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Ron Sherman Sets Guinness World Record for TV Commercials

by Kyle Massey 5/3/2016 04:50 pm

After a year and a half of counting, documenting, and sending evidence to New York, Ron Sherman was certified Tuesday as the Guinness World Record holder for the most TV commercials produced in a career.

Chairs of Arkansas GOP, Democrats Agree on Health Care Plan

by Associated Press 5/3/2016 03:53 pm

The chairmen of Arkansas' largest political parties managed to agree on how legislators put together a Medicaid expansion plan that uses federal dollars to buy health care insurance for poorer residents.

Former Arkansas Senator Reports to Prison for 18-Month Term

by Associated Press 5/3/2016 03:44 pm

A former Arkansas Senate president pro tem has reported to federal prison to begin serving an 18-month sentence for spending more than $150,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance New Limits on Welfare Benefits

by Associated Press 5/3/2016 01:43 pm

A legislative committee has endorsed an effort to impose new limits on how welfare benefits are spent in Arkansas, despite criticism from Democrats and advocates who call the new restrictions unnecessary.

Little Rock To Be Featured In New PBS Show

by Sarah Campbell 5/3/2016 11:27 am

Emmy-Award-winning TV host Darley Newman will dedicate an episode of her new "Travels with Darley" show to Little Rock, tourism leaders announced Tuesday. It will air this summer on PBS.

Report: Arkansas Net Available Revenue Up 6 Percent in April

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/3/2016 11:26 am

Gross general revenue for Arkansas came in 1 percent above forecast in April, while net available general revenue was 6 percent above the same month last year and 6 percent above forecast.

Ronald McDonald House Gets $1.2M From Mabee Foundation

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/3/2016 10:24 am

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas said Monday that it received $1.2 million from The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation.

Phyzit Puts App On Athenahealth Marketplace, Adds Greg Bledsoe As Adviser

by Sarah Campbell 5/2/2016 02:34 pm

Phyzit of Little Rock announced Monday that its transitional care management app will now be available from the online Athenahealth Marketplace.

CS&L Completes $409M Deal for PEG Bandwidth

by Sarah Campbell 5/2/2016 01:56 pm

Communications Sales & Leasing Inc. of Little Rock has completed its $409 million acquisition of PEG Bandwidth LLC, a telecommunications infrastructure provider.

Asa Hutchinson's Top Aide Departing at End of Month

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2016 12:20 pm

Former state Sen. Michael Lamoureux is stepping down as Gov. Asa Hutchinson's chief of staff at the end of the month for a new job.

US Construction Spending Up 0.3 Percent, Led by Home Building

by Associated Press 5/2/2016 11:47 am

U.S. construction spending advanced in March to its highest level in more than eight years. Gains in home building and nonresidential construction offset a drop in government projects.

International Paper to Buy 7 Pulp Mills from Weyerhaeuser

by Associated Press 5/2/2016 11:35 am

International Paper said it is paying $2.2 billion to buy seven mills from Weyerhaeuser that make pulp used in diapers, tissues and other consumer products.

Midwest Economic Survey Index Figure Drops After 3 Increases

by Associated Press 5/2/2016 07:18 am

Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have dropped slightly after rising for three months, but they still point to economic growth.

Amendments Expand Arkansas Session Beyond Budget (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2016 07:12 am

When Arkansas voters mandated the Legislature meet annually, the plan was for lawmakers to take up a wide range of issues one year and focus primarily on the budget the next. The same voters can be forgiven if they see little daylight between the two types of sessions nowadays.

Arkansas Budget Bill Boosts Human Services, School Funding

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2016 07:00 am

Arkansas' public schools, child welfare system and Medicaid program are set to receive funding increases while additional money is being tucked away for unexpected needs under a proposed $5.3 billion state budget unveiled Sunday.

Arkansas Insurance Department Puts Out Feelers on New Space

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Insurance Department may have its eye on a new office building.

Cajun Cajoling Adds Fuel to Energy Security Speculation

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Although Energy Security Partners CEO Roger D. Williams has said that “all indications are that Jefferson County will be our home,” he also hasn't expressly ruled out other sites, either.

With Dazzling Gem, Steve Landers Sr. Stays In the Running

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Steve Landers Sr. has participated in horseracing for 15 years and owns 19 racehorses, including Dazzling Gem, a thoroughbred that as of late last week stood at 24th in points in the lineup for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

After Oh Baby Sale, It's Back to Basics for Fran Free

by Marty Cook 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Fran Free is enjoying life after selling her Oh Baby Foods brand to Blackhive Corp. of Fayetteville for an undisclosed amount this past winter.

Designer Jamie Davidson's Strong Suit? Vision

by Jan Cottingham 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Jamie Davidson, the founder of Little Rock clothing company Strong Suit, is ready to take on the next retailing frontier: the millennial customer.