Today's News

John Eckart to Retire as Murphy Oil CFO

by Kyle Massey 2/13/2018 09:40 am

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado is looking for a new chief financial officer to succeed John W. Eckart, who announced Monday that he plans to retire this year after 28 years at the company.

Oklahoma Pulling Up Red Carpet Offered to Wind Industry

by Associated Press 2/13/2018 07:01 am

In the early 2000s, policymakers in Oklahoma rolled out the red carpet for the burgeoning wind industry. But as the state's finances plunged into recession, lawmakers ended all state incentives and now are considering taxes on wind and caps on incentives.

After Crop Damage, Farmers Get Training on Using Dicamba

by Associated Press 2/13/2018 06:41 am

Tens of thousands of soybean and cotton farmers across the country are taking free but mandatory training in how to properly use a weed killer blamed for drifting and damaging crops in neighboring fields.

Arkansas Governor Backs Tax Cut For Top Earners

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/12/2018 04:49 pm

Arkansas' governor called for cutting income taxes for the state's top earners by $180 million on Monday, and said his plan to set aside surplus money will help set the stage for that reduction when lawmakers take up the proposal next year.

Ex-Arkansas Lawmaker Pleads Guilty in Charity Scheme

by Associated Press 2/12/2018 03:19 pm

A former Arkansas state representative has pleaded guilty to his role in an embezzlement scheme involving a Springfield, Missouri, charity.

Riverfest to Return Memorial Day Weekend

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 2/12/2018 01:45 pm

Riverfest will return to downtown Little Rock on Memorial Day weekend, thanks to a for-profit company that acquired naming rights for the annual festival after the nonprofit that ran it for 40 years called it quits in July.

Sunstar, in Growth Mode, Acquires WLR's Matson Agency

by Kyle Massey 2/12/2018 10:10 am

Keeping up an aggressive pace of growth, Sunstar Insurance Group LLC of Memphis has absorbed the business of the Matson Agency of west Little Rock, its second acquisition just this year.

Beleaguered Gunmaker Remington Points to Bankruptcy Court

by Associated Press 2/12/2018 09:31 am

Remington, the gunmaker beset by falling sales and lawsuits tied to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, has reached a financing deal that would allow it to continue operating as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Democrats Eye Narrow Opening for House Seat in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/12/2018 07:13 am

A state legislator's decision to run for a U.S. House seat in central Arkansas is a sign that Democrats see a chance to reclaim what once had been a reliably blue district despite the state's shift to the right in recent years.

Medicaid Plan's Fate Uncertain as Arkansas Lawmakers Convene

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/12/2018 07:04 am

Arkansas' governor and legislative leaders hope to stay focused on the next state budget when they convene this week, but uncertainty looms about whether there will be enough support to keep the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion alive for another year.

David Martin Pledges Allegiance to New Name

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/12/2018 12:00 am

David Martin, the chairman and CEO of Martin-Wilbourn Partners is leading the Little Rock communications firm into a new era as Allegiance.

CNBC's 'American Greed' May Feature John Rogers

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/12/2018 12:00 am

Scouts of CNBC's "American Greed" have watched with interest the unfolding of the crash-and-burn story of John Rogers

Clarke Tucker Leaves Quattlebaum Grooms & Tull

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/12/2018 12:00 am

Clarke Tucker said he left the firm about three weeks ago to focus on his run for the House seat that represents central Arkansas.

Condo Inside Residences at Building 5 Sells for $2.6 Million

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/12/2018 12:00 am

High-rise condo space in downtown Little Rock, a mixed-use commercial project in west Little Rock and an office building in North Little Rock provide a trio of recent million-dollar transactions.

Bankrupt Manila Farmer Lists Over $1M in Debts

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/12/2018 12:00 am

A farmer in Mississippi County listed debts between $1 million and $10 million when he filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection earlier this month.

Fort Smith Brokers Spring Chicken Suit on Popeyes Owners

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/12/2018 12:00 am

A Fort Smith real estate company is suing the former and current owners of a Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen restaurant in Fayetteville.

Tax Changes: The Good, Bad and Quirky

by Kyle Massey 2/12/2018 12:00 am

Arkansas Business asked a panel of tax experts for insights on the new code, which was signed by President Donald J. Trump in late December. After hitting the highlights, they delved into provisions that surprised them.

Biggest Deals of 2017: Arkansas Transactions Soar 50 Percent, Reach $14.7B

by Jan Cottingham 2/12/2018 12:00 am

Tax reform expected to increase pace, size of acquisitions in 2018.

Plugged-In Nation (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/12/2018 12:00 am

If Richard Nixon had recorded his conversations as a podcast host instead of as a president, the world may have never known about Martha Mitchell.

Invest in Your Culture; It's Reflected in the Bottom Line (Karen Armstrong Expert Advice)

by Karen Armstrong 2/12/2018 12:00 am

Today's workforce, especially among millennials, rates companies that are desirable to work for based on their culture. From a recruitment and retention standpoint, culture is critical, but how do the characteristics of that environment translate to profitability?