Today's News

Tech Park Plans to Close on Phase 1 Friday

by Alexis Hosticka 2/3/2016 09:47 am

The Little Rock Tech Park plans to close Friday on the purchase of downtown properties for the park's first phase, Director Brent Birch said during a meeting Wednesday.

Arkansas Attorney General Again Rejects Marijuana Amendment

by Associated Press 2/3/2016 07:00 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

In Little Rock, National Parks Chief Says System Must Appeal to Millennials

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/3/2016 06:55 am

The National Park Service must broaden its appeal to millennials as it celebrates its 100th birthday this year, the director of the agency said Tuesday in Little Rock.

Marco Rubio Picks Up Endorsements from Arkansas Leaders

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/3/2016 06:53 am

Two Arkansas congressmen and the state's lieutenant governor backed Marco Rubio for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday, two days after former Gov. Mike Huckabee ended his White House bid.

Pulaski Technical College Debuts $30M Center for Humanities and Arts

by Alexis Hosticka 2/2/2016 03:48 pm

Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock held a grand opening celebration Tuesday for its new $30 million, 90,000-SF Center for Humanities and Arts.

ArcBest CEO Judy McReynolds to Replace Board Chair Robert Young

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2016 03:31 pm

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith says President and CEO Judy McReynolds has been elected chairman of the publicly traded company's board of directors. She will replace Robert Young III, a former company CEO, who is retiring.

After Huckabee Exits, Arkansas Republicans Looking for New Presidential Candidate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/2/2016 02:58 pm

With favorite son and former Gov. Mike Huckabee no longer an option, top Republicans in Arkansas said Tuesday they're weighing which of the other candidates to support in the presidential race.

USA Truck 4Q Profit Up 8 Percent

by Marty Cook 2/2/2016 10:29 am

USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $3.9 million, an 8 percent increase from $3.6 million in the same quarter of last year.

Arkansas Officials Predict Boost in Revenue Next Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/2/2016 09:33 am

Arkansas finance officials are predicting the state will have more money available for its budget next year, forecasting a $106.8 million increase in revenue.

Mike Huckabee Ends His 2nd Bid for President

by Associated Press 2/2/2016 06:46 am

Mike Huckabee ended his second campaign for the White House on Monday amid a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses that he won in his first bid eight years ago.

Asa Hutchinson Reports More Than $73K in Trips Accepted

by Associated Press 2/1/2016 06:04 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he and his wife accepted more than $73,000 in airfare and travel last year, with a nonprofit foundation and the state Republican Party paying for his overseas trade missions.

Boozman Raises $626K in Final Months of 2015, Doubles Eldridge's Haul

by Associated Press 2/1/2016 06:03 pm

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman's campaign says he raised more than $652,000 in the final months of 2015, more than double the amount brought in by his Democratic challenger.

Dallas Cowboys Executive to Speak at North Little Rock Chamber Banquet

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 01:43 pm

Dallas Cowboys executive Charlotte Jones Anderson will speak at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce's 31st Annual Banquet on Thursday, March 10 at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

E-Z Mart CEO Sonja Hubbard Appointed to Chair Arkansas Research Alliance

by Mark Carter 2/1/2016 10:09 am

The Arkansas Research Alliance has named Sonja Hubbard, president and CEO of Texarkana's E-Z Mart Stores Inc., chairman of its board of directors and added four new board members.

Subcommittee to Start Search for Arkansas Game & Fish Leader

by Associated Press 2/1/2016 08:13 am

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Chairman Emon Mahony has named a three-person subcommittee to start the search for a new commission director.

Midwest Economic Survey Figures Rise for 1st Time in Months

by Associated Press 2/1/2016 08:11 am

Figures rose for the first time in six months but remained below growth neutral in a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states.

Murphy USA Plans for Growth Without Wal-Mart

by Joan Hershberger, El Dorado News-Times 2/1/2016 07:52 am

Murphy USA's newest direction came as the result of Wal-Mart's decision to develop its own gasoline program. But the abrupt change in the business relationship did not catch Murphy USA CEO Andrew Clyde unprepared.

Investor Group Paid $12.4M for Gateway Property

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 12:00 am

The total purchase price for the approximately 54 acres around the Outlets of Little Rock and Bass Pro Shops in southwest Little Rock was about $12.4 million

Crain Automotive Expands to Fort Smith

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 12:00 am

The Crain Automotive Group is adding two more dealerships to its portfolio. Crain bought the Kia dealership and will rename it Crain Kia of Fort Smith, and it also bought the Hyundai dealership and will rename it Crain Hyundai of Fort Smith.

Dale Bartlett Items Sold at Auction

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 12:00 am

Former Turner Grain co-owner Dale Bartlett's sale of rare coins brought in about $18,000, and all the items sold at the Jan. 14 auction generated nearly $60,000.