Today's News

UCA Sets Sights On Opening Optometry School

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2015 03:51 pm

The University of Central Arkansas said Thursday it will study whether to open a school of optometry on the campus.

UAMS Startup Receives $14.5M to Help Drug Users Break Addiction

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2015 11:24 am

InterveXion Therapeutics LLC, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures startup company, has received two federal grants totaling $14.5 million for development of drug therapies that can help methamphetamine drug abusers break their addiction.

Three Tech Firms Moving to Downtown Conway, Plan to Hire 140

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2015 10:44 am

The firms making the announcement with Gov. Asa Hutchinson from downtown Conway were Metova Inc., of Franklin, Tennessee; Atlanta-based Big Cloud Analytics; and Conway's Eyenalyze.

Senate Votes to Continue 'Private Option,' Form Task Force

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 10:15 am

The Arkansas Senate has voted to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion for another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of low-income Arkansas residents receiving coverage through the program.

UA Names Kellie Knight Director of Fundraising Position

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 09:16 am

The University of Arkansas has named a new administrator to identify fundraising priorities.

John Boozman Named Chairman of Agriculture Subcommittee

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 08:48 am

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas has been named the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management for the new Congress.

State Board Votes to Take Over Little Rock School District

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 07:25 am

The Arkansas Board of Education voted Wednesday to take control of Little Rock schools less than six months after a federal judge granted more independence to the historically embattled district and ended a quarter-century of payments to boost integration.

Arkansas Higher Education Department to Interview Final 3 Candidates for Director

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 07:12 am

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has scheduled interviews with the three remaining candidates for the director's position.

Wal-Mart Cuts About 50 Positions at Bentonville Headquarters

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 07:08 am

Wal-Mart has announced it will cut about 50 positions at its company headquarters in Bentonville. In a statement, the retailer said it's common for individual departments to make adjustments around February, the start of the company's fiscal year.

Fed 'Patient' on Rates While Noting Improving Economy

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 03:23 pm

The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full health.

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Plan for Medicaid Compromise

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 02:24 pm

Lawmakers have advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through 2016, rejecting an effort to abolish the program later this year.

Arkansas Panel Rejects Removing Robert E. Lee from Martin Luther King Holiday

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/28/2015 11:26 am

A bid to end Arkansas' practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day has failed before a state House panel.

US House Approves Bill to Expedite Natural Gas Exports

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 11:10 am

The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports.

Ron Maxwell Named Deputy Tourism Director For State Parks

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 07:30 am

Ron Maxwell has been named deputy tourism director for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

2nd Proposal to End Private Option This Year Filed

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 07:28 am

A second proposal has been filed in the Legislature to end Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion this year, days after Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on lawmakers to continue the program through 2016.

Murphy USA Gives $25K for SAU's New Field House

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 07:27 am

An El Dorado company has donated $25,000 to help Southern Arkansas University build a new field house.

Arkansas Education Board to Consider Takeover of Little Rock Schools

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 07:25 am

Arkansas education officials are scheduled to decide whether to assume control of the Little Rock School District after students at some of its schools performed poorly on state benchmark exams.

Northwest Arkansas Council's 3-Year Plan to Focus on Workforce, Schools

by Marty Cook 1/27/2015 02:16 pm

The Northwest Arkansas Council announced a three-year development plan for the region at its winter meeting Tuesday in Rogers.

Medicaid, Public Schools See Boosts in Hutchinson's Budget

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/27/2015 01:01 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is proposing boosting funding for public schools, Medicaid and prisons and cuts to most other state agencies in his $5.2 billion budget for the coming year.

ForwARd Arkansas Report Sees Progress, Room for Improvement at State Schools

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2015 11:37 am

ForwARd Arkansas releases a report it says confirms that while achievement gaps still exist in state education, Arkansas has been successful in improving access to education.