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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

Will Jet.com Boost Wal-Mart's E-commerce?

Retail watchers have mixed feelings about whether Wal-Mart Stores' $3.3 billion purchase of Jet.com of Hoboken, New Jersey, will be the spark the Bentonville retailer needs to boost its online sales. read more >

New $25M Baptist Memorial Hospital In West Memphis To Open in 2018

Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis expects its approximately $25 million hospital in Crittenden County to open sometime in the first half of 2018. read more >

Marijuana Rx May Put Guns Out of Reach

Even if Arkansas voters approve the use of medical marijuana in November, the drug still will be considered an illegal controlled substance by the federal government. And that could cause legal problems for users and sellers of marijuana, according to law professors. read more >

Defense Attorneys Appeal Ruling in Class-Action Case

Three defense attorneys last week followed the path of the plaintiffs' attorneys and filed notice that they will appeal Chief U.S. District Court Judge P.K. Holmes III's finding that they abused the court system in a controversial class-action case. read more >

Harrison Hospital Fights Assessor's Tax Ruling

North Arkansas Medical Services Inc. of Harrison has appealed the Boone County assessor's decision not to grant tax-exempt status for one of its medical clinics. read more >

MedExpress Opens In Pine Bluff

The urgent care chain MedExpress of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, is continuing its march across the state with its 15th location opening in Pine Bluff on Wednesday. read more >

Issue 3: A Job-Luring Amendment, or Corporate Welfare?

If Arkansas voters approve an amendment to the state Constitution in November, supporters say it will help bring more companies and jobs to the state. Opponents say it's corporate welfare. read more >

NFL's Darren McFadden Learns Lesson From Financial Fumble

In June, Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden filed a lawsuit accusing his former family friend and financial adviser, Michael Vick of Pulaski County, of “gross incompetence, self-dealing and outright theft” of more than $15 million. read more >

Investment Fraud: Anyone Can Be a Victim

A recent study found that, between 2005 and 2015, about 7 percent of financial advisers had a record of misconduct. read more >

John Stacks Sees Charges Dismissed

The five-year battle between the federal government and John Stacks ended July 20 when the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas dismissed an indictment against the former owner of Mountain Pure LLC. read more >