Today's News

Special Session Puts Focus Back on Jobs (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/18/2015 06:59 am

An effort to lure a major defense contract to south Arkansas is offering Gov. Asa Hutchinson a chance to put the focus back on jobs weeks after a legislative session that ended with an unexpected fight over a religious objections law. But the special session planned later this month could also renew the debate over how much a Republican-controlled Legislature is willing to shed its dislike of government spending in exchange for the promise of a major economic development project.

Filmmaker's Papers Headed to University of Arkansas

by Associated Press 5/18/2015 06:55 am

Just like theories of the Phantom Killer and the Fouke Monster persist and thrive in the imagination after so many years, the Charles B. Pierce legacy lives on, alive and well, even beyond the big screen.

Greg Hatcher Sells Partial Interest in Insurance Agency

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Greg Hatcher of The Hatcher Agency says he did sell an interest in the downtown Little Rock insurance agency to Acrisure LLC of Caledonia, Michigan.

Mountain Pure Sues Supplier for Selling Resin Mixed With Metal

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Even though the assets of the water bottling company were sold last year after a foreclosure auction on the steps of the Pulaski County Courthouse, John Stacks retained control of the shell of the company.

Concerns Voiced About Red Alert Proposal in John Rogers Case

by George Waldon 5/18/2015 12:00 am

The $28 million cash offer to acquire the photo archives and sports memorabilia assets once owned by John Rogers has drawn objections and cautionary filings.

UAMS BioVentures Providing Business Guidance

by Sean Beherec 5/18/2015 12:00 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures was launched more than a decade ago to combine research at UAMS with entrepreneurship, technology licensing and economic development. BioVentures has since spun off 22 companies using technologies developed at the campus.

UAMS Eyes Expansion, Sees Increase in Patient Demand

by Mark Friedman 5/18/2015 12:00 am

The Affordable Care Act as applied in Arkansas has worked so well for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences that administrators are considering expanding the 10-story UAMS Medical Center.

TPA Promotes Job Creation (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Congress faces an important choice in the months ahead as it considers a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority. TPA is vital because economic growth and job creation at home depend on our ability to sell American goods and services to the 95 percent of the world's customers living outside the United States.

Epoch Men's Clinic Expanding in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Although Epoch Health touts that it can treat symptoms related to low testosterone in men, it maintains it's nothing like the low-T retail outlets that are gaining scrutiny from some members of the medical community.

A Steno Pool Survivor (Linda Nelson Commentary)

by Linda Nelson 5/18/2015 12:00 am

We were in the old post office on Capitol Avenue, which is now a part of the federal court complex in downtown Little Rock. It was old and had radiators, windows that opened and manual typewriters and calculators. I was 18 and already married one year. I was a GS-3 (on a scale of GS-1 to GS-15) clerk-steno, meaning I actually knew shorthand and could read it back and could type with all fingers.

With End to Lawsuits, Larry Crain Sells Stations

by Sean Beherec 5/18/2015 12:00 am

All of the pending litigation that Little Rock businessman Larry Crain was entangled with earlier this year has been resolved, opening the door to the sale of two radio stations.

CHI St. Vincent's Chad Aduddell on Curbing Costs by Staying in Touch with Patients

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Chad Aduddell oversees CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock and all of Catholic Health Initiatives' organizations and operations in Arkansas. He has 19 years of health care experience.

Dillard Not Too Concerned About Last Week's Stock Performance

by Mark Friedman 5/16/2015 11:58 am

William Dillard II, CEO of Dillard's Inc., downplayed last week's 11 percent tumble at the Little Rock retailer's brief annual shareholders' meeting on Saturday.

Petition Approved for Little Italy to Become Town

by Associated Press 5/15/2015 01:37 pm

The Pulaski County clerk's office has certified a petition from the roughly 380-person community of Little Italy asking to become a town.

Women Share Stories, Strategies About Leading, Growing Ranks in Business

by Lance Turner 5/15/2015 12:07 pm

Women must have an expectation that their potential is limitless, and organizations must understand that diversity is key to powering success, three women business leaders said at a panel discussion Friday morning. Includes video.

Turner Grain's Bankruptcy Converted to Chapter 7 Liquidation

by Mark Friedman 5/15/2015 11:34 am

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Phyllis M. Jones approved a request Thursday to convert Turner Grain Merchandising Inc.'s bankruptcy case from reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation.

Bear State Posts $2.3M Profit in 1Q

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/15/2015 11:27 am

The publicly traded holding company for Bear State Bank collapsed three bank charters in the first quarter.

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Consultant Contract for Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 5/15/2015 10:45 am

Arkansas lawmakers have approved a $1 million contract with a consultant looking at the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, but the House speaker says he'll recommend working with another firm as well.

Tech Park Board Chooses WDD Architects for Phase 1 of Project

by Mark Carter 5/14/2015 03:55 pm

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board has selected Wittenberg Delony & Davidson as the architect for the first phase of the tech park, planned for the Main Street corridor in downtown Little Rock.

Arkansas Lottery Says Cuts Will Boost Money for Scholarships

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/14/2015 03:36 pm

The director of Arkansas' lottery says cutbacks from an overhaul of the games will increase the amount of money available for college scholarships next year, but said its revenue is behind expectations so far this year.