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Jan Cottingham

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Jan Cottingham is from western Arkansas and is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway. She's always wanted to be a journalist and pretty much always has been, with one detour into the nonprofit world: editing Heifer International's magazine and serving as communications liaison for Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai of Kenya.

Cottingham began her career at the Arkansas Democrat and was the last city editor of the Arkansas Gazette. She was also metro editor at the Dallas Morning News. Her Influences? Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Penn Warren.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Arkansas Farmers Say Syngenta Tainted Grain Supply To Promote GMO

At least a dozen Arkansas farmers have joined hundreds of farmers in 19 other states in almost 800 lawsuits against Swiss seed maker Syngenta over genetically modified corn seed, a case that has been widely reported in the media. read more >

Syngenta Corn Case Draws Comparison to Riceland Lawsuit

Three of the lead firms in the Syngenta litigation were involved in the $750 million settlement agreement in 2011 over contamination of the U.S. rice supply by Bayer AG's genetically modified rice. A number of Arkansas rice farmers received damages as part of the settlement. read more >

One Eleven in LR, Chef at The Hive in Bentonville Named James Beard Award Semifinalists

One Eleven at the Capital and Chef Matthew McClure at The Hive have been named semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard Awards. read more >

Verizon Arena Tops List of North Little Rock Mixed Drink Sales

The North Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission shared its latest tallies of restaurant taxes, including those on mixed drinks, and the same 10 were at the top in 2013, though some of the rankings have changed. read more >

Jeremy Hutchinson Amends Alcohol Application Bill

State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Benton, told Arkansas Business early last week that he planned to amend his bill increasing the fee to apply to sell wine, spirits and malt liquor, and, indeed, he has. read more >

Wine, Beer Sales Total $235K at Razorback Stadium

Wine and beer sales at Razorback Stadium during this football season netted the Athletics Department at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville $26,126, according to figures provided by the department. read more >

Museum Store at Crystal Bridges Wins National AIA Honor Award

The retail store at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville has received a 2015 national Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. read more >

Flexibility Key To Cromwell Architects Engineers' 130-Year Survival

After more than 30 years at Cromwell Architects Engineers Inc., CEO Charley Penix has the long view of the firm, on what has allowed it to survive 130 years to become the oldest architecture firm in Arkansas and one of the oldest in the United States. read more >

Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

The mergers and acquisitions spigots were opened wide last year in Arkansas. The number of big deals — those valued at $9 million or more — soared 38 percent, increasing to 101 in 2014 compared with 73 in 2013. read more >

Craft Brewers' Growth Spurs Look at Rules

The explosive growth of the craft brewing industry in Arkansas is causing the brewers themselves and state regulators to re-evaluate the rules governing the sector, a re-evaluation that has the potential to lead to new state laws. read more >