Today's News

Judge Awards $725K, Turns Screw on VA Hospital in Malpractice Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court judge in Little Rock recently found that a surgeon at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Little Rock had botched a surgery and awarded the 75-year-old patient $725,000.

Treasurer Hopefuls Both Pledge No-Gifts Policy

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 10/12/2014 08:09 pm

Though they differ on many issues, the two major-party candidates running for Arkansas treasurer share a common goal — restoring the public's trust in the office after the indictment and subsequent conviction of Martha Shoffner on bribery and extortion charges.

Bill Clinton Tries to Reframe Arkansas Races (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/12/2014 07:46 pm

It's the question Democrats in Arkansas have struggled with over the past two election cycles and are trying to answer as they close in on November: How do you counter the anti-Obama sentiment that's boosted Republicans' ranks and put them on the verge of taking over the state's top offices?

Big River Steel Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit

by Associated Press 10/10/2014 05:00 pm

Attorneys representing Big River Steel are asking a judge to throw out a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the construction of a $1.3 billion mill in northeast Arkansas.

Judge: Signatures OK in Arkansas Minimum Wage Case

by Associated Press 10/10/2014 04:34 pm

A special judge appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court says backers of a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage turned in enough valid signatures for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.

Clinton Papers on Monica Lewinsky, Others Released

by Associated Press 10/10/2014 02:52 pm

The White House strategy to defend President Bill Clinton against the political fallout of his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky is detailed in documents the National Archives released Friday, part of a batch of records that might shed light on painful chapters in Hillary Rodham Clinton's life as she ponders another bid for the presidency.

Interstate 55 Bridge Could Temporarily Close

by Associated Press 10/10/2014 10:51 am

Transportation officials are considering whether to temporarily close the heavily-traveled Interstate 55 bridge connecting Tennessee and Arkansas during construction of a new interchange in Memphis.

KUAR, PBS Look at Minimum Wage Issue in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 10/10/2014 09:32 am

KUAR's Jacob Kauffman had an in-depth look at a minimum wage issue that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot in Arkansas, which aims to raise the state's minimum wage from its current rate, $6.25, to $8.50 by Jan. 1, 2017, in three increments.

Tom Dalton of Innovate Arkansas: Funding for Early Stage Startups Has Increased

by Mark Carter 10/10/2014 09:28 am

Innovate Arkansas director Tom Dalton writes in the INOV8 blog that funding for early stage, tech-based startup ventures in Arkansas has increased dramatically in the past six years.

John Stacks, Mountain Pure Owner, Convicted of Seven Federal Counts

by Gwen Moritz 10/9/2014 06:13 pm

A federal court jury deliberated for most of three days before reporting that it was hung on three additional counts of money laundering.

Mike Huckabee Campaigns for Republicans in Arkansas

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 05:00 pm

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is campaigning for Republicans on his home turf, finding that a political landscape that had been dominated by Democrats since Reconstruction is now a two-party state.

At Arkansas Supreme Court, Arguments For, Against Including Alcohol Measure

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/9/2014 04:48 pm

A lawyer challenging a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize alcohol sales statewide tells Arkansas' highest court that the secretary of state should have opened his office on Independence Day to process petitions and avoid missing a deadline.

Fort Smith Leads the Arkansas Tech Business Index in July

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/9/2014 01:25 pm

Fort Smith remained atop the Arkansas Tech Business Index for the fifth consecutive month, according to data compiled for July.

Stocks Sink Again; Dow Falls Nearly 300 Points

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 11:41 am

Wall Street's roller coaster ride is continuing for a third day Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging nearly 300 points in midday trading.

UA Announces 4 Inductees For Business Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/9/2014 10:30 am

Representing the Class of 2015 inductees into the University of Arkansas Business Hall of Fame are Millie Ward, Al Bell, Stephen L. LaFrance Sr., and Donald E. "Buddy" Wray, the UA said Thursday.

The Pantry Crest Opens Thursday

by Lee Hogan 10/9/2014 10:00 am

The Pantry Crest, the second restaurant from Tomas Böhm, is set to open at 4 p.m. Thursday at 722 N. Palm St. in a 1906 home that has housed a slew of other restaurants including the Laughing Moon Café and the House.

Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout by Blacks, Young

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 08:46 am

States that stiffened their voter identification laws saw drops in election turnout, with disproportionate effect on blacks and younger people, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday.

FTC: AT&T to Pay $105M for Bogus Phone Charges

by Associated Press 10/8/2014 03:50 pm

AT&T wireless customers may want to take a closer look at their old phone bills because they may have money coming back to them.

Mike & Asa, Reloaded (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 10/8/2014 03:03 pm

Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson have been locked in a competitive battle for governor. Personality, particularly the reinvention of Hutchinson, has been an influential factor in the race and may, more than any issue, affect its outcome.

Eric Holder: Ferguson Highlights Need for Collaboration

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/8/2014 01:07 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder says the unrest after a police officer in Missouri fatally shot an unarmed black man in August shows law enforcement can't let tensions with the community go unresolved.