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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

Majestic Fire Prompts Splash of Hot Springs Development

The fire that destroyed the historic Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs three years ago helped prompt a wave of development in the downtown district. read more >

Weight-Loss Surgery Arrives at Arkansas Heart Hospital

The Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock recently began offering weight-loss surgery as a way to fight heart disease and rising obesity rates in Arkansas. read more >

Change In the Air at Clinton National Airport

Renovations at Clinton National Airport in Little Rock are coming at a time when other airports are starting to look more like shopping malls. read more >

Class-Action Blue Diamond Settlement Challenged in Arkansas

A New York attorney said he is coming to Washington County Circuit Court later this month to challenge a class-action settlement against the makers of Blue Diamond almond products that he said is unfair to class members. read more >

Podiatrist's Purchase of Convention Center Gives Texarkana Officials Cold Feet

A Texas podiatrist with a past that includes a federal conviction wants to buy the troubled Arkansas Convention Center & Holiday Inn out of bankruptcy — and that has some Texarkana officials on the Arkansas side concerned. read more >

Midsouth Bank Accuses Arkansas Convention Center Owner of Fraud

MidSouth Bank of Lafayette, Louisiana, has asked a bankruptcy court judge not to allow Dr. Hiren D. Patel, who owns the Arkansas Convention Center & Holiday Inn in Texarkana, to be allowed to walk away from a $13.3 million debt he owes the bank. read more >

PinPoint Testing Raises $1.2M for Expansion

PinPoint Testing LLC of Little Rock, which offers drug testing and consulting services, recently raised $1.2 million to fuel its growth. read more >

Staying in Searcy Fits Youthful Tastes

Harding students are not only deciding to stay in Searcy after graduating, the millennials are also following the movement of buying and eating locally, which has helped new restaurants. read more >

Punishment for John Goodson Gets New Look on Appeal

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments last week to determine if a sanction will stand against attorney John Goodson of Texarkana and four other lawyers found to have engaged in “forum shopping” in an Arkansas class-action case. read more >

CARTI CEO Jan Burford Retires

Jan Burford, the president and CEO of CARTI for more than 26 years, retired Friday as the cancer treatment organization continues to work through its financial issues. read more >

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