Today's News

Wage Proposal Could Have Coattails (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2014 04:23 pm

Supporters of a minimum wage increase in Arkansas say they're hoping to win support from politicians on both sides of the aisle. But with two of their top candidates supporting the proposal, Democrats clearly hope the issue has coattails.

Arkansas Desegregation Case Inches Closer to Resolution

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 04:35 pm

Arkansas' long-running desegregation lawsuit inched closer to a resolution Friday when a federal judge said he was satisfied with a rural school district's plan to provide college scholarships for more students.

Trial Delayed for Former Ouachita County Judge

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 02:33 pm

A federal judge has delayed the trial of a former Ouachita County judge accused of awarding a disaster-relief contract in exchange for a campaign contribution.

Judge: Magnet School Panel to Dissolve

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 11:49 am

A federal judge says a panel that reviews magnet school programs for three central Arkansas school districts involved in a long-running desegregation battle will cease to exist this summer.

Lawrence Hamilton, Native Arkansan and Broadway Star, Has Died

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/4/2014 11:35 am

Broadway star and musician Lawrence Hamilton died Thursday. He was 59. According to friends and Hamilton's Facebook page, the Foreman (Little River County) native died during heart surgery.

NY Post Reports Alice Walton Might Be Buyer of $70M Penthouse

by Mark Friedman 4/4/2014 11:06 am

The NY Post reported Thursday that Alice Walton, the daughter of Sam Walton and founder of Bentonville's Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is rumored to be the mystery buyer of the $70 million, "Jewel of Fifth Avenue," the most expensive co-op in New York's history.

UPDATE: Canadian Firm Buys Two Arkansas Lumber Companies

by Jan Cottingham 4/4/2014 10:55 am

Canadian firm West Fraser Timber has bought two Arkansas sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations: Travis Lumber Co. of Mansfield and Bibler Brothers Lumber of Russellville.

Murphy Oil Considers Closing UK Refinery

by Luke Jones 4/4/2014 10:52 am

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado has announced that it was "entering into a period of consultation" regarding the future of its crude oil refinery in Milford Haven, Wales, implying that the refinery may cease operation following the failure of Murphy to sell it.

Dave Elswick, Bob Steel, Jack Heinritz All Out at KARN

by Gwen Moritz 4/4/2014 10:51 am

On-air personalities Dave Elswick and Bob Steel and News Director Jack Heinritz were terminated Thursday by KARN-FM/AM, 102.9/920, the Little Rock talk-radio station. The shakeup was apparently ordered by corporate owner Cumulus Media of Atlanta.

Video: High School Startup Weekend Kicks Off in LR

by Mark Carter 4/4/2014 09:04 am

The first-ever High School Startup Weekend will be held Friday through Sunday from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

US Employers Add 192k Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.7 Percent

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 08:50 am

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.

Arvest Bank Files to Turn Over $552K In Dennis Smiley Money

by Lance Turner 4/3/2014 03:27 pm

Arvest Bank tells the Benton County Circuit Court that it's holding nearly $552,000 in stock option proceeds and stock plan checks to H. Dennis Smiley Jr., a former bank executive who's under a federal criminal investigation for bank fraud.

Arkansas State Names Shane Hunt Business College Dean

by Lee Hogan 4/3/2014 03:15 pm

Shane Hunt, an associate professor of marketing at Arkansas State University, was named dean of the university's College of Business on Thursday.

Douglas Companies in Conway Buys Missouri Convenience Store Distributor

by Lee Hogan 4/3/2014 02:00 pm

Douglas Companies acquires Tri-Com, Inc., known as Convenience Store Services. The purchase agreement, signed Monday, means Douglas will now serve more than 800 accounts in six states.

Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Taxing Medical Records Copies

by Associated Press 4/3/2014 11:51 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the collection of state sales taxes for copies of a patient's medical records.

UAMS Gets $2M in Donations, Grants for Northwest Campus Programs

by Lance Turner 4/3/2014 11:32 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences marked $2 million in donations and economic development grants to fund program at its campus in Fayetteville.

Petition Questions Judge Tim Fox's Candidacy

by Lee Hogan 4/3/2014 10:37 am

A petition filed Wednesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court questions Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's candidacy. The petition cites a suspension of Fox's law license in 2013 for failure to pay annual dues.

Author Charles Portis to be Honored in Little Rock

by Associated Press 4/3/2014 10:17 am

"True Grit" author Charles Portis is being honored at a ceremony at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion.

New Charges Filed Against Andrew T. Melton

by Gwen Moritz 4/2/2014 07:52 pm

The former CFO of ThermoEnergy Corp., who was indicted on 12 counts of mail fraud more than a year ago, was charged Wednesday with five additional counts of employment tax fraud.

Doctors Robert, Angela Barrow Indicted on Health Care Fraud

by Mark Friedman 4/2/2014 07:01 pm

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted the Little Rock physicians on charges defrauding public and private insurers out of more than $1.2 million.