Today's News

Fired Wal-Mart Worker Who Claimed Discrimination Wins $31M

by Associated Press 1/29/2016 11:55 am

A jury has awarded more than $31 million in damages to a former Wal-Mart pharmacist in New Hampshire who claimed she was wrongly fired after reporting safety concerns about co-workers dispensing prescriptions.

Baptist Health Closing Kidney Transplant Program

by Mark Friedman 1/29/2016 11:41 am

Baptist Health of Little Rock is closing its kidney transplant program in about 90 days, citing declining volume and fewer available organs.

Small Businesses, Hospitals Strive to Serve Fitness Market in Jonesboro

by George Jared 1/29/2016 11:14 am

The need to sustain a healthier lifestyle among Americans is growing, and businesses in Jonesboro are lining up to serve that market.

Donald Trump Holding Campaign Rally in Arkansas

by Associated Press 1/29/2016 09:49 am

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is campaigning in Arkansas two days after the Iowa caucuses.

EPA: Crittenden County Meets Ozone Standard

by Mark Carter 1/28/2016 02:56 pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to approve a state request to designate Crittenden County in northeast Arkansas as having met the federal 2008 ozone standard.

Casino Mogul Hires Craig Moon As New Las Vegas Review-Journal Publisher

by Associated Press 1/28/2016 01:51 pm

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a new publisher recruited and hired by the family of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who secretly bought the newspaper last fall in a sale that has been heavily scrutinized over transparency concerns.

Oaklawn Bans Arizona, New Mexico Horses Over Virus Scare

by Associated Press 1/28/2016 12:25 pm

Oaklawn Park says horses that have been in Arizona or New Mexico since the start of the year have been banned from the Arkansas track because of concerns over a virus.

Update: Dennis Smiley Sentenced to 97 Months, Restitution of $4.9M

by Marty Cook 1/28/2016 11:16 am

H. Dennis Smiley Jr., the former bank president who pleaded guilty last year to bank fraud, was sentenced Thursday to 97 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Ballet Arkansas Names Ganelle Blake Executive Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/28/2016 09:38 am

Ballet Arkansas announced Thursday that Ganelle Blake will lead the state's only professional ballet company as its new executive director.

UALR Names Christian O'Neal New Vice Chancellor

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/28/2016 08:53 am

University of Arkansas at Little Rock officials announced Wednesday that Christian O'Neal will take over as vice chancellor for advancement.

Blytheville School Board Approves Bus Advertisements

by Associated Press 1/28/2016 07:13 am

The Blytheville School board has approved an ordinance to put advertisements on the district's school buses.

UA Board Votes to Continue Plans for $160M Razorback Stadium Expansion

by Alexis Hosticka 1/27/2016 05:13 pm

The University of Arkansas board of trustees on Wednesday voted to move forward with the estimated $160 million expansion and renovation of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

4Q Loss Brings Murphy Oil's Red Ink to $2.2B in 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2016 04:22 pm

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $587.1 million, or $3.41 per share, leading to an annual net loss of $2.2 billion, or $13.03 per share. CEO Roger Jenkins said the firm will focus on keeping operating costs low to weather low oil prices.

$6M Initiative Bringing 215 Teachers to Arkansas

by Associated Press 1/27/2016 02:56 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says $6 million is state and private funds are being used to bring more than 215 teachers to the state over the next three years.

Developers Say Movie Tavern Is Coming to Gateway Town Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2016 02:01 pm

Developers of the Gateway Town Center in Little Rock said Wednesday that Movie Tavern, a dine-in movie theater chain, is planning a new theater at the shopping center.

Wal-Mart's Shutdown Creates New Food Deserts

by Associated Press 1/27/2016 01:15 pm

An Associated Press analysis shows that the closing of more than 150 Wal-Mart stores nationwide will create three food deserts in Alabama, Kansas and Arkansas.

Hot Springs Hires City Manager After Vetting Oregon History

by Associated Press 1/27/2016 12:32 pm

The Hot Springs Board of Directors has voted to hire a new city manager, saying his dismissal from a similar job he held in another city wasn't a concern.

US New-Home Sales Soar in December

by Associated Press 1/27/2016 11:52 am

Americans rushed to buy new homes in December at the strongest pace in 10 months, with 2015 marking the strongest year for this segment of the housing market since 2008.

Arkansas Child Welfare Director Announces Resignation

by Associated Press 1/27/2016 11:08 am

The director of Arkansas' overburdened child welfare system says she's stepping down in March after seven years in the post.

Nexstar to Buy Media General for $4.6B as Meredith Bows Out

by Associated Press 1/27/2016 11:05 am

Nexstar said Wednesday that it is buying rival TV station operator Media General after Meredith agreed to allow Media General to get out of a takeover bid for Meredith.