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Staffing Contributes to Wait Times at Some Arkansas VAs

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 4/9/2015 07:00 am

A shortage of mental health doctors meant longer than average waits at two of Arkansas' Veterans Affairs medical centers, even though the state's veterans have largely escaped some of the infuriating waits experienced by VA patients in parts of the South.

CJRW Awarded $5.8M Insurance Marketplace Contract

by Sean Beherec 4/8/2015 04:29 pm

The agency beat out two others for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace contract despite not having the lowest bid.

John Boozman's Staff Talks Reimbursement with Health Providers

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 4/8/2015 03:47 pm

Arkansas health care provider are hoping a conversation they've started with staff members of U.S. Sen. John Boozman will help speed up the payment of thousands of outstanding reimbursement claims for medical care provided to military veterans.

Asa Hutchinson Wants More Private Venture Capital in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 02:51 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday said he'd love to see the continued evolution of private venture capital in Arkansas to meet the growth of the state's tech startup ecosystem.

Fed Minutes: Officials Split Widely On Rate Hike Timing

by Associated Press 4/8/2015 01:26 pm

Fed officials disagreed widely last month on when they might begin lifting interest rates from record lows.

CinemaCon 2015 Will Have an Arkansas Flavor

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 11:31 am

This year's event will feature three Arkansas firms at the CinemaCon trade show, interestingly enough: Power Technology Inc. of Alexander; Weldon, Williams & Lick of Fort Smith; and Klipsch of Hope.

Shell's $70B Takeover Could Herald Wave of Mergers

by Associated Press 4/8/2015 11:26 am

Oil and gas company Shell has agreed to buy British rival BG Group for 47 billion pounds ($69.7 billion) in cash and stock, in a deal that may signal a new wave of mega-mergers as the energy industry tries to adapt to lower prices.

Jonesboro Officials Reject Anti-Discrimination Protections

by Associated Press 4/8/2015 09:34 am

Jonesboro city leaders have rejected a proposal to protect city employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Ex-Im Bank Chair: We're Here to Level Playing Field

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 09:32 am

In Little Rock Tuesday to speak at the Clinton School of Public Service and tour the Power Technology Inc. laser manufacturing facility in Alexander, U.S. Export-Import Bank chairman Fred Hochberg insisted his job is to level the playing field for American exporters, big and small.

Celebration Planned to Mark Fulbright's 110th Birthday

by Associated Press 4/8/2015 06:56 am

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a celebration of Sen. Fulbright's 110th birthday this week.

John Boozman's Staff to Address Hospital, VA Reimbursements

by Associated Press 4/8/2015 06:54 am

U.S. Sen. John Boozman is sending staff from his office to meet with Arkansas hospitals and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials to address claims of delayed reimbursements for the medical care that veterans receive.

Fort Smith Agrees to $500M Plan for Clean Water Act Compliance

by Associated Press 4/8/2015 06:50 am

Fort Smith agrees to make almost $500 million in improvements to its sewer system to eliminate federal Clean Water Act violations.

Delta Research Consortium to Unite Regional Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2015 11:47 am

Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is hosting the Delta Research Consortium Leadership Summit on Thursday and Friday, seeking to unite universities and other private and public institutions in eight states to produce research and innovation that will help the Delta economy.

Jonathan Dismang: Process Surrounding Religion Law Not 'Pretty'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/7/2015 10:02 am

Arkansas' Senate president said Tuesday he didn't like the process surrounding the last-minute revamping of a religious objections measure that was initially criticized as anti-gay, but said he believed the compromise law offers more certainty for both sides of the debate.

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Lethal Injection Measure; Lawsuit Filed

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/7/2015 06:51 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday approved legislation aimed at restarting executions after a decade-long lull, prompting several death row inmates to ask a court to strike the measure down.

Governor: Arkansas' Image Helped by Compromise Religion Law

by Associated Press 4/7/2015 06:48 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday said he believes the state's image benefited from the way a religious objections measure was reworked after an earlier version drew complaints that it was anti-gay.

UCA Opens Advertising Contract for Bids

by Sean Beherec 4/6/2015 05:06 pm

UCA opened its advertising contract a year before the end of its contract with CJRW and will hear presentations next week.

Entergy Arkansas Announces Grid Investment of More Than $62M

by Associated Press 4/6/2015 04:58 pm

Entergy Arkansas has announced plans to begin construction on a new transmission line from Monticello to Reed.

Update: USA Truck CEO John Simone Takes Leave of Absence

by Marty Cook 4/6/2015 03:09 pm

USA Truck Inc. CEO John Simone is taking an indefinite leave of absence because of a recent diagnosis of a "serious medical condition," the Van Buren trucking company said Monday.

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