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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

City of Hoxie Deals With Sewer Issues

Hoxie officials fear the city might have to replace more sections of an inferior sewer pipe that was installed more than 25 years ago. read more >

High Cost of New Drugs Weighs on Medicaid

A U.S. District Court case highlights concerns over the high costs of specialty drugs such as Kalydeco, which treats some cystic fibrosis patients at an approximate annual cost of $300,000. read more >

Pharmacy Firm RxResults Adding Jobs

RxResults, a pharmacy risk management company that is partly owned by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, said it plans to add between 20 and 30 jobs in the next 21 months, according to a UAMS news release. Founded in 2008, RxResults was created to help lower drug costs for employers and their workers while making sure they receive the best medicines available. read more >

Arkansas Children's Hospital Planning for Future

Dr. Robert Steele, Arkansas Children's Hospital's senior vice president and chief strategy officer, is orchestrating a group of 120 of the hospital's leaders in a massive strategic planning session that kicked off last month. read more >

Josh Bishop Estate Sues Chubby Cheeks Over Beating Death

The death earlier this year of a 28-year-old who allegedly stole a bottle of wine from a Texarkana liquor store could serve as a cautionary tale for business owners and employees. read more >

Jay Bradford Worries Lloyd's Challenge Could Create Crisis

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says Lloyd's of London underwriters are approved to sell insurance in Arkansas. But a lawsuit filed last year keeps moving forward, and Bradford says he's worried that it could create a crisis in the Arkansas insurance market. read more >

Judge Dismisses Ben Burris Lawsuit Over Dental Practices Act

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller has dismissed a lawsuit against the Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners by orthodontists Dr. Ben Burris of Fort Smith and Elizabeth Gohl of Fayetteville. The judge said the matter belongs in state court. Burris filed the suit in May. read more >

Apple Pay, CurrentC Shake Up the Checkout

The battle over mobile payment platforms is heating up. On one side is Apple Pay, which launched Oct. 20 and encourages users to pay for merchandise with Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Its rival is the payment system backed by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and about 50 other retailers: CurrentC, created by a joint venture called MCX, the Merchant Customer Exchange of Boston. read more >

Turner Grain Merchandising Files $25M Bankruptcy

Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, listing $24.8 million in debts and $13.8 million in assets — the same amounts listed in a draft of the bankruptcy filed Oct. 14. Turner's filing lists $23.8 million of creditors holding unsecured claims. read more >

Turner Grain Collapse Prompts Legislation

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is working on legislation to prevent companies like Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley from suffering similar collapses that cost farmers millions of dollars. read more >