Today's News

Ethics Complaint Against Tom Cotton Dismissed

by Associated Press 4/9/2014 12:51 pm

An ethics panel has dismissed a complaint that accused Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton of soliciting contributions illegally during a radio interview at his congressional office in the U.S. Capitol.

AERT to Pay $44K Fine In Fatal Fire

by Marty Cook 4/9/2014 10:43 am

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies of Springdale agreed to pay fines of $44,000 for violations related to a fatal fire in July.

Small Businesses in Limbo Again on Tax Breaks

by Associated Press 4/9/2014 10:32 am

Small businesses are in limbo as they wait for Congress to make decisions that could save them a lot of money.

Rockline Industries Announces Plans for Russellville Plant

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 10:16 am

Rockline Industries buys a 240,000-SF facility on 30 acres in Russellville to meet demand for its private label products.

Connors Pledge $1.5M to UA Fulbright College Fellowship

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/9/2014 09:57 am

Robert and Sandra Connor of Little Rock and Dallas have pledged $1.5 million to enhance the Robert C. and Sandra Connor Endowed Faculty Fellowship at the University of Arkansas.

CMS Database Shows Medicare Payments to Doctors, Others in 2012

by Lance Turner 4/9/2014 09:17 am

The Wall Street Journal has published a searchable database of information made public by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The list shows total Medicare payments to doctors and other health care providers across the country, including Arkansas, in 2012.

Jobless Rates Fall in All Arkansas Metros

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 09:11 am

Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday.

Arvest Bank Names Craig Rivaldo CEO in Benton County

by Lance Turner 4/8/2014 03:36 pm

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville says Craig Rivaldo, president and CEO of Arvest Bank of Fort Smith, has been named the president and CEO of Arvest Bank of Benton County effective May 1. Rivaldo replaces H. Dennis Smiley Jr., who resigned from the post last month. Rivaldo began his career with Arvest as a trainee with McIlory Bank in Fayetteville in 1987.

Boulevard Bread Co. Expanding Heights Location

by Lee Hogan 4/8/2014 03:22 pm

The flagship location of Boulevard Bread Co. is growing. Boulevard is expanding into the former New Traditions store on N. Grant Street in the Heights.

UA-Monticello Chancellor Jack Lassiter to Retire

by Associated Press 4/8/2014 01:51 pm

University of Arkansas at Monticello Chancellor Jack Lassiter has announced plans to retire as of Dec. 31.

Peter MacKeith Named Dean of UA's Fay Jones School of Architecture

by Lee Hogan 4/8/2014 11:01 am

Peter MacKeith has been named the dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. MacKeith is an architecture professor at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Multifamily Vacancy Up, Development 'Hot' Along I-540 in Bentonville, Rogers

by Marty Cook 4/8/2014 10:15 am

Vacancy rates for multifamily housing in northwest Arkansas rose in the second half of 2013, according to a Skyline Report from Arvest Bank released Tuesday.

Arkansas' Transparency Grade Improves to B- in Latest Report

by Lee Hogan 4/8/2014 09:56 am

Two years ago, Arkansas received an F grade in the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's annual government spending transparency report. This year, Arkansas received a B- grade, marking two years of improvement.

Wal-Mart to Expand Wholesale Outlets in India

by Associated Press 4/8/2014 09:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will open 50 more wholesale stores in India over the next four to five years, adding to the current total of 20 in the country.

Dustin McDaniel Asks Supreme Court to Reconsider Risperdal Ruling

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/8/2014 08:24 am

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider its decision tossing out a $1.2 billion judgment against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, saying justices did "significant harm" to the state and broke from 170 years of precedent.

Gilbert Baker Is Back at UCA And Will Teach Music

by Associated Press 4/8/2014 07:37 am

Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker has returned to the University of Central Arkansas campus as a faculty member in the Department of Music.

Students Shine at First-ever High School Startup Weekend

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 11:54 am

More than 80 students in grades 9-12 spent the weekend in Little Rock coming up with potential tech-based startup ventures as part of the first-ever High School Startup Weekend.

Lawyers for Martha Shoffner Continue Pushing for Acquittal

by Associated Press 4/7/2014 10:40 am

Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner say prosecutors failed to show Shoffner was paid with any business funds as her legal team continues pushing for her acquittal on 14 bribery and extortion charges.

Dyess Administration Building Restoration Nearly Complete

by Associated Press 4/7/2014 08:14 am

A project to restore the boyhood home of Johnny Cash and the Dyess Administration Building is underway in the tiny Mississippi County town, and the projected completion date of the first phase is the end of April.

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.