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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

Baxter Regional's Fight Over Medicare Appeals Continues in Appeals Court

Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home is one of several hospitals appealing a federal court's decision denying their request to speed up Medicare claim appeals by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. read more >

Construction in Batesville Jumped to $49.2M in 2014

A $22 million community center the city of Batesville started building last year was the biggest construction project for the city in 2014. read more >

Wal-Mart Battles Manhattan Church Concerned About Firearm Sales

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has asked the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to toss out a ruling that would force the retailer to let shareholders vote on a proposal from a Manhattan Episcopal church concerned about firearm sales. read more >

Turner Grain's Dale Bartlett Claims Ignorance in Company's Collapse

As his creditors' claims have grown exponentially, Dale C. Bartlett has sworn in bankruptcy court that he had no idea what caused the collapse last summer of Turner Grain Merchandising of Brinkley, the business he co-owned until a year ago. read more >

Bill Would Regulate Grain Traders

Arkansas legislators are working to get a bill ready that would regulate grain traders, said state Sen. Ronald Caldwell, R-Wynne. read more >

Orthodontist Ben Burris Takes Legal Battle To 8th Circuit

Ben Burris, an orthodontist, wants to provide a teeth-cleaning service to patients, but can't because to do so would be in violation of the Arkansas Dental Practice Act. read more >

Russellville Alderwoman Freddie Harris Questions Development Funds

Since fall, Russellville Alderwoman Freddie Harris has been raising questions about how tax money is being spent at the Arkansas Valley Alliance for Economic Development Inc. read more >

Chambers of Commerce Worried Over Judge's Payment Ruling

A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge's ruling last month that ordered the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock to stop paying chambers of commerce and related entities for economic development programs sent shock waves through chamber offices across the state. read more >

Jonesboro School Files for Bankruptcy, Lists $2.1M in Debts

Ridgefield Christian School Inc., a private Jonesboro school that serves children from pre-K though the 12th grade, last month filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, listing $2.1 million in debts. read more >

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Names Max Greenwood Director of Governmental, Media Relations

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield named on Friday Max Greenwood its director of governmental and media relations. read more >