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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

Monticello Fights Back in $10M Water Project Case

The city of Monticello filed its counterclaim on Friday against the Illinois contractor hired for a $10 million water project. read more >

UAMS Eyes Expansion, Sees Increase in Patient Demand

The Affordable Care Act as applied in Arkansas has worked so well for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences that administrators are considering expanding the 10-story UAMS Medical Center. read more >

Epoch Men's Clinic Expanding in Arkansas

Although Epoch Health touts that it can treat symptoms related to low testosterone in men, it maintains it's nothing like the low-T retail outlets that are gaining scrutiny from some members of the medical community. read more >

Dillard Not Too Concerned About Last Week's Stock Performance

William Dillard II, CEO of Dillard's Inc., downplayed last week's 11 percent tumble at the Little Rock retailer's brief annual shareholders' meeting on Saturday. read more >

Turner Grain's Bankruptcy Converted to Chapter 7 Liquidation

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Phyllis M. Jones approved a request Thursday to convert Turner Grain Merchandising Inc.'s bankruptcy case from reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation. read more >

J.B. Hunt Files Noncompete Lawsuits

J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. recently filed two lawsuits against former employees who allegedly violated their noncompete agreement by going to work for other trucking companies. read more >

West Memphis Moves Forward with $10.9M Rail Project

The city of West Memphis hopes to get the final approval by the end of this month to start work on a $10.9 million project to expand railroad infrastructure to service the city's port. read more >

$10M Monticello Water Project Lands in Court

An attorney for the city of Monticello was shocked to learn that an Illinois contractor hired for a $10 million water project sued the city on April 21, the very day the two parties were in mediation. The origins of the dispute date back to 2011, when Siemens Industry Inc. of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, began looking at the water system in the city of about 10,000 people. read more >

QualChoice Working to Add HMO Plan

The Arkansas Insurance Department recently awarded QualChoice Advantage Inc. a certificate of authority to operate a new health maintenance organization in Arkansas. read more >

Arkansas Northeastern College of Blytheville Starts $13M Construction Project

The center will be about 85,000 SF and combine three of the school's existing centers: the Harry L. Crisp Center, the Burdette Center and the Aircraft & Metals Engineering Center. The Crisp Center is for customized industrial training, which provides training for companies. Some of the training is for college credit and some isn't, Shemwell said. read more >