Today's News

Head of Arkansas Youth Services to Resign

by Associated Press 9/23/2014 01:17 pm

Former state lawmaker Tracy Steele is resigning as the director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services' Division of Youth Services.

Arkansas Cowers Under Senate Advertising Barrage

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/23/2014 10:19 am

Little Rock friends Mike Thomas and Jack Evans don't support the same candidate in the nationally watched U.S. Senate race here, but they certainly agree on what to do when the contenders' ads start pouring out of the television. "I grab the remote," said Thomas.

Jackson Stephens Jr. Files Lawsuit Over Arkansas Minimum Wage Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/23/2014 09:13 am

A lawsuit filed before the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday is seeking to block from the November ballot a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage.

USA Truck Names Michael K. Borrows CFO

by Lance Turner 9/23/2014 07:53 am

USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren appoints Michael K. Borrows, a former executive at Kansas City Southern and BNSF Railway, as its new chief financial officer. Borrows succeeds Clifton R. Beckham, formerly the company's CEO, who announced in August that he would leave the company.

More than $1.6M in Grants for Faulkner County

by Associated Press 9/22/2014 04:55 pm

Members of the state's federal delegation have announced more than $1.6 million in economic development grants for Faulkner County for expansion of disaster recovery efforts and water, sewer and road infrastructure projects.

Meeting Set for Carbon Pollution Stakeholders

by Associated Press 9/22/2014 03:32 pm

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Public Service Commission are meeting next month over the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan.

James Moody Returns to Wright Lindsey & Jennings

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 03:18 pm

After retiring from the federal bench in March, James M. Moody Sr. has decided to return to his old stomping grounds at Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP in Little Rock.

John Correnti, Governor Break Ground on $1.3B Big River Steel Mill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/22/2014 11:17 am

Steel executive John Correnti, Gov. Mike Beebe and other state and local leaders marked the groundbreaking of the $1.3 billion Big River Steel project Monday in Osceola.

Gary Enzor Joins USA Truck Board of Directors

by Lance Turner 9/22/2014 10:37 am

USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren says Gary R. Enzor has joined its board of directors.

Highway Commission Accepts Bid for Improvements in Cabot, Maumelle

by Associated Press 9/22/2014 08:55 am

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid of nearly $1 million for road improvements in Cabot and Maumelle.

8 Former Delta Trust Employees Flock to Eagle Bank

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Barely had the ink dried on the sale of Delta Trust & Banking Corp. of Little Rock to Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff when a flock of staffers flew the coop.

Argenta Community Development Corp. Weighs Its Future

by Mark Friedman 9/22/2014 12:00 am

While Argenta Community Development Corp. of North Little Rock ponders its future — including whether to dissolve — the nonprofit first must deal with a foreclosure lawsuit filed against it last month after defaulting on a $560,000 loan.

Arkansas Business Presents 2014's 'The New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s'

by Gwen Moritz 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Since 2009 Arkansas Business has sought out talented young leaders in our business and nonprofit community to introduce in a feature called The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s.

Southern Rice & Cotton Says Turner Grain Bounced Million-Dollar Check

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Last week, Southern Rice & Cotton LLC filed a lawsuit in Poinsett County Circuit Court against Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and a number of defendants, including Jason Coleman, Turner's vice president, and KBX Inc. of Benton.

Hope for Tomorrow (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Yes, I know that a college degree still pays for itself over time, but that's cold comfort to a 22-year-old who faces a monstrous debt as soon as he picks up his diploma. Debt always limits options — always — and it isn't uncommon for college debt to limit a person's options for 15 or even 20 years.

Hot Springs' Citizens Building Eyed for New Development

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Fayetteville attorney Robert Depper and LSC Hotel Restaurant Management Co. of El Dorado have formed Let Us Revive Hot Springs Downtown LLC, with hopes of renovating one of the city's historic downtown buildings into a boutique hotel.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Spar over Tax Cuts, Ads in Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/19/2014 11:36 pm

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross sparred over their competing tax cut plans and negative ads blanketing Arkansas' airwaves as they squared off in an occasionally testy debate Friday night.

Highway Commission Chooses Massman Construction for Broadway Bridge Project

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/19/2014 03:54 pm

Arkansas Highway Commission accepts the $98.4 million bid from Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri, to replace the Broadway Bridge over the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Arkansas Business Honors 'Best Places to Work'

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/19/2014 11:07 am

Arkansas Business and the Best Companies Group on Wednesday honored 12 Arkansas companies with "Best Places to Work" awards, which recognize firms that have exceptional workplace environments.

UCA Moves Forward with Feasibility Study on Mixed-Use Development

by Lee Hogan 9/19/2014 10:42 am

The University of Central Arkansas moved a step closer to putting a mixed-use building on campus after its board of trustees on approved a feasibility study for issuing bonds for a proposed 67,500-SF center at the corner of Donaghey Avenue and Bruce Street.