Today's News

Arkansas Governor Hires Williams as New Chief of Staff

by Associated Press 5/20/2016 03:30 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says his director of state-federal relations Alison Williams will take over as his chief of staff next month.

Bobbitt to Recommend Andrew Rogerson as New UALR Chancellor

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/20/2016 01:46 pm

University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt said Friday that he will recommend Andrew Rogerson to UA board of trustees as the next chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Matt Campbell Lawsuit Against Facebook Advances

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/20/2016 01:31 pm

Little Rock lawyer and blogger Matt Campbell's lawsuit against Facebook cleared a big hurdle this week when a federal judge in California granted in part a motion to certify it as a class action.

Born Out of Acxiom, Ensono Aims to Expand in Mainframe Market

by Sarah Campbell 5/20/2016 11:30 am

Jeff VonDeylen, chief executive officer of Ensono, said the $200 million Chicago-based business sold by Acxiom last year, is focusing on innovation while finding it difficult to recruit young people with mainframe skills it needs.

With New Tech and Data, Rock Region Metro Aims for Service Improvements

by Alexis Hosticka 5/20/2016 10:28 am

Rock Region Metro is using new technology and upgrades in hopes of encouraging more people to use public transportation and earn the public's vote for a sales tax increase.

Arkansas Employment at Record High, Unemployment at 3.9 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/20/2016 09:30 am

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point, from 4.1 percent in March to 3.9 percent in April, according to the state Department of Workforce Services.

CFO Michael Borrows Steps Down at USA Truck

by Marty Cook 5/20/2016 09:13 am

There's more executive transition coming to USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren. CFO and Executive Vice President Michael Borrows resigned from the firm on Thursday.

Lawmakers Eye Competing Highway Plans

by Associated Press 5/20/2016 07:49 am

Arkansas lawmakers advanced competing proposals to raise more money for state highways Thursday as they kicked off a session focused on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to bring in an additional $1 billion in federal funds for roads over the next five years.

Arkansas Court Rejects Lawsuit Over Campaign Finance Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/19/2016 03:46 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit challenging the attorney general's decision to reject the wording of a ballot measure that would impose new campaign finance and ethics restrictions on elected officials.

Hutchinson: Transgender Bathroom Debate Likely Next Year

by Associated Press 5/19/2016 12:32 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's opposed to taking up legislation during this week's session regarding which restrooms transgender people can use, but says he expects the issue to come up when lawmakers return next year.

Correct Craft Names Steve Henderson President of SeaArk Boats

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/19/2016 11:07 am

Correct Craft of Orlando, Florida, names Steve Henderson president of SeaArk Boats, the Monticello aluminum fishing boat manufacturer it purchased earlier this week.

Arkansas Seeks to Resume Executions as Drug Expiration Nears

by Associated Press 5/19/2016 10:52 am

A lawyer representing Arkansas' prison system says the state Supreme Court should let eight executions proceed because questions raised about a sedative's efficacy have been adequately addressed by judges in other parts of the country.

J.B. Hunt Gives $5M to Arkansas Children's Northwest

by Mark Friedman 5/19/2016 10:23 am

J.B. Hunt Transport Services of Lowell announces a $5 million donation to Arkansas Children's Hospital's northwest Arkansas hospital, now under construction in Springdale.

Wal-Mart 1Q Results Beat Forecasts, Boost Share Price

by Associated Press 5/19/2016 06:41 am

Surprisingly strong sales at Wal-Mart and an optimistic outlook from the world's largest retailer lifted a pall that settled over the entire sector this week. Sales at U.S. stores open at least a year rose 1 percent, the seventh consecutive quarterly increase. The company's shares jumped 9 percent before the opening bell Thursday.

Arkansas Releases Proposed Changes to Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 5/18/2016 04:28 pm

Arkansas has released details of its plan to add new restrictions to the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion and is beginning to gather public comments before the proposal is submitted to the federal government.

Walmart's Jeff Fleming Elected Chairman of ATA's 40U40 Council

by Marty Cook 5/18/2016 04:11 pm

Jeff Fleming was named chairman of the Arkansas Trucking Association's 40 Under 40 Council at the organization's annual conference Wednesday at the Little Rock Marrriott.

Arkansas Lawmakers Side With Governor on LGBT Guidance

by Associated Press 5/18/2016 03:43 pm

Arkansas lawmakers are joining with Gov. Asa Hutchinson to encourage schools to disregard an Obama administration directive that they must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

Leslie Rutledge Asks Court to Dismiss Suit Over Ethics Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/18/2016 03:41 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the state's highest court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging her rejection of a ballot measure that would impose new campaign finance and ethics restrictions.

Simmons First to Buy Citizens National Bank of Athens In Deal Worth $77M

by Lance Turner 5/18/2016 03:35 pm

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff said Wednesday that it agreed to purchase Citizens National Bank of Athens, Tennessee, in a deal valued at $77 million.

Chris May to Return to KATV Anchor Desk Aug. 1

by Kyle Massey 5/18/2016 01:58 pm

Chris May, who left Little Rock in 1998 to become a big-market anchorman in Boston and then in Philadelphia, is returning to KATV-TV, Channel 7, beginning Aug. 1.