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Mark Friedman

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Mark Friedman has been with Arkansas Business since 2000. He also is an event photographer for Little Rock Soirée and occasionally writes columns about his daughter for Little Rock Family.

Friedman, who graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in history, covers health care and major Arkansas companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Bingo Numbers Continue to Slide for Some Nonprofits

In Arkansas, for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 78.8 million bingo “faces” —the individual game cards — were sold. That's more than 25 for every man, woman and child in the state. read more >

Central Arkansas Planners Think I-30 Proposal Costly, Inefficient

The state Highway Department's $450 million plan to widen Interstate 30, a project that includes replacing the Arkansas River Bridge, is generating hand-wringing from area planners. read more >

CHI St. Vincent, Conway Regional Announce Partnership

CHI St. Vincent announced Tuesday that it signed a five-year management agreement with Conway Regional Health System that becomes effective Monday. read more >

State Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr Scrutinized Over 2011 Case

The favorable treatment that Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr received from his predecessor, Jay Bradford, in a 2011 dispute with Farmers Insurance Group has been criticized in court documents by another former insurance commissioner, Mike Pickens. read more >

Fatal Crash Led to Split Between Farmers Insurance, Allen Kerr

For more than 30 years, Allen Kerr was one of Farmers Insurance Group's most productive agents in Arkansas. That changed on Halloween 2011, when Farmers, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, terminated its relationship with Kerr and his Allen W. Kerr Insurance Agency Inc. of Little Rock. read more >

Ameris Faces Hurdles With Crittenden Regional Hospital

It might be as late as March before the Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis will be reopened, according to Ameris Health CEO Robert Bauer. read more >

Arkansas Children's Hospital Announces Plans for Hospital in Springdale

Arkansas Children's Hospital announced Friday that it is building an approximately $100 million children's hospital in Springdale that is projected to be open in early 2018. read more >

Doctors Encourage End-of-Life Talks

By the time most doctors talk to terminally ill patients about end-of-life care, it's already too late. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hopes to change that. On July 8, CMS proposed paying doctors for their time spent talking with Medicare patients about end-of-life planning. read more >

Lesbian Sues Wal-Mart Over Benefits

A lesbian employee of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently filed a civil lawsuit accusing the Bentonville retailer of sex discrimination for denying her spousal health insurance benefits several years ago. read more >

Arkansas Children's Hospital Eyes Northwest Arkansas

Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock said it could release plans next week for providing service in northwest Arkansas. read more >