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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

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon Gets $19.4M Pay Package

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. President and CEO C. Douglas McMillon saw his total compensation fall 24.2 percent to $19.4 million for the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31 compared with the previous year. read more >

Dental Firm Opening Five Offices Across Arkansas

Aspen Dental of Syracuse, New York, recently opened two dental offices in Arkansas and plans to open three more by September. read more >

Arkansas Hospital Execs' Pay Below Regional Average

A study recently released to the Arkansas Hospital Association shows that compensation for health care executives in Arkansas is almost 10 percent below averages in the region. read more >

Safety Directors Keep Eye On Construction Sites

Contractors, builders and construction executives say accident prevention keeps costs and accidents down at work sites. Having a safety director on a job site could help prevent worker injuries, said Richard Hedgecock, the executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors Arkansas, the state's largest commercial construction trade association. read more >

New Owners Reviving Batesville's Melba Movie Theater

Janelle Shell said the curtain will rise again for the Melba Theater in Batesville. But before the doors open to the historic one-screen theater on the city's Main Street, a long list of repairs has to be made. read more >

Judge Tosses Wal-Mart Bribery Case

A federal judge in Arkansas last month threw out a shareholder lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its directors over allegations of bribery in Mexico. read more >

Craighead County Sees Sales Tax Collections Rise

Craighead County reported a 10.75 percent increase on its 1 percent sales tax receipts during the first three months of 2015 compared with the same period last year. read more >

Baptist Health Names Jamie Carter Administrator for Conway Hospital

Baptist Health of Little Rock on Thursday named Jamie Carter vice president and administrator of Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway, which is expected to open next year. read more >

Arvest Firing Challenged in Bankruptcy Court

An Arkadelphia man says following bankruptcy law was a violation of Arvest's policy on employee debt and cost him his job. read more >

Wal-Mart Sets Off Minimum Wage Race

Wal-Mart Store Inc.'s announcement in February that it would start paying employees $9 an hour this year and $10 in 2016 touched off a minimum wage arms race. read more >

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