Today's News

US Stocks Tumble on Weak Corporate Forecasts, Economic Data

by Associated Press 1/27/2015 11:15 am

U.S. stocks are tumbling in midday trading, weighed down by disappointing forecasts from big-name companies and an unexpected drop in orders of long-lasting goods.

Arkansas House Panel Approves Governor's Tax Cut Plan

by Associated Press 1/27/2015 11:03 am

A House panel has advanced Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's middle class tax cut package after restoring a portion of a capital gains tax break it would have repealed.

Innovate Arkansas Bringing Iron Yard Coding School to Little Rock

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 10:15 am

The Iron Yard offers intensive courses in Python, front-end, rails and mobile engineering as well as a startup accelerator, web design and kids classes. Little Rock courses will include front-end, rails and mobile and will begin in mid-2015. The Iron Yard aims to grow developers and help them find jobs after graduation from its courses.

Arkansas Pays Overdue Docketing Fee in Gay Marriage Case

by Associated Press 1/27/2015 10:14 am

A federal appeals court says it has received payment from the Arkansas Attorney General's Office one day after it threatened to dismiss the state's attempt to restore a gay marriage ban because of an outstanding $505 docketing fee.

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 09:35 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services.

Phases of the Moon Music Festival Moving from Illinois to Arkansas

by Associated Press 1/27/2015 07:42 am

The organizers of the year-old Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival say they'll move their show from Illinois to Arkansas.

Tyson Foods to Upgrade Georgia Plant, Add 500 Workers

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2015 07:40 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale said this morning that it plans to invest $100 million in its Vienna, Georgia poultry plant, adding about 500 jobs there.

Arkansas Insurance Department Issues Order on Funeral Home

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 05:22 pm

Arkansas' insurance commissioner has issued an emergency order prohibiting a funeral home that has surrendered its operating license from the selling of prepaid funeral benefits contracts.

Jeff Long Re-Elected as Playoff Selection Committee Chair

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 05:21 pm

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will serve another season as the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Arkansas House OKs Deadline Change for Write-In Candidates

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 05:20 pm

The Arkansas House has voted to require write-in candidates to notify state and local election officials 90 days in advance if they plan to run for office.

Lawmakers Look at Keeping Part of 2013 Capital Gains Tax Cut

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 05:19 pm

Arkansas lawmakers may change Gov. Asa Hutchinson's middle-class tax cut package to roll back its proposed repeal of $21 million capital gains tax break that lawmakers approved two years ago, the chairman of the House panel considering the measure said Monday.

Proposal Filed To End Arkansas' Private Option Compromise Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 05:16 pm

A group of Republican lawmakers wants to terminate Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion by the end of the year, despite Gov. Asa Hutchinson wanting to continue the program through 2016.

UALR's Bob Adams, VP for Finance, Announces Retirement

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 01:46 pm

Bob Adams, the vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is retiring, the school announced Monday.

Windstream Names Lewis Langston CIO, Adds Other Senior Leaders

by Sean Beherec 1/26/2015 09:01 am

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock announced more senior leadership changes on Monday.

Josh White Named News Director at KAIT

by Sean Beherec 1/26/2015 07:17 am

A former assistant news director at KAIT-TV, Channel 8 in Jonesboro is returning to the station as news content director.

Ross Cranford on the Current 'Revolutionary' Climate in Advertising & Marketing

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Before leaving to create his new agency, Ross Cranford worked for 19 years at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, starting as a junior copywriter in 1995, then writer, digital creative director, associate creative director, director of strategic planning, vice president for tourism services and member of the board of directors.

Good Luck With That (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/26/2015 12:00 am

The news that new vehicles, especially SUVs, are flying off the dealers' lots fills me with mixed emotions. If people were using the fuel savings to replace an older car with a more fuel-efficient model, it could make sense even when fuel prices inevitably rise again.

Who Owns Customer Service? (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Effective business leaders implicitly know that “the customer comes first,” so it's no surprise that one of the goals I hear most frequently from executives is for their organizations to raise the level of customer service. This is typically an element of other strategic initiatives, such as generating better customer retention, expanding the wallet share per customer or hitting a particular customer-satisfaction score.

In Arkansas, Rules Restrict e-Services By Physicians

by Mark Friedman 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Teladoc Inc. of Dallas is the latest telemedicine provider to be shut out of Arkansas because of Arkansas State Medical Board rules involving physician-patient relationships.

Stephens' Halifax Made Money Before Sale to New Media

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

A recent U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission filing by the company that bought Halifax Media, the private newspaper chain partially owned by Warren Stephens, revealed more details about his company's financials.