Today's News

Update: Governor to Sign Bill Today for $87M Lockheed Martin Incentive

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/29/2015 07:50 am

An $87 million incentive package aimed at luring a military vehicle assembly plant to south Arkansas easily won final approval Thursday, as lawmakers wrapped up a three-day special legislative session focused on the defense contract.

Fired Arkansas Treasurer's Office Employee Files Defamation Lawsuit

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 5/28/2015 04:15 pm

A former employee fired from the Arkansas treasurer's office has filed a lawsuit against the treasurer's chief of staff, accusing his former boss of defamation.

Lawmakers Approve Moving Arkansas' Primaries to March

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/28/2015 03:23 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have given final legislative approval to move the state's primaries from May to March next year, a move that supporters argue will give the state a greater say in who the presidential nominees are.

Legislature Approves Change in DWI Law

by Associated Press 5/28/2015 03:01 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have given final legislative approval to a change in the state's driving while intoxicated law that's intended to prevent the state from losing more than $50 million in federal highway funding.

Arkansas Justices Reject New Arguments in Gay Marriage Case

by Allen Reed, The Associated Press 5/28/2015 01:39 pm

The marital status for many gay couples in Arkansas remained in limbo Thursday after the state's high court handed down orders that could delay a decision on same-sex marriage until after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

UCA's Doug Voss Named to Trucking Association Board

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/28/2015 10:26 am

Doug Voss, associate professor of logistics and supply chain management at the University of Central Arkansas, has been appointed to the Arkansas Trucking Association Board of Directors.

Pending US Home Sales Jump to Strongest Level in 9 Years

by Associated Press 5/28/2015 09:02 am

Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market.

State Highway 41 Near Red River Closed Due to Flooding

by Associated Press 5/28/2015 08:47 am

Arkansas transportation officials have indefinitely closed a portion of State Highway 41 near the Red River due to flooding.

Tracy Morgan Settles Lawsuit with Wal-Mart Over Fatal Crash

by Associated Press 5/27/2015 03:09 pm

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a New Jersey highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. Wal-Mart calls it an "amicable settlement" but did not disclose details.

King Coal CEO Stephen Parks Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

by Lance Turner 5/27/2015 02:21 pm

King Coal CEO Stephen L. Parks of Little Rock has waived indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud relating to a fraudulent investment scheme.

Arkansas Lawmakers Vote to Consolidate State Agencies

by Associated Press 5/27/2015 01:04 pm

Both chambers of the Arkansas Legislature have advanced proposals to move several smaller state agencies into larger ones.

Duncan Mac Naughton Joins Crossmark Board

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/27/2015 11:43 am

Duncan Mac Naughton, the former head of U.S. merchandising for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, was named to the board of directors of Crossmark of Plano, Texas.

Arkansas House Endorses $87M Incentive Package for Lockheed Martin

by Associated Press 5/27/2015 11:05 am

An $87 million incentive package aimed at helping attract a defense contract to south Arkansas has easily won initial approval from state lawmakers.

Editor Roger Hodge Leaves Oxford American for The Intercept

by Sean Beherec 5/27/2015 10:53 am

The Oxford American on Wednesday announced the departure of Roger D. Hodge.

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Arkansas 12-Week Abortion Ban

by Associated Press 5/27/2015 10:08 am

A federal appeals court has struck down parts of an Arkansas law that sought to ban most abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.7 Percent in April

by Alexis Hosticka 5/27/2015 08:43 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of percentage point from March, coming in at 5.7 percent in April, according to a report Wednesday by the state Department of Workforce Servics.

Legislative Groups OK Bonds Plan for Lockheed Martin Project

by Associated Press 5/27/2015 06:53 am

An $87 million incentive package aimed at luring a defense contract to south Arkansas was endorsed by legislative committees on Tuesday, a move that the Republican governor says could help the state land its first vehicle assembly plant.

Bill for 'SEC' Primary Fails in Senate Committee

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 5/27/2015 06:50 am

Legislation to move Arkansas' primaries from May to March failed Tuesday to make it out of a Senate committee, while a House committee narrowly advanced an identical bill.

Change in Arkansas DWI Law Stalls Before Senate Panel

by Associated Press 5/27/2015 06:49 am

A proposal to change Arkansas' driving while intoxicated law to prevent the state losing more than $50 million in federal highway funding has stalled before a legislative panel.

Danielson Not Seeking Re-Election on Arkansas Supreme Court

by Associated Press 5/26/2015 04:02 pm

Associate Justice Paul Danielson says he's not seeking re-election to the Arkansas Supreme Court, while a state judge who served in the Legislature is launching a bid for his seat.