Today's News

Simmons First 1Q Profit Down 27 Percent

by Lance Turner 4/17/2014 11:33 am

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff on Thursday reported a 27 percent decline in first-quarter profit but said "core earnings," which exclude one-time costs related to its purchase of Metropolitan National Bank of Little Rock, rose compared to the same quarter last year.

Henderson State to Open Hot Springs Center

by Associated Press 4/17/2014 11:04 am

Pending state approval, Hot Springs will soon have its first four-year university presence this fall when Henderson State University opens an education center in partnership with a local community college.

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, Wife Give $1M to UA Walton Business College

by Lance Turner 4/17/2014 10:59 am

Doug McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, and his wife, Shelley, are giving $1 million to the University of Arkansas' Sam M. Walton College of Business. The money will establish the McMillion Family Endowed Excellence Fund, which will help the UA create the proposed School of Global Retail Operations and Innovation.

Home BancShares' 1Q Profit A Record, Up 56 Percent

by Lance Turner 4/17/2014 10:52 am

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway on Thursday announced another record quarterly profit as it continues to integrate the operations of Liberty Bancshares Inc. of Jonesboro.

Defend 'Obamacare' Unabashedly, Some Democrats Say

by Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:34 pm

The outlook for the president's health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it's time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon.

$2B Program to Improve Arkansas Highways Begins

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:22 pm

State transportation officials have marked the start of a nearly $2 billion construction program to improve and widen roadways with a ceremony in Little Rock.

ACLU Files Lawsuit to Challenge Arkansas Voter ID Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:19 pm

A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.

Lottery Commission Votes to Add Monitor-Style Games

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:02 pm

The Arkansas Lottery Commission on Wednesday voted to start the process of implementing monitor-style games in which players can watch drawings every four minutes.

April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 01:30 pm

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks.

Arkansas Lottery Eyes Advertising with State's Universities

by Associated Press 4/16/2014 11:06 am

A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

Simmons Name Appears on Arkansas' Tallest Building

by Gwen Moritz 4/16/2014 11:02 am

The new logo of Simmons First National Bank appeared over the weekend on the south side of Little Rock's tallest building, an installation timed specifically so that a photo of the high-profile branding could be shown at the Simmons First National Corp. annual shareholders meeting.

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 09:46 am

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated.

Cracking The Complex Code of Arkansas Politics (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 4/16/2014 08:56 am

Arkansans are known for being predictably unpredictable at the ballot box. For candidates running for office in 2014, it makes things more complicated. As a result, cracking the code of our complex electorate becomes an important priority - one that perhaps holds the key to victory.

Ruling: Faulkner County Judge Can Remain on Ballot

by Associated Press 4/16/2014 08:35 am

Another Arkansas judge has been ruled eligible for office after his candidacy was challenged because of a temporary license suspension.

Lottery Oversight Committee Votes 'Non Support' On Video Bets

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 4/15/2014 05:26 pm

The Arkansas lottery is trying to find ways to boost sales so the state can award more college scholarships, but a legislative panel showed little affection Tuesday for the methods that could be employed.

Judge Rules Martha Shoffner Corruption Conviction Will Stand

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 4/15/2014 05:05 pm

A federal judge has upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas' former treasurer, rejecting her request to have the case heard by state authorities.

Mark Pryor: $1.2M Raised in First 3 Months of '14

by Associated Press 4/15/2014 04:22 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign says he's raised $1.22 million in the first three months of the year, trailing his Republican rival during the quarter but boasting a larger war chest in his re-election bid.

Mike Ross Bests Asa Hutchinson in Governor's Race Fundraising

by Associated Press 4/15/2014 04:21 pm

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is reporting he bested his two Republican rivals for Arkansas governor in fundraising last month.

Packet House Deal Gets Murky; Restaurant For Sale

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2014 11:23 am

Three weeks after announcing an ownership change, a for-sale sign has appeared outside the Packet House restaurant in Little Rock.

Tom Cotton: $1.3M Raised in 1Q for Senate Run

by Associated Press 4/15/2014 07:12 am

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign on Monday said he's raised more than $1.35 million in the first three months of the year in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas this fall.