Today's News

Hospital Operator Community Health Systems Reveals Cyberattack

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 10:40 am

Community Health Systems Inc., which operates hospitals in Fort Smith, Bentonville, Springdale and seven other cities in Arkansas, on Monday blamed Chinese hackers for a cyberattack that accessed "non-medical" data on 4.5 million patients of its affiliated physicians.

Fort Smith Stays on Top of Arkansas Tech Business Index; 11 Cities Improve

by Lee Hogan 8/18/2014 10:19 am

For the third month in a row, Fort Smith remained on top of the Arkansas Tech Business Index, according to data compiled for May.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate at 6.2 Percent in July

by Lee Hogan 8/18/2014 09:03 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in July, down one-tenth of a percentage point from June, according to a report released Monday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Agricultural Tourism Growing in Arkansas

by Associated Press 8/18/2014 07:32 am

Agritourism is growing in Arkansas as more farm owners open their gates to tourists and form a spiderweb-like network among several state agencies and nonprofit organizations.

New Regulations a Pain in the Neck for Chiropractic 'Runners'

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 12:00 am

A combination of regulation and enforcement has begun to chip away at the lucrative business plan that has generated so many complaints that the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners had to add another full-time staff position.

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.

John Rogers West Side Condo Back on Manhattan Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

A condo overlooking New York's Central Park that John and Angelica Rogers have rented for several years recently went back on the market.

Windstream Spinoff Hits Dividend Even More Than You Think

by Michelle Corbet 8/18/2014 12:00 am

On July 29, Windstream Holdings Inc. sent shock waves through Wall Street when it announced it would spin off most of its physical assets — mostly copper wires and fiber-optic cables — into a separate, publicly traded real estate investment trust.

Whatsoever Things Are of Good Report (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Sometimes newsworthiness isn't cut and dried. But things that are true and honest and just — I actually get paid to think on these things and to decide whether they are newsworthy, whether or not they are pure and lovely and praiseworthy.

Maumelle Firm Southland Metals Wins $3.8M Judgment

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Southland Metals Inc. of Maumelle won a $3.84 million judgment last month when a federal court jury in Fayetteville considered its breach-of-contract case against a former client, American Castings LLC of Pryor, Oklahoma.

Co-op Ozark Natural Foods Preps for Whole Foods Competition in Fayetteville

by Marty Cook 8/18/2014 12:00 am

When Whole Foods announced its plans in the spring to locate a store in Fayetteville, it elicited cheers from fans of the high-end grocery store and concern from supporters of Fayetteville's own organic Ozark Natural Foods, the state's only grocery co-operative.

Shannon Newton on The Public's 'Blind Spot' Toward Trucking

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Shannon Newton was named president of the Arkansas Trucking Association on June 11 to replace Lane Kidd, who stepped down after 22 years.

When Discipline Is Required (Robert F. Wayland Expert Advice)

by Robert F. Wayland 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Understanding the arbitrator's viewpoint on disciplinary actions can provide employers guidance even before corrective action becomes necessary.

Next Arkansas Governor Inherits Long-Time Delta Woes (AP Analysis)

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/17/2014 01:12 pm

The head of the Delta Regional Authority said a mouthful when he told a jobs conference last week that Arkansas' next governor would face a unique set of challenges after taking office in 2015. Unique? Yes. New? No.

Sources: Turner Grain Appears Headed to Bankruptcy, Losses in Millions

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/16/2014 06:53 pm

Our sources on the commodities beat tell us that Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection. And the losses, two sources have told us, could be in the millions.

Group Submits Petitions to Expand Alcohol Sales

by Associated Press 8/15/2014 03:59 pm

A group pushing for expanded alcohol sales in Arkansas has submitted additional petitions to put its proposal on the November ballot.

Mike Ross Raises $306K, Prepares $1.1M Ad Blitz

by Associated Press 8/15/2014 03:21 pm

Democratic candidate Mike Ross is reporting raising more than $306,000 last month in his bid for Arkansas governor, and has spent more than $1.1 million to air television ads this fall.

AEDC Awards $1.4M in Development Grants

by Associated Press 8/15/2014 11:48 am

Arkansas has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants for structural improvements in eight communities.

FAA to Award $1.2M to Arkansas Airports

by Associated Press 8/15/2014 11:48 am

The Federal Aviation Administration will give $1.2 million in grants to five Arkansas airports for facility upgrades and expansions.

Minnesota Activists Join Fight Over Hog Farm Near Buffalo River

by Associated Press 8/15/2014 11:45 am

Twin Cities environmentalists have joined a campaign asking a food processing company to relocate its Arkansas hog farm.