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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

Contractor Says Jonesboro Hotel & Convention Center Owes $1.5M

The troubled Jonesboro Hyatt Place Hotel & Convention Center hasn't made any payments to the general contractor and now owes $1.5 million to subcontractors and a supplier, according to court filings. read more >

Even in Bankruptcy, College Debt Stands

Generally, student loans aren't discharged in bankruptcy, leaving borrowers with the debt after they've gone through the process. That could be a problem for the growing number of borrowers. read more >

Fort Smith Osteopathic School Prepares for August Opening

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education in Fort Smith receives a key approval from the American Osteopathic Association Commission, which paves the way for the school to open in August. read more >

Jonesboro Hotel Liens Raise Early ‘Red Flags'

The $30 million Jonesboro Hyatt Place Hotel & Convention Center is facing contractors' liens totaling nearly $900,000 and might not open next spring as planned. read more >

ASU Convention Center Project Also Delayed

The other convention center being developed in Jonesboro hasn't broken ground, but it is on schedule to open on the Arkansas State University campus before the start of the fall 2018 semester. read more >

Suit Challenges Air Ambulance Patient Bills

James W. Ferrell of Drew County was shocked to receive a $29,000 bill from an air ambulance operator for his 41-mile trip to a hospital in late 2015. read more >

Ryan Gibson Foundation Gives $500K to the Arkansas Children's Research Institute

The Ryan Gibson Foundation of Dallas awarded on Friday $500,000 for cancer research in the new precision medicine program at Arkansas Children's Research Institute. read more >

Grief, Pain and the Fall of Turner Grain

With his father's death in late 2013 and stress contributing to his losing some 60 pounds in 30 days, Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. co-owner Jason Coleman said he was in no condition to run his company in the months leading to its collapse in August 2014. read more >

Supreme Court Justices' Data Offers a Peek Beyond Pay

The seven justices who sit on the Arkansas Supreme Court have a wide range of business investments, from property to tower rent for a radio station. read more >

Dillard Family's Pay Rose in 2016

Dillard family members who work at Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock saw their total compensation packages rise in 2016. read more >

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