Today's News

Friends of Brandon Barber Call for Leniency

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Disgraced northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber wants to be sentenced to five years or less in federal prison instead of the nearly 20 years that federal prosecutors are pushing for. His friends have filled a court filing with supportive statements.

Farmers Wait for Turner Grain's Next Move

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Some farmers doing business with Turner Grain apparently had only oral contracts with Turner, one agriculture expert says. That lack of formal contracts could complicate a Turner bankruptcy.

$50M Revitalization Plan Aims To Turn El Dorado into Cultural Mecca

by Michelle Corbet 8/25/2014 12:00 am

With a declining population and an unstable job market, the city of El Dorado is investing in quality of life in an effort to boost its economy.

North Little Rock's Rockwater Residences Poised for Relaunch

by George Waldon 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The opening round of single-family development is about to launch at Rockwater Village in North Little Rock. Seven of the 33 lots are under contract to future residents of the riverside neighborhood.

Buying From You (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 8/25/2014 12:00 am

What is it like to buy from your company? I have been reminded of this seemingly simple question during the past few weeks while presenting to two groups on customer service, prepping conversations for a nationally dispersed sales force, and even re-examining my own outbound marketing tactics.

Lou Ann Nisbett On What Attracts Industry to Pine Bluff

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Lou Ann Nisbett is the president and CEO of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County.

Arkansas Races Attract National Figures (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/24/2014 12:46 pm

The parade of national Republican Party figures through Arkansas touting the GOP's candidates underscores just how much the party is counting on a state that had once been considered a Democratic stronghold.

Whittington To Receive $1.6 Million in Cash Upon Exit From Windstream

by Michelle Corbet 8/22/2014 04:59 pm

Brent Whittington, who this week submitted his resignation as chief operating officer of Windstream Holdings Corp., will leave with a severance package that includes $1.6 million in cash, the company revealed Friday.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Argue Over State Budget Planning

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 8/22/2014 04:10 pm

Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross on Friday used a forum to draw distinctions between their plans for managing the state budget and their priorities for cutting taxes.

State Agriculture Officials: Money at Stake in Turner Grain Could Reach $50M

by Lee Hogan and Lance Turner 8/22/2014 04:05 pm

Officials in Arkansas' agriculture industry think at least $20 million and possibly upwards of $50 million could be involved in the still-unfolding financial drama between Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and the Arkansas farmers who could go without payment for their crops.

Judge Orders Turner Grain Not to Dispose of Assets

by Mark Friedman 8/22/2014 03:10 pm

A Lee County Circuit judge on Wednesday ordered Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and its related entities not to sell any assets that might belong to a group of farmers who sued them.

James Victore at Made by Few: The Best Work is Authentic

by Mark Carter 8/22/2014 01:14 pm

Good work comes from being authentic, the renowned artist told designers, graphic artists and other "makers of the web" gathered for the 2014 Made by Few tech conference that began Friday at the Argenta Community Theater in downtown North Little Rock.

Mike Huckabee: 'Stop the Fight' Over Common Core

by Associated Press 8/22/2014 12:24 pm

Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts him at odds with a significant bloc of Republicans.

Turner Grain Officers No Longer Principals in Related Company

by Mark Friedman 8/22/2014 11:35 am

Two of the top officers at Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley are no longer listed as principals in a related company, according to the National Futures Association.

Dates Approved for Arkansas Waterfowl Season

by Associated Press 8/22/2014 11:18 am

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved the dates for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season.

Arkansas Homes Sales Up 10 Percent in June

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/22/2014 11:14 am

Home sales rose 10.4 percent in June, according to a report Friday by the Arkansas Realtors Association.

Arkansas State Delays Opening of Mexico Campus

by Lee Hogan 8/22/2014 09:31 am

Arkansas State University had plans to open its campus in Mexico in fall 2015, but unforeseen problems have pushed that date to 2016.

Fort Chaffee Panel Shown Plans for Medical College

by Associated Press 8/22/2014 08:41 am

Fort Chaffee officials got a sneak peek at preliminary designs for a planned medical college to be built in their city.

Made by Few Rolls Friday, Saturday

by Mark Carter 8/22/2014 07:50 am

In its fourth year, Made by Few is a growing nationally prominent conference for "makers of the Web" -- individuals who design and create web/mobile applications and sites.

In Memphis, TVA Will Replace Coal with Natural Gas

by Lance Turner 8/21/2014 03:12 pm

The Tennessee Valley Authority voted Thursday to replace its Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis with a natural gas plant, a move aimed at improving air quality conditions in the area.