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Arkansas Up for Grabs After Huckabee Exit (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/7/2016 11:09 am

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee's exit from the presidential race could expose where the rifts lie in the Arkansas GOP.

Arkansas Supreme Court Race Pits Judge vs Little Rock Lawyer

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/7/2016 11:07 am

The race for an open seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court pits a state judge and ex-lawmaker who once advocated banning gays and lesbians from fostering and adopting children against a Little Rock lawyer who touts his lack of political experience as an asset.

Tyson Foods Stock Jumps on Record 1Q Earnings

by Alexis Hosticka 2/5/2016 09:44 am

Tyson Foods Inc. on Friday reported first quarter income of $461 million, up 49 percent from the same period in 2015.

Benton County Leads Home Sales; Washington County Shows Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/5/2016 08:59 am

The number of homes sold in November 2015 increased by more than four percent compared to November 2014, according to a report distributed by the Arkansas Realtors Association Thursday.

US Adds Just 151K Jobs in January; 4.9 Percent Jobless Rate

by Associated Press 2/5/2016 07:41 am

U.S. employers added 151,000 jobs in January, a sharp deceleration from recent months as companies shed education, transportation and temporary workers.

Glen Barentine Named Interim Director for Hot Springs Airport

by Associated Press 2/5/2016 07:39 am

An interim director has been named for Hot Springs' airport following the retirement of George Downie.

Acxiom Reports 3Q Loss, But Revenue, Earnings Guidance Rises

by Lance Turner 2/4/2016 03:51 pm

Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock reports a third-quarter net loss of $1.4 million, but revenue rose 6 percent as the company's main operating segments each reported sales growth.

Hutchinson, AEDC Launch 'Arkansas Inc.' to Recruit, Retain Companies

by Alexis Hosticka 2/4/2016 02:10 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston launch "Arkansas Inc.," a new brand campaign to recruit companies to Arkansas while encouraging those here to continue to grow.

Asa Hutchinson Calls Medicaid Meeting With Feds A 'Good Start'

by Associated Press 2/4/2016 02:08 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling his meeting with federal officials this week a "good start" to his proposal to add new limitations to the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion. The Republican governor told reporters Thursday he'll give lawmakers more details at a hearing Feb. 17 on the negotiations to keep the expansion and add new restrictions.

In Fort Smith, Developers Eye $5M Revamp of Historic Ward-Garrison Building

by Alexis Hosticka 2/4/2016 11:50 am

As demand for downtown housing increases in Fort Smith, two developers are mounting a $5 million renovation of the historic Ward-Garrison Building to create upscale apartments.

Arkansas GOP, Having Embraced Term Limits, Is Now Conflicted

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/4/2016 11:18 am

More than two decades after Arkansas became one of the first states to limit how long lawmakers could serve in the Legislature, Republicans who once championed the issue are conflicted.

Murphy USA to Sell CAM Pipeline for $85M; 4Q Income Down 32 Percent

by Alexis Hosticka 2/4/2016 09:24 am

Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado on Wednesday announced fourth-quarter net income of $66.7 million, down 32 percent from $98.3 million in the same quarter in 2014.

Kentucky, Arkansas Top Coverage Gains as GOP Looks to Remake Medicaid

by Associated Press 2/4/2016 07:07 am

As Gov. Matt Bevin prepares to remake Kentucky's Medicaid program, a new national survey shows what's at stake: gains in insurance coverage matched only by one other state.

Trump Calls for Iowa Do-over

by Associated Press 2/4/2016 06:56 am

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is accusing rival Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucuses and is demanding a do-over. The inflammatory accusation marked a reversal for Trump, who on Monday night delivered a concession speech thanking Iowans for his second-place finish and congratulating Cruz.

Dennis Milligan Signs Settlement in Ethics Violation

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 2/3/2016 04:22 pm

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan signed a settlement letter with the Arkansas Ethics Commission on Wednesday, agreeing to four findings of probable campaign reporting violations.

Cindy Gillespie, Former Romney Health Care Advisor, to Lead Arkansas DHS

by Lance Turner 2/3/2016 01:58 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced Cindy Gillespie, a former health care advisor to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

ArcBest 4Q Income Down 66 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/3/2016 10:56 am

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith reported fourth-quarter income of $4.9 million, down 66 percent from the $14.5 million it reported in the same quarter of 2014.

Hendrix College Creates Position to Focus on Diversity, Inclusion

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/3/2016 10:53 am

Hendrix College education professor Dionne B. Jackson will become the college's first vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer beginning July 1.

As Expected, Most Hog Football Tickets Going Up

by Mark Carter 2/3/2016 09:59 am

As expected, most Fayetteville tickets to Arkansas Razorback football games are going up in price, but ticket prices for the Hogs' one Little Rock game per year are going down, the University of Arkansas announced Tuesday.

Tech Park Plans to Close on Phase 1 Friday

by Alexis Hosticka 2/3/2016 09:47 am

The Little Rock Tech Park plans to close Friday on the purchase of downtown properties for the park's first phase, Director Brent Birch said during a meeting Wednesday.