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What to Watch for in Second Arkansas Senate Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/14/2014 10:18 am

A day after their first televised debate, the candidates in Arkansas' heated U.S. Senate race are gearing up for round two. Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican rival Rep. Tom Cotton are set to square off for their second and final debate at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville campus on Tuesday night.

Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs Put on Auction Block

by Associated Press 10/14/2014 10:07 am

A real estate auctioneer says the Majestic Hotel complex will be for sale until next month.

ARK Challenge: Spencer Jones' Light Bulb Moment Could Benefit Patients

by Mark Carter 10/14/2014 08:44 am

The road to entrepreneurship takes many different routes. For some, entrepreneurship seems to exist as part of their DNA. For others, a light bulb moment illuminates the way.

New Terminal Opens at Manila Airport

by Associated Press 10/14/2014 08:28 am

City officials have opened a new terminal at the Manila Municipal Airport in northeast Arkansas after a year of construction.

Lawyer: 'Fraud' Put Minimum Wage Issue on Arkansas' Ballot

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/14/2014 07:32 am

The lawyer for a businessman who opposes an effort to raise Arkansas' minimum wage said Monday that placing the issue before voters would be an endorsement of fraud.

Tom Cotton, Mark Pryor Stick to Familiar Themes in Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/13/2014 04:43 pm

The candidates in Arkansas' heated Senate race have stuck to familiar themes in their first debate, with Sen. Mark Pryor accusing Republican Rep. Tom Cotton of being beholden to billionaire donors and Cotton casting Pryor as the president's closest ally in Arkansas.

Arkansas' 2nd District Candidates Meet at AETN Debate

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/13/2014 02:09 pm

The candidates for Arkansas' 2nd District congressional seat say they have problems with new health care law.

What to Watch For in Today's Arkansas Senate Debate on AETN

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/13/2014 11:19 am

They've been running for more than a year. The only thing missing in the contest between Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has been a head-to-head debate. That changes today.

Arkansas Cartoonist Jon Kennedy Dies at 96

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 10:07 am

Jon B. Kennedy of North Little Rock, a former editorial cartoonist at the Arkansas Democrat and Arkansas Business, died Friday. He was 96.

Crystal Bridges' State of the Art Exhibition Means Business for Arkansas Artists

by Jan Cottingham 10/13/2014 12:00 am

The State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which has gained national attention, has been transformative for Little Rock artist Delita Martin, who has three pieces in the exhibit.

Fraud Helped Extend One Bank's Solvency, Hunt Company's Lawsuit Alleges

by George Waldon 10/13/2014 12:00 am

An injection of $17.3 million in U.S. Treasury TARP funds five years ago saved Little Rock's One Bank & Trust from insolvency. A lawsuit against the bank's parent company, One Financial Corp., alleges that deception was deployed to obtain that money.

Court Appoints Former LR Mayor Special Administrator in Scooter Stuart Case

by George Waldon 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Tom Prince, former Little Rock mayor, has entered the fray between Little Rock's One Bank & Trust and the estate of its former controlling owner and CEO, Layton “Scooter” Stuart.

Arvest Extends Lead on List of Largest Trust Departments

by Gwen Moritz 10/13/2014 12:00 am

This week, Arkansas Business presents three industry lists with the common theme of wealth management: trust departments, money managers and broker-dealers.

Redman & Associates Reaches Deal With Chinese

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Redman & Associates, the Rogers company that had hoped to take over the manufacturing of battery-operated riding toys for sale to Wal-Mart, has called a temporary truce in its legal dispute with Chinese importer Sales Chief Ent. (Hong Kong) Co.

Success of Slim Chickens Restaurant Chain Eggs On Investors for $2.5M More

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Slim Chickens Development Co. LLC, the Fayetteville company behind the popular restaurant chain, last month filed a Form D with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission indicating it plans to raise $2.5 million.

The Mind of an Entrepreneur (Mitch Bettis Publisher's Note)

by Mitch Bettis 10/13/2014 12:00 am

On Oct. 24, Arkansas Business, in partnership with the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is hosting another Power Breakfast executive panel.

EEOC Filing Fewer Discrimination Cases In Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 10/13/2014 12:00 am

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed only two lawsuits in the state this calendar year, continuing a recent trend line. In 2011, the EEOC filed six lawsuits in Arkansas' federal courts and three the following year. Last year, the EEOC filed only two lawsuits against companies operating in the state.

Development Paused at Interchange as Conway Mulls Annexation

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Although the Conway Corridor project was first touted as a way to encourage more retail and office development, Conway city planners are exploring options that would allow them to limit development along the new corridor.

What's Your Story? (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 10/13/2014 12:00 am

If you could, like Shakespeare's Henry V, walk anonymously in the hallways and meeting rooms of your business, what stories would you hear? Are they focused on historical challenges or on where the company is headed? Are they stories about what the organization can create or on limitations and problems from historical habits or even failures?

More Baby Boomers' 401(k) Plans Not Financially Ready for Retirement

by Mark Friedman 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Baby boomers between 55 and 64 haven't squirreled away that much money for retirement, though some Arkansas money managers say their clients mostly will be financially ready.