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Themes Same, Tone New in Arkansas Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/19/2014 01:07 pm

Based on their back-to-back televised debates, the hotly contested race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton boils down to one question: Do voters hate President Barack Obama or billionaires more?

State Senate A Lock for GOP, but House Up in Air

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 10/19/2014 01:03 pm

Voters can begin casting early ballots Monday in Arkansas' midterm election and while the top-of-the-ticket U.S. Senate and governor's races have dominated the airwaves, a handful of legislative races could determine whether more than 200,000 people keep their health insurance under the state's Medicaid expansion.

U.S. Judge Won't Delay Arkansas Marriage Lawsuit

by Associated Press 10/17/2014 05:10 pm

A federal judge has denied Arkansas' request to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Asa Hutchinson to Energy Group: I'll 'Push Back' Against EPA

by Mark Carter 10/17/2014 04:38 pm

Arkansas gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson addressed the annual conference of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association Friday afternoon in downtown Little Rock, and as expected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon emission regulations were addressed.

Three Candidates Debate for East Arkansas House Seat

by Associated Press 10/17/2014 03:44 pm

The Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Rick Crawford said Friday that the congressman should not have voted against a bill that would have directed billions of dollars to help improve veterans care and cut down on long wait times, saying the money addressed shortcomings at Veterans Administration hospitals.

Janet Yellen: US Experiencing Widening Inequality

by Associated Press 10/17/2014 11:55 am

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the last several decades have seen the most sustained rise in income inequality in a century.

PACs, Lobbyists Inject Hundreds of Thousands into Arkansas Legislative Races

by Lee Hogan 10/17/2014 11:52 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.

Mark Pryor Proposes National Energy Review at AAEA Conference

by Mark Carter 10/17/2014 11:31 am

Mark Pryor provided opening remarks Friday morning at the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association's annual conference, Empowering Arkansas, held at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Little Rock.

Home BancShares 3Q Earnings Up 49 Percent From 2013

by Lee Hogan 10/17/2014 10:08 am

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway, the parent company of Centennial Bank of Conway, announced $24.7 million third quarter earnings, up 49 percent from $18.4 million for the same period of 2013.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Split on Voter ID Law at Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/17/2014 09:35 am

Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson split on whether a court was right to strike down Arkansas' voter ID law and accused one another of flip-flopping on key issues as the gubernatorial rivals squared off Thursday for their third televised debate.

TiFiber Receives ASTA Funding for Development of Antibacterial Treatment

by Mark Carter 10/17/2014 08:27 am

Fayetteville's TiFiber has received a $75,000 investment from the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority for further development of an antibacterial treatment.

Georgia-Pacific to Invest $37M in Gurdon Lumber Plant

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/16/2014 03:05 pm

Georgia-Pacific of Atlanta, Georgia, has plans to invest $37 million in its lumber operations in Gurdon to expand the production capacity of the mill by about 60 percent.

Supreme Court: Voters Will Consider Arkansas Liquor Issue

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 02:58 pm

Arkansas' highest court says voters will be able to consider whether alcohol sales should be legal statewide.

Wal-Mart Plans Georgia Distribution Center to Support E-Commerce

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 11:32 am

State officials say a new Georgia distribution center planned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will create more than 400 jobs over the next three years. The facility will support the Bentonville-based retailer's e-commerce business.

John Brown University Receives Federal Grant for Water Purification in Guatemala

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 11:18 am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $14,520 grant to John Brown University for a drinking water disinfection project in Guatemala.

Roy Slagle Retires as CEO of ABF Freight; Tim Thorne to Replace

by Marty Cook 10/16/2014 11:07 am

Roy Slagle retired as CEO and president of ABF Freight System Inc. on Wednesday after 37 years. ABF Freight is the largest subsidiary of ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith. ArcBest announced Thursday that Tim Thorne would replace Slagle as ABF Freight president.

Northwest Arkansas Shows Gains in Housing Market

by Lee Hogan 10/16/2014 11:00 am

The residential market in northwest Arkansas saw increases across the board in the first half of 2014, according to Arvest Bank's Skyline Report released Thursday.

UA Extension Service Receives Federal Conservation Grant

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 10:27 am

The grant will be used to demonstrate the use of computerized poly-pipe hole selection software for furrow irrigation so water flow is equalized for each furrow. Flow meters will be used to document the water savings benefit.

Former HUD Secretary to Promote American Dream Initiative at UA

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 10:14 am

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros is expected at the University of Arkansas to promote an initiative that promotes opportunities for immigrant families.

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 04:47 pm

Arkansas' highest court on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, ruling the requirement unconstitutional just days before early voting begins for the Nov. 4 election.