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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

Hospitals, Medical Society At Odds Over New Legislation

The Arkansas Medical Society and the Arkansas Hospital Association don't see eye-to-eye on new legislation that deals with physician peer reviews. Last month, Baptist Health of Little Rock, Mercy Health System of Chesterfield, Missouri, which operates six hospitals in Arkansas, and Washington Regional Medical Center of Fayetteville filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court challenging the constitutionality of the Peer Review Fairness Act of 2013. read more >

Arkansas Law Grads Still Finding Tight Market

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Bowen School of Law said it is reducing its enrollment for the fall because of the tight job market for new attorneys. read more >

Wal-Mart Bribery Case Creeps Along in Court

A U.S. District Court judge in Arkansas ruled last month that a lawsuit filed in 2012 against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its directors over allegations of bribery in Mexico can move forward. read more >

OJ's, Razorclean Kick Up Dirt After Losing Bid Leads to Lawsuits

Losing a bid in February to clean the headquarters of the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department to Madre Hill's Razorclean Maids spurred O.J.'s Service Two owner Charles Hinson to launch his own investigation into his cleaning rival. read more >

Waiting Room: Medicare Appeals Tie Up Hospitals' Millions

Adding to hospital frustration is the way that the RACs, which are private companies, are paid: They have a financial incentive to deny as many claims as possible because they receive up to 12.5 percent of the money recovered. read more >

Fort Smith Osteopathic School Picks Architect

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education of Fort Smith recently named Risley & Associates of Fort Smith as the lead architect to build the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, a job estimated at $75 million. read more >

Dental Examiners Board Asks Court To Toss Ben Burris Lawsuit

The Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners recently asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by orthodontist Dr. Ben Burris of Fort Smith. read more >

CHI St. Vincent Lays Off 91 in Arkansas

Catholic Health Initiatives of Englewood, Colo., and its affiliate, St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock, says it will lay off 91 employees from its operations in Arkansas. Seventy-four employees will be laid off from its hospital in Hot Springs, 14 total in its hospitals in Little Rock and North Little Rock and three from its Morrilton location, Peter Banko, president and CEO, told Arkansas Business Thursday afternoon. read more >

Investment Club Scores Gains, Has Fun

Friends pool ideas in investment club Junto Investments, see 39 percent return on its investments in 2013. Starting with $4,000, Junto Investments has grown its value to about $75,000. read more >

Barber Attorney Vaughn Knight's Case Remains in Limbo as Conner Eldridge Considers Next Move

Conner Eldridge, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, said last week that he's still deciding what to do with the case of K. Vaughn Knight, the attorney for former northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber. read more >