Sales Chief Ent. (Hong Kong) Co.

The Mind of an Entrepreneur (Mitch Bettis Publisher's Note)

by Mitch Bettis 10/13/2014 12:00 am

On Oct. 24, Arkansas Business, in partnership with the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is hosting another Power Breakfast executive panel.

EEOC Filing Fewer Discrimination Cases In Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 10/13/2014 12:00 am

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed only two lawsuits in the state this calendar year, continuing a recent trend line. In 2011, the EEOC filed six lawsuits in Arkansas' federal courts and three the following year. Last year, the EEOC filed only two lawsuits against companies operating in the state.

Little Rock Walgreens Sells for $5.7 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/13/2014 12:00 am

ARCP WG Little Rock AR LLC of Phoenix bought the 15,181-SF store at 1601 Main St. from Stamja-DT AR Properties LLC, led by Jason LaFrance.

Crystal Bridges' State of the Art Exhibition Means Business for Arkansas Artists

by Jan Cottingham 10/13/2014 12:00 am

The State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which has gained national attention, has been transformative for Little Rock artist Delita Martin, who has three pieces in the exhibit.