Today's News

Twerking, Meditation Lead Year's Top Google How-To Searches in Little Rock

by Lee Hogan 12/16/2014 08:30 am

Apparently, Little Rock residents were interested in learning how to meditate and how to twerk in 2014. Well, we hope you found what you were looking for, Little Rock.

Plans for Osteopathic School on A-State Campus Rejected, Officials Will Try Again

by Lee Hogan 12/15/2014 09:46 pm

An accreditation commission has rejected an application by the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine to open a site at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Organizers say they will apply again early next year.

Tom Cotton Serving on House Banking, Armed Services Panels

by Associated Press 12/15/2014 06:01 pm

Incoming Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton will be serving on the Banking and Armed Services committees when he takes office next year.

Officials Say Special Education Unitary in Arkansas District

by Associated Press 12/15/2014 03:49 pm

Attorneys in a longstanding Arkansas school desegregation case have filed a motion agreeing that special education in the Pulaski County Special School District is "unitary," or substantially desegregated.

At Tyson Foods, Christine Daugherty Will Lead Animal Well-Being Efforts

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 03:39 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale names Dr. Christine Daugherty as its new vice president for animal well-bring programs.

Here's Why Oil Is Down by Half And What It Means For You

by Associated Press 12/15/2014 03:25 pm

The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months. So what's going on? A global imbalance of supply and demand that is rippling across the world economy, for better and worse.

Sheena Howell, Lloyd Webre Named to Development Posts at UALR

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 10:26 am

Sheena Howell and Lloyd Webre have been named to positions in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Office of Alumni & Development.

David Allan Pivots from Acorn Hours to Tagless Style

by Mark Carter 12/15/2014 10:01 am

David Allan, who founded Little Rock startup Acorn Hours and guided it through the 2014 fall installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator, has pivoted. Allan is the new CEO of Tagless Style, another Little Rock startup that participated in the ARK this fall.

Arkansas Legislators Eye More Abortion Restrictions

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/15/2014 09:51 am

Nearly two years after approving a pair of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, Republicans in Arkansas' Legislature are weighing additional measures to make it more difficult for women to get the procedure.

Lawsuit Says Turner Grain Companies Shared Assets as 'Same Entity'

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

The financial mess at Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley is getting messier.

SAU President David Rankin on the Importance of Economic Literacy

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

David Rankin was named the president of Southern Arkansas University in January 2002 and plans to retire next June.

Funding a College Education (Jane Wayland Commentary)

by Jane Wayland 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Many articles and reports have been written about the value of a college education. The cost continues to climb, and the opportunities in the marketplace are a struggle for some college graduates. It is no wonder that the value of earning the degree is being questioned.

‘Live Fearless' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/15/2014 12:00 am

But unless we replace the ACA with a brilliant idea that its opponents have thus far kept shrouded in secrecy, getting rid of Obamacare will mean one thing: Millions of Americans — including 200,000 of our neighbors here in Arkansas — will go back to being uninsured, a lifestyle that I wouldn't tolerate for myself and my family for a single day.

Beneficiary Ads Fail To Raise Sales for Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

by Sean Beherec 12/15/2014 12:00 am

A $300,000 investment by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to promote scholarship beneficiaries, including on-field promotions at college football games this fall, appears to have had little impact on sales.

Prudent Planning Pays Off for Cooper Communities

by Marty Cook 12/15/2014 12:00 am

John Cooper III is president and chairman of the board of directors of Cooper Communities Inc. of Rogers, a prolific land development company for the past 50-plus years. How prolific is a company secret, as Cooper politely declines to share the private company's revenue or employment figures. He did sit down at his company's headquarters for an interview, his first ever with the media.

Gray Divorce: Arkansas Attorneys On How Late-Life Splits Threaten Retirement

by Mark Friedman 12/15/2014 12:00 am

The divorce rate for those 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010, and the numbers are expected to continue to rise at an alarming rate. Those who find themselves newly single will have to manage with half the assets the couple saved for retirement — with little time to restore their accounts.

Financial Scams Burden Seniors, Investments

by Sean Beherec 12/15/2014 12:00 am

A growing number of Arkansas seniors are being targeted in fraudulent schemes and investment opportunities, derailing a lifetime of planning and absorbing money that could be used on real investments.

Dan Cushman Sales Job Helps Turn Around PAM Transport

by Marty Cook 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Dan Cushman no longer has to ask his accountants if PAM Transport Inc. of Tontitown has made money this month. Now, he said, he gets to ask the much more fun question of how much money the company made. The trucking company's current financial health stands in stark contrast to those dark months that made up 2008-09.

Steve Standridge: No Personal Gain From $7M Fraud

by Gwen Moritz 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Steve Standridge was emotional but conspicuously unapologetic when he explained to a federal judge why he committed the crimes for which she had just sentenced him to five years in prison.

Arkansas Baptist Gets $30M to Repay Debt, Get Back on Track

by George Waldon 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Little Rock's Arkansas Baptist College recently secured a $30 million funding agreement that has helped calm its troubled financial waters. The deal is a significant event to restore order at the 130-year-old private college after 18 months of trial and tribulation.