Today's News

Mark Wallace Named CFO for Windstream REIT

by Sean Beherec 3/30/2015 09:57 am

Windstream Holdings Inc. on Monday said Mark Wallace has been named CFO of Communications Sales & Leasing Inc.

At Rally, Dustin McDaniel Opposes #HB1228

by Associated Press 3/30/2015 08:17 am

Several dozens of people, including former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, have gathered in Little Rock to show their distaste for a proposed law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls 'Religious Objection' Laws Dangerous

by Associated Press 3/30/2015 08:13 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business.

Middle-Class Values (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/30/2015 12:00 am

In their second debate last fall, Mark Pryor fumbled the question of how to define the middle class, saying that it would include income up to $200,000 a year. Tom Cotton picked it up and scored, accusing Pryor of “hanging out with out-of-state billionaires if he thinks $200,000 in Arkansas is the middle class.”

Return on Equity: Top 14 Performers Dot Arkansas

by George Waldon 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Fourteen lenders based in Arkansas produced returns on equity (ROE) that topped 13 percent during 2014. The banks were scattered across the state and represented some of the largest and smallest financial institutions.

Jonesboro Developer Bruce Burrow's Pyrrhic Victory

by George Waldon 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Officially launched 11 years ago, The Mall at Turtle Creek represents a landmark development long envisioned for the property by Bruce Burrow. The hybrid retail project — part mall and part lifestyle center — became a high-water mark in his storied career.

AHTD Uses Lessons Learned Last Winter

by Marty Cook 3/30/2015 12:00 am

It might not look it, but Arkansas has some of the most highway miles in the country with more than 16,000, ranking it 12th in the United States. Throw in more than 7,000 bridges, and the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department understandably can be overwhelmed when an ice storm sweeps though the state.

#HB1228 Tests LGBT Economic Argument (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/29/2015 04:41 pm

How the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" is testing an effort by gay rights supporters to turn the fight over anti-discrimination laws and same-sex marriage into a financial debate, not a social one.

Indiana Officials Look to Stem Fallout From Religious Objections Law

by Associated Press 3/27/2015 04:38 pm

The heat over Indiana's new religious objections law spread Friday across social media and to the White House as many local officials and business groups around the state tried to jump in and stem the fallout.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Joins in Chorus Against Religious Protection Bill

by Lance Turner 3/27/2015 01:59 pm

Arkansas is starting to hear from civil rights leaders and the CEOs if prominent tech firms about HB1228, a religious protection bill that was approved in the state Senate this afternoon and now heads back to the House.

Arkansas Senate Approves Religious Protection Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/27/2015 01:46 pm

The Arkansas Senate has passed a bill aimed at preventing the government from infringing upon someone's religious beliefs, a measure that critics say would be a blank check for businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Today Is Final Day for Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 11:49 am

Today is the final day for readers to make nominations for Arkansas Business' annual 40 Under 40 feature.

US Economic Growth Might Be Mild, But It's Also Really Durable

by Associated Press 3/27/2015 11:45 am

The U.S. economy's tepid performance last quarter — a 2.2 percent annual growth rate, the government said Friday — was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009.

PAM Executives Got Pay Bumps After Profitable 2014

by Marty Cook 3/27/2015 10:33 am

President and CEO Dan Cushman received total compensation of $1.38 million in 2014, according to a proxy statement filed with the SEC. Cushman made $720,034 in 2013. The pay increase came after a year in which PAM posted net income of $13.5 million, an increase of 129 percent from 2013.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 09:47 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February, down a tenth of a percentage point from January, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Arkansas Senate Backs Ban on 'Re-Homing' Adoptees

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/27/2015 07:48 am

The Arkansas Senate unanimously approved measures Thursday banning the informal transfer of adopted children known as "re-homing."

Arkansas Lawmaker Urges Ban on California Wine Over Egg Law

by Associated Press 3/27/2015 07:29 am

An Arkansas lawmaker said Wednesday that the state should ban California wine as retribution for the West Coast state's law requiring egg-laying hens to be able to stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings.

I.O. Metro Names John Erdos New CEO

by Marty Cook 3/26/2015 04:03 pm

I.O. Metro of Lowell named John Erdos CEO and announced that some of the company's operations would relocate to Dallas this summer.

Asa Hutchinson: No Room for More Tax Cuts

by Associated Press 3/26/2015 02:33 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says there's no room in his proposed budget for additional tax cuts, despite a renewed push to find funding for an exemption for military veterans.

Asa Hutchinson Says He'd Sign Religious Protection Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/26/2015 11:40 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he would sign into law a religious protection measure that opponents have said would open the door to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.