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Safety Directors Keep Eye On Construction Sites

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

Contractors, builders and construction executives say accident prevention keeps costs and accidents down at work sites. Having a safety director on a job site could help prevent worker injuries, said Richard Hedgecock, the executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors Arkansas, the state's largest commercial construction trade association.

New Owners Reviving Batesville's Melba Movie Theater

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

Janelle Shell said the curtain will rise again for the Melba Theater in Batesville. But before the doors open to the historic one-screen theater on the city's Main Street, a long list of repairs has to be made.

Eminent Domain Rights Dusted Off as Pipelines Trace Path Across Arkansas

by Sean Beherec 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Several energy projects in various phases of completion are in the works across Arkansas, drawing increased attention to the process of eminent domain used to obtain access to land, as well as some of the difficulties companies face in building their projects.

Matt Crafton of Crafton Tull on Why Construction Clients Shouldn't 'Coast' Along

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

Matt Crafton, 47, is the CEO of Crafton Tull, the civil engineering and landscape architecture firm that his father, Bob, co-founded with Lem Tull in 1963. Crafton Tull is the state's fifth-largest engineering firm, with offices in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Patent Primer: A Visit with Jeff Stinson of UALR TechLaunch

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

Jeff Stinson leads the technology commercialization efforts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as director of UALR TechLaunch. He's also executive director of Fund for Arkansas' Future, the state's first private angel fund. Stinson believes startups born of university research can bolster the state's growing tech startup ecosystem. Many Innovate Arkansas client firms are university startups that hatched a patentable idea and commercialized it.

Arkansas Has Players But No Clout in 2016 Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/19/2015 01:54 pm

Instead of being a key player in an increasingly crowded presidential fight, Arkansas is heading toward an all-too-familiar status as a flyover state in 2016.

US Stocks Drop in Noon Trading

by Associated Press 4/17/2015 11:28 am

Stocks are falling broadly in midday trading on Friday following steep declines in Europe. Investors are worrying that Greece may default on its debt.

UA Names Matthew Waller Interim Dean of Business College

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/17/2015 11:20 am

University of Arkansas Provost Sharon Gaber has appointed Matthew Waller interim dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

USDA Veterinarian: Bird Flu Outbreak Could Be 'Devastating'

by Associated Press 4/17/2015 08:23 am

The nation's poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years, which would be "devastating," the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer said Thursday.

Outgoing Arkansas Chancellor Gearhart, Wife, Give $1M to UA

by Associated Press 4/17/2015 08:18 am

Outgoing University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart and his wife, Jane, are giving a $1 million gift to the university.

Congress Passes Bill to Repeal Estate Tax

by Associated Press 4/16/2015 11:32 am

The House has passed a bill that would repeal the federal tax on estates. The tax is a politically volatile issue even though it affects very few inheritances.

Former Judge Mike Maggio Surrenders Law License

by Associated Press 4/16/2015 11:28 am

A former central Arkansas circuit court judge has voluntarily surrendered his license to avoid a disciplinary hearing.

Home BancShares 1Q Profit UP 14 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/16/2015 11:24 am

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $31.1 million, up 14 percent from the same quarter last year.

Skyline Report: Commercial Permits Up; Multi-family Vacancy Rates Drop in NWA

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/16/2015 11:00 am

Arvest Bank on Thursday released its Skyline Reports on commercial and multi-family real estate in northwest Arkansas for the last six months of 2014.

Independent Citizens Commission to Consider Pay Raises for Prosecutors

by Associated Press 4/16/2015 06:10 am

An independent committee that was formed to review Arkansas elected officials' salaries is beginning to look at whether the state's prosecutors deserve a pay raise.

Southwind Milling in Pine Bluff Gets New Partner, $9M for Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2015 04:18 pm

Optimum Group, which is building a $32 million rice mill at the Port of Pine Bluff, has taken on a new partner, injecting $9 million into an expansion of the project.

ArcBest Corp. Breaks Ground in New Corporate Headquarters

by Marty Cook 4/15/2015 03:47 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson helped ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith break ground Wednesday for its new, four-story, 200,000-SF company headquarters at Chaffee Crossing. ArcBest expects the building to be completed in late 2016 and said it will create 975 jobs through 2021.

HP Enterprise Gets $190M DHS Contract for Medicaid Management

by Lance Turner 4/15/2015 03:33 pm

HP Enterprise Services signs a $190 million contract with the state Department of Human Services to manage Medicaid in Arkansas through a new IT system.

Fed Survey Finds US Economy Growing at Moderate Pace

by Associated Press 4/15/2015 01:14 pm

The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace from mid-February through the end of March although the harsh winter and other factors were having adverse effects.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2015 11:31 am

Tickets are now available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

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