Today's News

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.

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.

Phyzit Adds Former A Briggs Passport Chief Mike Blanchat as President

by Mark Carter 8/28/2015 08:44 am

Blanchat is the former president for A Briggs Passport & Visa Expeditors, which was sold last fall to CIBT. Phyzit, founded by Little Rock pediatric urologist Stephen Canon and his father Mike, has developed an app that enables doctors and patients to communicate post-visit via telemedicine and mobile messaging.

Hillary Clinton Quietly Trying to Discourage Joe Biden from a 2016 Bid

by Associated Press 8/28/2015 07:49 am

In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won't be easy.

In Little Rock, GOP Presidential Candidate Ben Carson Stands As Another Political Outsider

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/27/2015 04:41 pm

Ben Carson is emerging in polls as a top-tier candidate in the 17-person Republican presidential field, but that rise is being eclipsed by Donald Trump and his headline-grabbing rhetoric and feuds.

Judge Blocks New Federal Rule on Jurisdiction of Waterways

by Associated Press 8/27/2015 04:06 pm

A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked a new rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waters.

Receiver Seeks Another Contempt of Court Ruling Against John Rogers

by George Waldon 8/27/2015 03:24 pm

John Rogers has drawn another contempt of court action after allegedly taking property under the control of the Sports Cards Plus receiver. Includes video.

Arkansas State Board Approves $12.6M Renovation Plan

by Alexis Hosticka 8/27/2015 03:01 pm

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees approved a $12.6 million plan to renovate its historic Wilson Hall, which it plans to lease to the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine.

End of Coal-Fired Plant Will Save Jonesboro Utility $50M

by Associated Press 8/27/2015 02:04 pm

The head of Jonesboro's electric utility said the planned phase-out of a coal-fired plant near Pine Bluff will save his utility $50 million.

McDonald's, Tyson Foods Cut Ties with Farmer Tied to Abuse Video

by Associated Press 8/27/2015 11:58 am

McDonald's and its supplier Tyson Foods say they've cut ties with a chicken farmer after an advocacy group released a video taken with a hidden camera that the group said showed abusive practices at its farm.