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Leslie Rutledge Asks for Oral Arguments Over LGBT Protections

by Associated Press 9/16/2016 10:11 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the state's highest court to hold oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging a city ordinance that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender orientation.

New Owners Plan Renovations to Fayetteville's EJ Ball Building

by Alexis Hosticka 9/16/2016 10:04 am

Specialized Real Estate Group of Fayetteville and Moses Tucker Real Estate of Little Rock has purchased the E.J. Ball Building in Fayetteville and plans renovations.

Ex-Hope Hospital Officials Plead Guilty to Federal Charges

by Associated Press 9/16/2016 07:27 am

Two former officials at Hope Medical Park Hospital have pleaded guilty to federal charges of failing to pay more than $6 million in payroll taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

Pro-Casino Group in Arkansas Outraises Opponents in August

by Associated Press 9/16/2016 07:25 am

An Oklahoma-based tribe has given $400,000 to a group working to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties. Cherokee Nation Businesses, based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, gave $1 million to the effort in June.

Arkansas' 2 Racetracks Give $109,500 to Anti-Casino Group

by Associated Press 9/15/2016 02:45 pm

Operators of Arkansas' two racetracks gave more than $100,000 last month to a committee fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize casinos in three counties.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2016 01:11 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announces appointments to the state Supreme Court, boards and commissions.

US Retail Sales Slump 0.3 Percent, Ending 4 Months of Gains

by Associated Press 9/15/2016 11:49 am

U.S. shoppers retreated in August, cutting back their spending at auto dealers, furnishers and building material stores to depress overall retail sales after four straight monthly gains.

Legislative Committee Endorses Arkansas Insurance Marketplace Fee

by Associated Press 9/15/2016 11:47 am

Arkansas lawmakers have endorsed an agency's plan to collect a 3 percent fee on plans offered through the state's health insurance exchange.

Structural Work, Other Items Add $360K to Tech Park Cost

by Sarah Campbell 9/15/2016 10:19 am

Renovations to the future home of the Little Rock Tech Park could cost nearly $360,000 more than expected and its opening may be delayed, the park's director says.

Walmart Canada to Extend Visa Ban to More Stores

by Ismail Shakil and Ethan Lou, Reuters 9/15/2016 07:22 am

Walmart Canada will stop accepting Visa Inc. cards at its 16 stores in the province of Manitoba starting on Oct. 24, a spokesman said on Wednesday, raising the stakes in a high-profile fee dispute.

WattGlass of Fayetteville Gets $679K SunShot Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/14/2016 02:07 pm

WattGlass of Fayetteville gets a $679,413 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to help commercialize its anti-reflective glass coating technology.

UALR, eStem Break Ground on $11.4M High School

by Sarah Campbell 9/14/2016 11:45 am

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and eStem Public Schools breaks ground on eStem's new $11.4 million high school. The new campus is set to open in time for the 2017-18 school year.

Group Says Lawsuit Measure Signatures Incorrectly Tossed

by Associated Press 9/14/2016 11:37 am

The group behind a proposal being challenged before the Arkansas Supreme Court to put limits on damages awarded in medical lawsuits claims state election officials incorrectly tossed out some of the signatures that were submitted for the ballot measure.

University of Arkansas Reports Record Enrollment of 27,194

by Associated Press 9/14/2016 11:25 am

Student enrollment for the fall semester at the University of Arkansas is at a record 27,194. The university said the number includes 4,967 freshman and 4,275 graduate students.

Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame Announces Second Class of Inductees

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/14/2016 10:53 am

The Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame announces its 2016 class of inductees. The second-ever class, including two posthumous inductees, will be honored at a banquet on Oct. 27 at the University of Central Arkansas.

Innovation Hub Announces Kickoff of Inaugural I-Fund Program

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/14/2016 09:52 am

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub of North Little Rock says eight teams representing five universities kicked off the inaugural 12-week I-Fund program in Fayetteville over the weekend.

Inside the Legal Challenges to Arkansas' Medical Marijuana Proposals (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 9/14/2016 08:45 am

Erika Gee takes a closer look at issues identified by three legal challenges to Arkansas' two medical marijuana proposals and what to expect as the court considers them.

LRSD Superintendent Wants Local Control to Return Next Year

by Sarah Campbell 9/13/2016 04:52 pm

The Little Rock School District is working to regain local control by July, Superintendent Mike Poore tells the Rotary Club of Little Rock.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Touts $604M in Scholarships

by Sarah Campbell 9/13/2016 04:35 pm

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will soon celebrate its seventh anniversary and has awarded more than $604 million in scholarships.

Mark Martin: Arkansas Panel Can't Reject Ten Commandments Display

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/13/2016 04:15 pm

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin said Tuesday a state panel doesn't have the authority to reject placing a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol, while three other proposed displays would still need legislative approval.