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Gaming, Interactive Media Degrees Add to State's Focus on Technology Education

by Alexis Hosticka 10/25/2016 01:51 pm

It's the lazy college student cliché: sitting in a dorm room playing video games until 2:30 a.m. But for some students, video games have a new, more productive role.

Ross Family Gives $1M to Baptist Preparatory School

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/25/2016 01:39 pm

Mark and Dianne Ross have given $1 million to The Baptist Preparatory School of Little Rock, officials said Tuesday.

Hutchinson: Open to Looking at Alternate Medical Pot Plan

by Associated Press 10/25/2016 12:44 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's open to looking at an effort to legalize a limited form of marijuana for patients if two medical pot proposals fail in next month's election. But the Republican governor says he has questions about how the alternate proposal would comply with federal law.

Update: 37K Cast Ballots Monday for Election in Arkansas

by Associated Press 10/25/2016 12:20 pm

Thousands of Arkansas voters have cast a ballot early for the November general election.

Fort Smith Foam Plant to Add 100 Workers

by Lance Turner 10/25/2016 11:31 am

Elite Comfort Solutions of Newnan, Georgia, announced Tuesday that it will expand its Fort Smith plant, adding 100 jobs.

Boone County Airport Board Selects Contour Airlines for EAS

by Lance Turner 10/25/2016 09:01 am

The Boone County Airport Board has recommended that the Department of Transportation award Contour Airlines of Smyrna, Tennessee, the contract for its essential air service.

Rep. Dan Douglas to Push for Medical Pot If Measures Lose

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/25/2016 07:07 am

Republican Rep. Dan Douglas says he'll introduce legislation during next year's session to make a more limited form of medical marijuana available to some patients if voters reject two ballot proposals.

Eldridge Says Threat Case Undermines Boozman's Criticism

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/24/2016 04:45 pm

Democratic Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge is touting his work prosecuting a man who threatened Sen. John Boozman, saying it undercuts the Republican lawmaker's criticism of his role as an Obama-appointed U.S. attorney in Arkansas.

Arkansas Lawmaker to Push for Medical Pot if Measures Lose

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/24/2016 11:55 am

An Arkansas lawmaker opposed to ballot measures legalizing medical marijuana says he'll introduce legislation next year to make a more limited form of the drug available to some patients if voters reject the proposals.

SPONSORED: Uncle T's: A Neighborhood Mainstay For 50 Years And Counting

by 10/24/2016 11:00 am

History books may devote more pages to nearby Little Rock Central High School, but in the day-to-day life of the neighborhood it's hard to imagine any landmark around here ranking higher than Uncle T's Deli Market.

Site Selector: Arkansas' Strong Economic Development Teams An Asset

by Alexis Hosticka 10/24/2016 10:29 am

Phil Schneider is the board chair of the Site Selectors Guild and has been in the industry for more than 30 years. The guild is meeting in Little Rock this week.

Rulings Leave Unanswered Questions on Canvassers (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/24/2016 07:08 am

By disqualifying proposals to legalize casinos and limit medical lawsuit damages from the November ballot, Arkansas' highest court punted on questions surrounding a state law aimed at keeping track of workers paid to gather signatures for initiatives.

Eldridge Aims to Unseat Boozman in Arkansas US Senate Race

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/24/2016 07:02 am

Republican Sen. John Boozman's fight against Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge has drawn barely a fraction of the money and attention of the 2014 Senate race, when national groups and candidates bombarded Arkansas' airwaves with ads.

Early Voting Begins for Arkansas General Election

by Associated Press 10/24/2016 07:01 am

Early voting is beginning for Arkansas' general election, though the fate of a medical marijuana proposal being challenged before the state's highest court still remains unclear.

Dozen Lawyers File Appeal in Holmes Sanction

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/24/2016 12:00 am

The 12 plaintiffs' attorneys who were found to have abused the court system in their manipulation of a controversial class-action case maintain they didn't do anything wrong in the handling of the case, according to a brief filed last week.

Allied Auction Saw More Banks Bid; Chambers Garnishes Golden's Last Paycheck

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/24/2016 12:00 am

The OREO component separated Today's Bank's winning bid of a negative $6.14 million from the pack. And in its collection efforts, Chambers last month garnished an $886 paycheck, one of Lex Golden's last paydays at Allied.

Companies Relying on Training Programs To Supply Candidates

by Marty Cook 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Tech, health care and manufacturing executives say they have all run into the same sort of problem: finding employable candidates for the open jobs they have.

Signs of the Times (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Most of us who have been in the workplace for a while have encountered the most frustrating kind of co-worker: the one whose hard skills are good, or good enough, but whose soft skills create tension.

Construction Contractors Team With Pulaski Tech with Free Training Class to Fill Spots

by George Waldon 10/24/2016 12:00 am

More companies are embracing the notion that on-the-job training is good business. Under that banner, members of the central Arkansas construction community are banding together to fill employment gaps in their ranks.

No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

by Mark Friedman 10/24/2016 12:00 am

All industries, from health care to manufacturing, have faced a shortage of workers. Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, says increasing pay would be the first action she would suggest when companies can't find the right workers to fill positions.