Today's News

Technological Innovations Bring Profitable Changes to the Fayetteville Shale

by George Waldon 9/15/2014 12:00 am

New advances have enabled companies to drill deeper and more complex wells to tap the gas shale, too. Mixed in with the drilling improvements are new fracking techniques that increase the productivity of wells.

South Arkansas Formation Proves Disappointing So Far

by Michelle Corbet 9/15/2014 12:00 am

The Lower Smackover Brown Dense formation has, so far, been a disappointment for exploration companies, mineral rights owners and state regulators hoping for a 21st century oil boom in south Arkansas and north Louisiana.

Challenges of Family Ownership (Rudy Ortiz Expert Advice)

by Rudy Ortiz 9/15/2014 12:00 am

The irony of family business is that the same characteristics that can lead to their successes can also contribute to their demise. These competing characteristics include family trust, founder independence and tenacity, and extensive product knowledge. It is important to review each of these in fuller detail to understand the challenges family businesses face.

Regions Bank Adds Waylan Wiggins to Roster

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Regions Bank has scored a nice hire: Waylan Wiggins, previously president of the Stuttgart branch of Arkansas County Bank of DeWitt.

Regulators Cite Greater Shale Knowledge as Environmental Complaints Dwindle

by Jan Cottingham 9/15/2014 12:00 am

A decade of shale play development has seen a resolution of some of the early concerns, and two of the Arkansas regulators most involved in overseeing the gas industry in the play credit the growing “maturity” not just of the industry but of their own agencies and the public.

Department of Arkansas Heritage Puts Down Roots Near River

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 12:00 am

The Department of Arkansas Heritage intends to develop a 30,000-SF headquarters in downtown Little Rock, assembling a 4.5-acre location on the banks of the Arkansas River in two transactions totaling $2.3 million.

Simmons First Trust to Buy Talbot Capital Management

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/12/2014 03:24 pm

Simmons First Trust Co. said Friday that it has agreed to purchase Talbot Capital Management Inc. of Pine Bluff for an undisclosed price.

Early Numbers Put Arkansas Tech 3rd Among State Universities

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/12/2014 02:19 pm

If preliminary enrollment numbers at Arkansas universities hold, Arkansas Tech University in Russellville would be ranked third in the state.

Jonesboro Gets US Grant for Railroad Overpass

by Associated Press 9/12/2014 10:44 am

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.2 million grant to create a railroad overpass in Jonesboro.

Mobile-Payment Battle Brews Between Apple, Wal-Mart

by Lee Hogan 9/12/2014 10:44 am

A major battle could be brewing between giants of the retail and technology world over how mobile payments will take hold in America.

UALR Names Bob Denman Interim Athletic Director

by Associated Press 9/12/2014 10:39 am

Arkansas-Little Rock has named an interim athletic director after the department's former leader stepped down for making inappropriate comments about a player's mother during a live webcast of a women's soccer game.

CHI St. Vincent, Cornerstone Hospital Finalizing Agreement for Long-Term Acute Care

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/12/2014 09:33 am

CHI St. Vincent and Cornerstone Hospital of North Little Rock, operated by Cornerstone Healthcare Group of Dallas, Texas, are working out the final details of an agreement that will create 75 jobs and an expanded role for CHG at two CHI St. Vincent locations in central Arkansas.

Rabo AgriFinance Inc. Files Suit Against Turner Grain

by Lee Hogan 9/11/2014 03:10 pm

An agriculture finance company has filed a lawsuit against Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and its executives, alleging breach of contract and saying Turner owes it nearly $1 million.

Crystal Bridges Exhibit to Put American Artists in Spotlight

by Marty Cook 9/11/2014 02:08 pm

Officials with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art travelled more than 100,000 miles to visit with artists across the United States last year in search of pieces for the museum's new exhibit.

Mark Pryor, Tom Cotton Agree to Televised Debate

by Associated Press 9/11/2014 12:01 pm

Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican rival Rep. Tom Cotton have agreed to a televised debate in their nationally watched fight for an Arkansas Senate seat.

Applications for US Unemployment Rise to 315K

by Associated Press 9/11/2014 11:55 am

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the trend in benefit applications in the past month remained low.

Startup Weekend Returns to Little Rock This Week

by Mark Carter 9/11/2014 11:39 am

The entrepreneurial juggernaut Startup Weekend returns to central Arkansas this week. Startup Weekend Little Rock 2014 will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Acxiom's River Market District corporate headquarters and run through Sunday night.

Arkansas Supreme Court Orders Immediate Removal of Judge Mike Maggio

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/11/2014 11:29 am

Arkansas' highest court has ordered the immediate removal of Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio from office in addition to his lifetime ban from the bench.

Oral Arguments Set Over Measure to Legalize Alcohol Sales in Arkansas

by Associated Press 9/11/2014 10:42 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments next month in the lawsuit challenging a proposal to legalize alcohol sales in all 75 of the state's counties.

Fort Smith Leads ATBI in Second Quarter of 2014

by Lee Hogan 9/11/2014 10:13 am

For the second quarter of 2014, Fort Smith remained the leading city on the Arkansas Tech Business Index.