Today's News

USA Truck Executive Leaves Company to Stay in Dallas

by Marty Cook 8/31/2015 02:14 pm

Jeffrey Lester, an executive vice president with USA Truck Inc., resigned Aug. 24, after CEO Tom Glaser asked him to work from the company's headquarters in Van Buren on a daily basis.

UA Bans Unmanned Aircraft Use Without Approval

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/31/2015 11:52 am

University of Arkansas has adopted a new policy that prohibits the use of “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” – drones – or remote controlled model aircraft on U of A property or within the university's air rights, without prior written approval.

US Stocks Edge Lower; Energy Shares Reverse a Slide

by Associated Press 8/31/2015 11:43 am

Stocks remained mostly lower in midday trading Monday, but a spike in oil prices helped energy shares reverse an early decline.

NLRB Ruling Can Hurt Small Business, Groups Say

by Associated Press 8/31/2015 11:41 am

A National Labor Relations Board ruling that modified the definition of an employer could hurt small businesses including franchises and subcontractors, according to industry groups that advocate for those companies.

Democratic Party of Arkansas Names New Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/31/2015 09:54 am

The Democratic Party of Arkansas has hired Ted Dick of Montana as the new executive director.

JLTV Pursuit Offers Lesson for Future Deals (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/31/2015 07:10 am

Arkansas' failure to land a major military vehicle contract is a disappointment for officials who hoped to tout another "superproject" in the state. But it's not the setback that other missed economic deals have been, nor will it prompt the same level of soul-searching.

First National Bank of Lawrence County Bilked of at Least $3.9M

by Gwen Moritz 8/31/2015 07:06 am

First National Bank of Lawrence County has been the victim of a fraud valued at approximately $3.9 million, President and CEO Milton Smith has acknowledged.

Initial Common Core Goals Unfulfilled as Results Trickle In

by Associated Press 8/31/2015 07:04 am

Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected. But they are still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing.

Robinson Renovations to Cause Lane Closures in Little Rock

by Associated Press 8/31/2015 07:02 am

Ongoing renovations to the Robinson Center Music Hall will cause more traffic slowdowns in downtown Little Rock.

AFCU Withdrawn from Tech Park Package

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas Federal Credit Union was uninvited from participating in the consortium of lenders providing a $17.5 million financing package for the Little Rock Tech Park at the request of the Arkansas Bankers Association.

Jermain Taylor Faces More Jabs in Court

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/31/2015 12:00 am

The cousins at whom Little Rock boxer Jermaine Taylor fired shots last year have filed a civil lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court seeking damages.

Supply Lags Demand for Osteopathic Residencies

by Mark Friedman 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Two new osteopathic medical schools preparing to open in Arkansas aim to address the state's shortage of primary care physicians, but the pipeline of required residencies may be too narrow to handle a flood of new medical school graduates beginning in 2021.

Leslie Rutledge: Arkansas Law Allows 'Open Carry' of Guns

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/28/2015 04:07 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says a 2013 law allows someone to openly carry a handgun as long as they don't plan to illegally use it against another person.

Arkansas Officials Again Suspend Medicaid Cancellations

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/28/2015 02:33 pm

Arkansas officials on Friday suspended a push to terminate coverage for thousands of people on Medicaid for the second time this month after the federal government told the state to give beneficiaries more time to prove they're eligible.

At the Martha Shoffner Sentencing, Questions Over 'Benefit,' Jurisdiction

by Gwen Moritz 8/28/2015 02:13 pm

Prosecutors scored point after point Friday, but U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes sentenced former State Treasurer Martha Shoffner to 30 months in federal prison — less than half the time that the U.S. Attorney's office sought.

Update: Judge Sentences Martha Shoffner to 30 Months in Prison

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 8/28/2015 02:08 pm

U.S. District Court Judge Leon Holmes on Friday sentenced former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner to 30 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release.

A Proud Moment for Our State: The Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Erica Swallow 8/28/2015 11:38 am

Erica Swallow writes on the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame and how the inductees affected her life as a child growing up in northeast Arkansas.

USA Truck Names Head of Mexico Operations

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/28/2015 10:40 am

Nichols was most recently the director of international sales at U.S. Xpress Inc. and was director of business development for Con-Way. He has worked in the trucking industry for 35 years, including 20 years of experience involving Mexico.

Build IT to Feature Mainstream Technologies Founders

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/28/2015 10:18 am

Next week's Venture Center Build IT "fireside chat" speaker series features the founders of Little Rock's Mainstream Technologies.

Inaugural Inductees Honored at Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Alexis Hosticka 8/28/2015 09:12 am

The new Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame inducted its first members, 11 women and one group, during a ceremony Thursday night at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.