Today's News

Federal Judge Says Jacksonville School Board Decision Not His

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 7/21/2015 06:48 am

A federal judge ruled Monday that the makeup of the newly formed Jacksonville School District's school board isn't part of the decades-old Pulaski County Special School District desegregation case.

NWA Council Celebrates 25 Years

by Marty Cook 7/20/2015 03:51 pm

The Northwest Arkansas Council celebrated its 25th anniversary at its annual meeting at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Monday.

Social Entrepreneurs Paired with Mentors at Boot Camp

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/20/2015 01:39 pm

Aspiring social entrepreneurs from Arkansas were paired with mentors at the 2015 Social Entreprenurship Boot Camp held at the University of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain.

New Era in Ties Begins as Cuba Raises Flag at Embassy in US

by Associated Press 7/20/2015 10:33 am

Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country's embassy in Washington in a symbolic move signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.-Cuba relations.

Hark, Go Rogue Partner to Expand Entrepreneurial Media

by Mark Carter 7/20/2015 08:50 am

A licensing agreement will bring Go Rogue's content to the Hark network this fall. Go Rogue interviews area entrepreneurs, and Hark records conversations between entrepreneurs and innovators in central Arkansas.

Cities Keep Anti-Discrimination Measures Despite New Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/20/2015 07:05 am

Most Arkansas municipalities that have adopted broader anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians say they'll keep enforcing the measures despite a new law taking effect this week intended to prohibit such ordinances.

Bourbon & Boots Designs Look Familiar to Vendors

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/20/2015 12:00 am

Several Bourbon & Boots vendors have come forward in recent weeks saying that their designs have been dropped from the company's website and replaced with eerily similar ones.

Park Avenue Lofts Sold in $36M Deal

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/20/2015 12:00 am

An affiliate of Equity Resources LLC of Birmingham, Alabama, bought the 258-unit, upscale apartment project at 320 S. University Ave. for $36 million. That's nearly $140,000 per unit.

Soul of the South Owes AEDC $250,000

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/20/2015 12:00 am

AEDC says Soul of the South owes payment on a $250,000 loan from the Governor's Quick Action Closing Fund that came due June 5. The AEDC granted the loan in December, bringing the total state investment in the company to $1.75 million.

Victor, Spoils, Etc. (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/20/2015 12:00 am

The way Robert Stebbins' job termination as sales director for the Arkanas Scholarship Lottery went down, both on the part of the lottery and then by the under-reported, overplayed articles that appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, was astonishing.

Update: Million-Dollar Dream Home in Hillcrest Focus of Lawsuit

by Mark Friedman 7/20/2015 12:00 am

The perfect home became a nightmare for Dr. Joel Dworkin when he discovered his $1.25 million manor in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood had leaky windows and other issues that would cost more than $300,000 to repair.

Biodiesel Industry Falters; Lack of Support Cited

by Austin DuVall 7/20/2015 12:00 am

Declining gasoline prices that cut demand for biodiesel and the increasing popularity of compressed natural gas as a fuel are two other factors behind the industry's doldrums, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and others say.

U.S. Energy Imports Predicted to Fall

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/20/2015 12:00 am

U.S. net energy imports, including all fuels, are expected to decline and then end by 2030, according to the Annual Energy Outlook 2015, a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The end of net imports would be the first time that has been the case since the 1950s, the agency said.

Once Bright, Wind Sector In Arkansas Founders

by Sean Beherec 7/20/2015 12:00 am

What began as a promising new manufacturing sector for the state has petered out into one the Arkansas Economic Development Commission no longer actively pursues.

Tyson Among Poultry Giants Curtailing Antibiotic Use

by Marty Cook 7/20/2015 12:00 am

Christine Daugherty is almost irrepressibly energetic. It's a trait that serves her well in her role as vice president of sustainable food production at Tyson Foods of Springdale.

Harbor's Leslie Davis on How Companies Can Reduce Waste, Regulation

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/20/2015 12:00 am

Leslie Davis, vice president and principal at Harbor Environmental & Safety of Little Rock, co-founded the environmental, safety and engineering consulting firm with Trena Adair in 2007. Davis specializes in acquisition assistance and implementation of compliance management systems.

In Praise of Dust (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 7/20/2015 12:00 am

Create and support the parts of the organization that can execute and keep a sustained focus on the details. Find vendors or partners who will perform those functions. And then remember to celebrate and fete their work in parity with the brilliant idea.

Iran Nuke Deal Puts Spotlight on Tom Cotton (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/19/2015 09:48 am

Freshman Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton rose to prominence as someone not known for understatement, especially when it comes to criticizing the Obama administration on foreign policy issues.

Hillary Clinton Tries to Lift Democrats' Spirits in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/19/2015 09:42 am

Returning to the state where she served as first lady for 12 years, Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to lift the spirits of Arkansas Democrats after recent losses turned the state into Republican territory.

In Arkansas, Donald Trump Touts Business Background

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/18/2015 08:58 am

Headlining the state Republican Party's annual Reagan Rockefeller fundraising dinner, Donald Trump repeatedly railed against President Barack Obama on issues including the Iran nuclear deal and trade policy.