Today's News

IA Client Firm SEAS Education not Typical 'Startup'

by Mark Carter 9/1/2014 12:00 am

One Innovate Arkansas client firm stretches the "startup" tag. SEAS Education of Mountain Home has been around since 1995 and quietly has become a leading national provider of education plan management software.

Health Law Factors into Governor's, Senate Races in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/31/2014 07:41 am

Running in the two hottest races in Arkansas this fall, Mark Pryor and Mike Ross find themselves under attack on the health care reform law and attempting to navigate around it as they struggle to prevent a complete Republican takeover of the state's top offices.

Alcohol Amendment Will Be on November Ballot

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/29/2014 03:45 pm

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announced Friday afternoon the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment will be on the general election ballot in November.

US Consumer Sentiment Improves in August

by Associated Press 8/29/2014 11:44 am

U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. Yet the increase largely occurred among higher-income groups.

Mark Pryor Launches Women's Issues Coalition

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/29/2014 11:42 am

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor launched a coalition Thursday to tout his positions supporting raising Arkansas' minimum wage and pay equity as he tries to turn out the women's vote in his re-election campaign.

$30,000 in Sculptures Stolen from Riverfront Park in Little Rock

by Associated Press 8/29/2014 11:41 am

Little Rock authorities say three sculptures worth $30,000 have been stolen from Riverfront Park.

Whirlpool Says Arkansas Site is Safe

by Associated Press 8/29/2014 11:32 am

A Whirlpool spokesman says a toxic chemical found in the groundwater of a Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club does not pose a health risk.

ARK Challenge: My Color of Beauty Aims to Fill Niche

by Mark Carter 8/29/2014 10:53 am

Eyona Mitchell is experiencing first hand how the other half lives. A one-person team competing in the fourth installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator in downtown Little Rock, Mitchell used to help businesses at previous stints working with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and Alt.Consulting in Pine Bluff.

Video: Attendees Give Made by Few Rave Reviews

by Mark Carter 8/29/2014 08:40 am

Videographer Barry Deere captured the enthusiasm surrounding the tech conference for "makers of the web," with reaction from attendees, event organizers plus speaker James Victore, a renowned independent designer/artist from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Colette Honorable Nominated to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

by Associated Press 8/29/2014 06:49 am

President Barack Obama has nominated the chairwoman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Lonoke County Farmers Sue Turner Grain

by Lance Turner 8/28/2014 04:34 pm

Four farm companies in Lonoke County filed a sharply worded lawsuit Friday against Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and its related companies that alleges fraud, theft by deception and breach of contract.

In Lee County, Judge Hears Details of Turner Grain, Related Companies

by Lee Hogan 8/28/2014 04:30 pm

A Lee County Circuit judge excuses a Dumas company from a blanket order issued last week in an attempt to preserve assets claimed by farmers who did business with Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

Tyson Foods, Hillshire Complete $8.5B Merger

by Lance Turner 8/28/2014 04:13 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Thursday said it had completed its $8.5 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands of Chicago, a day after the companies reached a proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over antitrust concerns.

Arkansas Awarded $100,000 Grant for Water Quality

by Associated Press 8/28/2014 11:27 am

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has received a $100,000 grant for water quality management planning.

Realtors: July Home Sales Up Nearly 11 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/28/2014 10:41 am

Arkansas home sales rose nearly 11 percent in July compared to the same month last year, according to a report Thursday by the Arkansas Realtors Association.

Student Entrepreneur's Doughnut Holes Available Soon at Spokes

by Mark Carter 8/28/2014 09:04 am

Downtown workers can get their doughnut hole fix beginning Friday, Sept. 5, at Spokes' coffee and smoothie shop inside Orbea's North American headquarters in the 100 block of Main in Little Rock.

Chris Christie Calls Arkansas A Top Pickup Opportunity for GOP

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/28/2014 08:22 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Arkansas the best opportunity in the country for Republicans to pick up a governor's seat as he visited the state Wednesday to campaign for Asa Hutchinson during his gubernatorial bid.

Mark Pryor Defends Campaign Ad Invoking Ebola Outbreak

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/27/2014 04:07 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is defending his campaign TV ad that invokes the Ebola outbreak to criticize his Republican rival over medical disaster funding, saying he doesn't view it as a scare tactic.

King Coal Investigation Heating Up; FBI Executes New Search Warrant

by Gwen Moritz 8/27/2014 03:40 pm

The federal criminal investigation of King Coal LLC is apparently heating up again: A search-and-seizure warrant was executed Wednesday at the company's offices in Little Rock's Riverdale area, the FBI confirmed.

Tyson Foods, Hillshire Settle With Justice Department Over $8.5B Merger

by Lance Turner 8/27/2014 01:56 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale and Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago say they have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division that, if approved, would allow the companies' $8.5 billion merger to proceed.