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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

Turner Grain Close to Filing $25M Bankruptcy

Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley appears close to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a court filing made last week by the company's receiver. Turner's draft, filed by receiver Kevin Keech of North Little Rock, lists $24.8 million of creditors holding unsecured claims read more >

Second Lawsuit Names Closed Crittenden Regional Hospital

The ultimately fatal financial troubles at Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis might have started three years ago, according to a federal lawsuit filed last month against the hospital's former directors. read more >

Top College Officials See Sizable Pay Raises

Arkansas Business reviewed the Administrator's Compensation Survey reports filed with the state Department of Higher Education for the 2010 and 2014 fiscal years. In the four-year period, the number of six-figure employees included in the report increased from 460 to 703. read more >

More Baby Boomers' 401(k) Plans Not Financially Ready for Retirement

Baby boomers between 55 and 64 haven't squirreled away that much money for retirement, though some Arkansas money managers say their clients mostly will be financially ready. read more >

Jonesboro Building Bus Transfer Station

The city of Jonesboro is using a $1.1 million federal grant to build an approximately 2,000-SF bus transfer station. The project will house buses for the Jonesboro Economic Transit System, a lobby for customers and administrative offices, said Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin. read more >

EEOC Filing Fewer Discrimination Cases In Arkansas

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed only two lawsuits in the state this calendar year, continuing a recent trend line. In 2011, the EEOC filed six lawsuits in Arkansas' federal courts and three the following year. Last year, the EEOC filed only two lawsuits against companies operating in the state. read more >

Crittenden Regional Hospital's True Financial Status Surprised Directors

Directors of Crittenden Regional Hospital learned on Aug. 19 that its monthly revenue was only $2 million — about half what they had previously been led to believe — while expenses were about $5 million, the CEO of the shuttered hospital revealed in a bankruptcy court filing. read more >

Former Crittenden Regional Employees Sue Over Unpaid Medical Bills

The closing of Crittenden Regional Hospital put about 400 people out of work, and their woes were compounded by the discovery that they were already uninsured. Several employees filed a lawsuit in Crittenden County Circuit Court last month because their medical bills were unpaid even though the hospital withheld health insurance premiums from their paychecks. read more >

Little Rock Hospitals Dominate List of Largest Medical Centers

Arkansas Business' list of the largest hospitals and medical centers was once again dominated by hospitals in Little Rock. UAMS Medical Center remained No. 1 on the list with net patient revenue of $648.7 million for its fiscal year that ended June 30. read more >

Insurance Department Releases Health Insurance Premiums

Arkansans who buy health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2015 should on pay about 2 percent less for premium than they did in 2014. read more >