Today's News

Panel Changes Arkansas Pay Raise Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/14/2014 04:33 pm

A newly formed commission meeting this week to review and adjust Arkansas elected officials' salaries changes the dynamic of a long-running debate among policymakers. Arkansas' pay for governor, legislators and other elected positions pale when compared to most states, but there's little political upside to increasing those salaries.

Judge Rejects Bid to Delay Tracy Morgan's Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart

by Associated Press 12/13/2014 11:02 am

Tracy Morgan has won the latest round in his effort to sue Wal-Mart and others over a fatal crash in New Jersey.

Jeff Gardner Leaves Windstream with $5.1M Package

by Lance Turner 12/12/2014 05:23 pm

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock files details of its final compensation payments to former CEO Jeff Gardner and its new compensation agreement with Gardner's successor, Tony Thomas.

UA System Announces Faculty to Develop eVersity Curriculum

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

The University of Arkansas System announces a group of faculty members who next week will begin developing curriculum and degree offerings for the eVersity, the system's online unversity.

Like Low Gas Prices? So Does the Station Owner

by Associated Press 12/12/2014 11:26 am

So you think you are finally getting one over on the gas stations as you pay well under $3 a gallon for the first time in four years? Guess again.

ASTA Funds UALR Research into Solar Cell Technology

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/12/2014 11:22 am

The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has awarded a grant of $46,500 to a University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor of physics who hopes to improve on a solar cell material as a stable source of sustainable energy.

Outlook on Manufacturing Positive, Still Short of Pre-Recession Levels

by Lee Hogan 12/12/2014 10:51 am

All indications show the manufacturing sector is improving in Arkansas, but there is still a ways to go before it reaches the pre-recession levels.

Proland Title Purchases Cabot Title Co.

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/12/2014 09:55 am

Proland Title Company of Little Rock has purchased Cabot Title Co. and Lonoke County Title Search, an online title search platform, the company announced Friday.

Windstream Names New CFO, Makes Other Leadership Changes

by Lance Turner 12/12/2014 07:34 am

A day after the resignation of founding CEO Jeff Gardner, Windstream Holdings Inc.'s new chief executive appointed a new CFO and named three executives to oversee company segments.

Photos: Inside the Ongoing Renovation of Robinson Center

by Lee Hogan 12/12/2014 07:30 am

If the massive crane didn't give it away, one trip inside the historic Robinson Center Music Hall leaves no doubt: There's a renovation happening.

Bass Pro Shops Buys Ranger Boats

by Lance Turner 12/11/2014 05:01 pm

Bass Pro Group LLC, the privately held outdoor and hunting supply retailer, is buying Fishing Holdings LLC of Flippin, which makes Ranger Boats, Stratos and Triton fishing boat brands.

Tony Thomas Named CEO of Windstream As Jeff Gardner Steps Down

by Lance Turner 12/11/2014 04:01 pm

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock said Thursday that Jeff Gardner has resigned as president and CEO and that Tony Thomas has been appointed to succeed him "effective immediately."

Wal-Mart CEO Says Company's U.S. Workers Will Soon Make Above Federal Minimum Wage

by Lee Hogan 12/11/2014 02:47 pm

Employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville have protested for an increase in wages, and according to company CEO Doug McMillon, that raise is coming soon.

Total Assets Up to $64.9B, FDIC Report Finds

by Lee Hogan 12/11/2014 02:01 pm

The number of Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. institutions was down three to 111 in the third quarter, but total assets were up more than $1 billion to $64.9 billion, according to a forecast of banking conditions in Arkansas by the FDIC.

Oaklawn Waves General Admission for 2015 Season

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/11/2014 12:06 pm

Oaklawn Racing & Gaming of Hot Springs has announced it is waving its $2 general admission fee for the 2015 thoroughbred racing season.

Leslie Rutledge Names Chief of Staff, Legislative Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/11/2014 11:14 am

Attorney General-elect Leslie Rutledge names Carl Vogelpohl of Little Rock as chief of staff and Cory Cox of Maumelle as legislative director.

Bobby Lester Named Interim Superintendent for Jacksonville District

by Associated Press 12/11/2014 09:00 am

A former superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District will be the temporary head of a breakaway district.

White County Medical Center to Buy Newport Hospital

by Lance Turner 12/11/2014 08:21 am

Community Health Systems Inc. of Franklin, Tennessee, says it will sell its 133-bed Harris Hospital in Newport, along with related outpatient services, to White County Medical Center of Searcy.

About 16 People Injured in Ammonia Leak at Tyson Plant

by Lance Turner 12/11/2014 07:31 am

Officials say about 16 people have been taken to hospitals following an ammonia leak at the Tyson Foods Chick-n-Quick plant in Rogers.

Matthew Cooper Leaving Cache Restaurant at End of 2014

by Lee Hogan 12/10/2014 04:07 pm

Matthew Cooper, general manager and executive chef, at Cache Restaurant in downtown Little Rock is leaving at the end of the year to "purse a new opportunity."