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Judge Rules Martha Shoffner Corruption Conviction Will Stand

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

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

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. read more >

‘Any Willing Provider' Bill Returns, This Time Without Wilson Off to Races

A bill that has occupied lawyers for a full decade might have been a mere blip in the state's long legislative history had Nick Wilson, the powerful and ultimately disgraced state senator from Pocahontas, not been so eager to get to the horse races on one particular day in February 1995. read more >

Death Penalty Still Supported in Arkansas

Later this year New Hampshire is expected to become the seventh state in seven years to abolish capital punishment. But there's no reason to think Arkansas could join the 19 states that have no death penalty. read more >

Former Insurance Chief Julie Benafield Opens Consulting Firm

Julie Benafield recently founded The Benafield Group PLLC after more than 20 years of working for large institutions, from the state of Arkansas to UnitedHealthcare. read more >

Conway Remains a Big Piece of Arkansas Startup Puzzle

The biggest pieces to the Arkansas startup puzzle, of course, are located in the Fayetteville and Little Rock metros, but a growing component to the central Arkansas startup ecosystem can be found in Conway. read more >

Henderson State Gets $342K From Entergy Arkansas For Energy Efficiency

Henderson State University in Arkadelphia has received $342,218 in incentives from Entergy Arkansas Inc. for energy-efficient lighting upgrades. read more >

Government Starts Presenting Case Against Martha Shoffner

Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented starkly different interpretations Wednesday of what it meant that former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner accepted $36,000 from a bond dealer who did a disproportionate amount of business with the state. read more >

Arkansas State Board Approves Partnership for Osteopathic School

The Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees approves a resolution allowing it to partner with the New York Institute of Technology for the development of an osteopathic medical school at the Jonesboro campus. read more >

Arkansas Opens Filing Period for 2014 Election

Vowing to complete a takeover of the state's top offices after recent GOP gains, Republicans running for Arkansas governor and a U.S. Senate seat were among the dozens of candidates who made their bids official as the filing period opened Monday. read more >

Location, Location, Little Rock: Central Hub to the Region's Business

Little Rock is the capital of Arkansas and the global brand of a 12-county region home to more than 1 million people living within a 50-mile radius of downtown. read more >

Rulings Offer Hope For Same-Sex Couples

A Little Rock attorney challenging the Arkansas Constitution's ban on same-sex marriage said the recent string of federal rulings striking down same-sex marriage prohibitions gives him hope that the same will happen in Arkansas. read more >

Arkansas Homebuilders Get Their Way on Energy Code

In the fight between the Arkansas Homebuilders Association and energy auditors over updating the Arkansas Energy Code, the first round went to the homebuilders. read more >

The Haves & Have-Nots (Feedback)

It is most disappointing, as the middle class declines and the gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” widens, that there are still elected officials who believe “it is not the government's role to provide for able-bodied people.” read more >

Update: Martha Shoffner Indicted On 10 Counts of Mail Fraud

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner, already awaiting trial on the bribery and extortion charges that prompted her resignation last year, was indicted Thursday on 10 counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleges that Shoffner used $9,800 in campaign funds from her treasurer re-election campaign for personal expenses, including clothing and cosmetics. read more >

Davy Carter Says He's Open to Private Option Tweaks

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's open to changing the state's compromise Medicaid expansion but remains confident there's enough support among lawmakers to reauthorize the program when the Legislature convenes this month. read more >

Achievement Gap No Surprise to Little Rock Schools Superintendent

A federal judge's observation that more must be done to address an achievement gap between predominantly white and predominantly black schools in Pulaski County wasn't news to the new Little Rock School District superintendent. read more >

History in the Making (Editorial)

U.S. District Judge Price Marshall last week approved a settlement that will end the state of Arkansas' legal obligation to make extra payments to the three school districts in Pulaski County in order to facilitate desegregation. read more >

Paramount Transaction Adds Up to $3.6 Million (Real Deals)

Former Alltel office building in west Little Rock was bought in 1994 for $3.3 million. read more >

Paragould's 'One and Only' Downtown Springs Alive (Main Street Preservation | Winner, 20,000+)

Main Street Paragould, a nonprofit incorporation, aids the growth of Paragould's burgeoning downtown district by assisting investors with opening new businesses, promoting those businesses, acting as a conduit between the local government and private investors, networking with other Main Street programs and even helping put on a zombie parade. read more >