Today's News

Arkansas Lottery Eyes Advertising with State's Universities

by Associated Press 4/16/2014 11:06 am

A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

Simmons Name Appears on Arkansas' Tallest Building

by Gwen Moritz 4/16/2014 11:02 am

The new logo of Simmons First National Bank appeared over the weekend on the south side of Little Rock's tallest building, an installation timed specifically so that a photo of the high-profile branding could be shown at the Simmons First National Corp. annual shareholders meeting.

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 09:46 am

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated.

Cracking The Complex Code of Arkansas Politics (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 4/16/2014 08:56 am

Arkansans are known for being predictably unpredictable at the ballot box. As a result, cracking the code of our complex electorate becomes an important priority - one that perhaps holds the key to victory.

Ruling: Faulkner County Judge Can Remain on Ballot

by Associated Press 4/16/2014 08:35 am

Another Arkansas judge has been ruled eligible for office after his candidacy was challenged because of a temporary license suspension.

Lottery Oversight Committee Votes 'Non Support' On Video Bets

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 4/15/2014 05:26 pm

The Arkansas lottery is trying to find ways to boost sales so the state can award more college scholarships, but a legislative panel showed little affection Tuesday for the methods that could be employed.

Judge Rules Martha Shoffner Corruption Conviction Will Stand

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 4/15/2014 05:05 pm

A federal judge has upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas' former treasurer, rejecting her request to have the case heard by state authorities.

Mark Pryor: $1.2M Raised in First 3 Months of '14

by Associated Press 4/15/2014 04:22 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign says he's raised $1.22 million in the first three months of the year, trailing his Republican rival during the quarter but boasting a larger war chest in his re-election bid.

Mike Ross Bests Asa Hutchinson in Governor's Race Fundraising

by Associated Press 4/15/2014 04:21 pm

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is reporting he bested his two Republican rivals for Arkansas governor in fundraising last month.

Packet House Deal Gets Murky; Restaurant For Sale

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2014 11:23 am

Three weeks after announcing an ownership change, a for-sale sign has appeared outside the Packet House restaurant in Little Rock.

Tom Cotton: $1.3M Raised in 1Q for Senate Run

by Associated Press 4/15/2014 07:12 am

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign on Monday said he's raised more than $1.35 million in the first three months of the year in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas this fall.

Bank of the Ozarks 1Q Profit Up 26 Percent

by George Waldon 4/14/2014 04:35 pm

The purchase of Omnibank of Houston pushed the Little Rock banking company's total assets above $5 billion.

Heartbleed? No Need for Heart Attack, We've Got Help, Advice

by Mark Carter 4/14/2014 03:30 pm

In late December when bloggers and TV show hosts recount the buzz words of 2014, no doubt "heartbleed" will occupy a place on each list.

Netflix's Deal With Comcast Improves Streaming Video Quality

by Associated Press 4/14/2014 02:56 pm

Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to tolls Netflix pays Comcast for a more direct connection to its network.

Three More Banks Sue Dennis Smiley Over Loans

by George Waldon 4/14/2014 12:29 pm

Three more lenders have joined the growing line of banks suing former Arvest Bank executive H. Dennis Smiley Jr. of Rogers.

Boyle Building in Little Rock Will Carry Aloft Hotel Banner

by Mark Carter 4/14/2014 10:16 am

The 12-story Boyle Building at 501 Main St. in Little Rock will be developed as an Aloft Hotel, according to announcement Monday by the Chi Hotel Group of Little Rock.

Arkansas GOP to Intervene in Voter ID Lawsuit

by Associated Press 4/14/2014 09:26 am

A state judge is allowing the Arkansas Republican Party to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under a new voter ID law.

Winter Weather Chills Profit at J.B. Hunt

by Lance Turner 4/14/2014 08:46 am

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell reported a 6 percent decline in first-quarter profit, as harsh winter weather disrupted rail and trucking operations.

A Wet State of Mind (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/14/2014 12:00 am

I used to think I was just so darn clever, but that was before I saw Little Rock attorney David Couch in action. He did the math and realized that it would be easier and cheaper to collect the 78,000 signatures needed to get an amendment making Arkansas counties wet to the state Constitution on the November general election ballot — just 10 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election — than to collect 38 percent of registered voter signatures in one county after another.

XNA Wooing Airlines In Bid to Lower Fares

by Marty Cook 4/14/2014 12:00 am

In the past two years, Scott Van Laningham, the executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, has been meeting with any airline that will listen to his pitch. XNA is eager to bring in a low-cost airline (or two) in an effort to bring down airfares.