Today's News

Abortion Ban Appeal Puts New Focus on Social Issues (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2014 07:28 am

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's decision to appeal a ruling striking down Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban could inject a new focus on abortion and other social issues into dozens of statewide and legislative races.

Lafayette County Treasurer Indicted for Stealing $162,000, Pleads Not Guilty

by Mark Friedman 4/11/2014 02:54 pm

A federal grand jury has indicted the Lafayette County treasurer on two counts tied to embezzling at least $162,000 from the Lafayette County Treasurer's Office.

Judge Denies Martha Shoffner's Request for Attorney

by Associated Press 4/11/2014 02:51 pm

A federal judge has turned down a request by former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner for him to appoint her hand-picked lawyer to represent her in her appeal of her corruption convictions.

Girl Gets $20K for Diamond Found at Murfreesboro

by Associated Press 4/11/2014 07:40 am

An Oklahoma City girl has sold a 3.85-carat diamond she found at an Arkansas park for $20,000.

Court: Flood Victim Families Right in Law Reading

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2014 07:39 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court sided Thursday with relatives of the 20 people killed in flash floods at the Albert Pike campground in 2010, agreeing with their interpretation of a state law the federal government is trying to use to strike down lawsuits over the deaths.

Arkansas Education Board Takes Over Lee County Schools

by Associated Press 4/11/2014 07:38 am

The Arkansas Education Board has agreed to take over the Lee County School District, which has been cited for having academic and financial problems.

Bank of Fayetteville Sues Dennis Smiley, Arvest Bank

by Mark Friedman 4/10/2014 04:46 pm

The Bank of Fayetteville sued former banker H. Dennis Smiley Jr. of Rogers on Monday to collect nearly $480,000 owed for defaulted loans. It also named Smiley's former employer, Arvest Bank, as a defendant. Sources have told Arkansas Business that Smiley is facing a criminal investigation into allegations of loan fraud.

Mark Pryor, 10 Other Senate Democrats to Tell Obama to Approve Keystone Pipeline

by Associated Press 4/10/2014 01:46 pm

Eleven Senate Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

Knight's Takeover Attempt Behind It, USA Truck Will End 'Poison Pill' Plan

by Marty Cook 4/10/2014 10:53 am

USA Truck of Van Buren says it will end its shareholders rights plan at the end of business Friday. The publicly traded trucking company adopted the plan in November 2012 to protect itself from hostile takeover bids while the company attempted a turnaround.

Wal-Mart and Wild Oats Unveil Cheaper Organic Line

by Associated Press 4/10/2014 10:01 am

Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.

University of Arkansas Teams Win 8 of 10 Governor's Cup Awards

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 03:39 pm

Teams from the University of Arkansas won eight of the 10 awards presented Wednesday at the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business plan competition.

Kyle Parker Named CEO of Planned Osteopathic School in Fort Smith

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/9/2014 03:26 pm

Kyle D. Parker has been named president and CEO of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education and the proposed Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith.

Arkansas Election Board Approves Absentee Ballot Rules

by Associated Press 4/9/2014 02:51 pm

Arkansas' board of election commissioners has approved a set of proposed, permanent rules for absentee ballots.

Health Care and the GOP Dilemma (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 4/9/2014 01:00 pm

It has been an important week for proponents of the Affordable Care Act. Positive developments in enrollment and favorable economic conditions present a dilemma for Republicans, particularly those who pursue a singular strategy in November.

Site Plan Details Truck Station for Southwest Little Rock

by Lee Hogan 4/9/2014 12:59 pm

A site plan for a 305,000-SF package distribution warehouse and truck station for a large national company has been submitted to the Little Rock Planning and Development Department.

Ethics Complaint Against Tom Cotton Dismissed

by Associated Press 4/9/2014 12:51 pm

An ethics panel has dismissed a complaint that accused Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton of soliciting contributions illegally during a radio interview at his congressional office in the U.S. Capitol.

AERT to Pay $44K Fine In Fatal Fire

by Marty Cook 4/9/2014 10:43 am

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies of Springdale agreed to pay fines of $44,000 for violations related to a fatal fire in July.

Small Businesses in Limbo Again on Tax Breaks

by Associated Press 4/9/2014 10:32 am

Small businesses are in limbo as they wait for Congress to make decisions that could save them a lot of money.

Rockline Industries Announces Plans for Russellville Plant

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 10:16 am

Rockline Industries buys a 240,000-SF facility on 30 acres in Russellville to meet demand for its private label products.

Connors Pledge $1.5M to UA Fulbright College Fellowship

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/9/2014 09:57 am

Robert and Sandra Connor of Little Rock and Dallas have pledged $1.5 million to enhance the Robert C. and Sandra Connor Endowed Faculty Fellowship at the University of Arkansas.