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Walmart Foundation Gives $1.5M to Walton Arts Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/22/2015 10:06 am

The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville said Tuesday that it has received a $1.5 million donation from the Walmart Foundation.

Little Rock Approves Anti-Discrimination Protections

by Associated Press 4/22/2015 06:54 am

Little Rock officials voted Tuesday to prohibit the city and companies contracting with it from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, challenging a new Arkansas law criticized as anti-gay.

Mabee Foundation Makes $1M Challenge Grant to Harding

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 03:21 pm

The Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has a issued a $1 million challenge grant to raise money for three renovation and construction projects at Harding University in Searcy.

UCA Picks Eric Rob & Isaac for Advertising Services

by Sean Beherec 4/21/2015 12:30 pm

The university selected Eric Rob & Isaac after reopening the contract for bids last month. The decision comes about a month after UCA reopened its contract with CJRW of Little Rock, which held the account since 2009, and requested bids from other agencies.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:53 am

The state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6 percent in March, reflecting a revised rate for February. According to DWS, the state's civilian labor force rose by 4,900 from January to February, a result of 5,800 more employed and 900 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

Dexter Suggs Resigns From LRSD Amid Plagiarism Allegations

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:37 am

Little Rock School District interim Superintendent Dexter Suggs has resigned from the district, the state Department of Education said Tuesday.

Arkansas Cities Push Back Against Laws Cast As Anti-Gay

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/21/2015 06:55 am

After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections.

CPI Sells Oklahoma Newspapers to Warren Buffett's BH Media Group

by Lance Turner 4/20/2015 05:22 pm

Community Publishers Inc. of Bentonville has sold the last of its newspaper holdings to a firm owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire-Hathway Co.

Deltic Timber 1Q Net Income Down 61 Percent on Weather, Plant Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 03:31 pm

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado reports first-quarter preliminary net income fell 61 percent to $1.9 million, or 15 cents per share, amid bad winter weather and a fire at one of its plants.

TAC Air to Build New Terminal at Little Rock Airport

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 11:48 am

TAC Air Inc. Dallas said Monday that it will build a new terminal at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, part of an $11 million redevelopment and expansion project it is undertaking there.

Group Seeks Rehiring of Workers at 5 Closed Wal-Mart Stores

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 4/20/2015 11:19 am

A group made up of Wal-Mart workers is asking labor regulators to go to court to force the discounter to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago.

Huckabee to Share 2016 Plans in Hope, Arkansas, on May 5

by Associated Press 4/20/2015 07:06 am

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he will tell supporters on May 5 in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton whether or not he will seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Opt-Out Movement Accelerates Amid Common Core Testing

by Associated Press 4/20/2015 07:04 am

Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.

Hendrix College Inaugurates 11th President

by Associated Press 4/20/2015 06:53 am

Hendrix College has inaugurated its 11th president during a weekend ceremony on its campus in Conway.

Arkansas Heart Foundation Pumps Lance Armstrong Fundraiser

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 12:00 am

The foundation is holding a fundraising event, the Cardiac Classic bike ride, on Saturday, April 25. On the preceding night, Friday, April 24, the foundation is holding “An Evening With Lance Armstrong.”

FOI Request for Solicitor General Applications Turned Down by AG

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 12:00 am

If you were wondering who's in the running to be the new solicitor general at the Arkansas Attorney General's Office, so were we.

Slideshow: Inside Robinson Center's $68 Million Renovation Project

by Jan Cottingham 4/20/2015 12:00 am

The Little Rock auditorium is undergoing a $68 million renovation led by the design team of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock and Ennead Architects of New York. CDI Contractors of Little Rock has partnered with Hunt Construction Group of Dallas as general contractors and construction managers.

Arkansas Hospital Execs' Pay Below Regional Average

by Mark Friedman 4/20/2015 12:00 am

A study recently released to the Arkansas Hospital Association shows that compensation for health care executives in Arkansas is almost 10 percent below averages in the region.

A Mad, Mad, Mid-Mod World (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/20/2015 12:00 am

“Mad Men” has, however, introduced a whole new generation to the good and the bad of the 1960s. I don't think many young women are interested in going back to the typing-pool days, and I hope “Mad Men” hasn't inspired a new love affair with cigarettes and bourbon-buzzed workplaces. But the “midcentury modern” look in clothing and furniture and home decor is back with a vengeance.

Arkansas' Impending Shortfall (Erick Elder Commentary)

by Erick Elder 4/20/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas state public pension system has six different plans, the largest two of which represent 90 percent of the active members and more than 85 percent of total pension funds. There are more than 65,000 retired members associated with these two pensions, namely, the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System and the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System.

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