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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

Youth Services Bankruptcy Unveils Theft Case, FBI Probe

The FBI and Arkansas' attorney general are investigating the defunct South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. of Magnolia, according to the nonprofit's recent bankruptcy filing. read more >

Cantrell Drug Hiring in Face of Bankruptcy

Cantrell Drug Co. of North Little Rock said last week that it has hired about 25 people since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in November. read more >

UAMS Vice Chancellor for Campus Operations Retiring

Mark Kenneday notified the administration of his plan to retire on Jan. 22, according to UAMS spokeswoman Leslie Taylor. read more >

As Market Values Fall, Malls Seek Lower Tax Assessments

Two Arkansas malls are challenging their 2017 property assessments, saying they are millions of dollars too high, a move that could become a trend as market values fall for malls and department stores struggling to attract shoppers. read more >

Bentonville Case Reflects Wave of Suits By White Men

A Benton County man who claimed he lost his job because he was male and not Jewish recently lost his case in federal appeals court, but his allegations reflect a growing trend of white men suing employers for discrimination. read more >

UAMS Medical Center CFO Resigns

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center's chief financial officer resigned Friday as UAMS continues to search for ways to slash its projected defici read more >

Mother, Daughter Plead Guilty in Fake Will Crime

A former Camden real estate agent and her 22-year-old daughter have pleaded guilty to federal crimes related to a fake will for a survivor of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion who later died in a car wreck. read more >

Committee Raises Questions of Collusion Between UAMS, Baptist

The Arkansas General Assembly's Joint Performance Review Committee will continuing looking into a contract under which the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences provides physician services to Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway. read more >

Lawsuits Challenge Fairy Tale Founding of Lauren James

A series of now-settled lawsuits, pitting business partner against business partner, suggests a far less happy founding story for women's clothing company Lauren James of Fayetteville. read more >

Federal Crackdown on False Loan Claims Ensnares IberiaBank

When IberiaBank Corp. agreed in December to pay $11.7 million to settle allegations by Arkansas whistleblowers that it filed false claims for mortgage loan guarantees, it became the first lender working in the state to join a lengthy roster of lenders that have settled similar allegations with the U.S. Department of Justice since 2011. read more >