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Arkansas' Private Option Faces New Pressure in 2014 (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/3/2013 08:37 am

The computer problems that have frustrated many Americans trying to sign up for insurance under the federal health care could threaten Arkansas' compromise plan to expand insurance coverage.

South Coast Baking Co. to Open Springdale Facility, Employ 150

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/23/2013 11:18 am

South Coast Baking Co. of Irvine, Calif., says it will open a manufacturing and warehouse facility in Springdale and employ 150 in three years.

Advanced Cabling Systems to Build New Facility, Add 25 Jobs

by Mark Carter 10/22/2013 11:11 am

Advanced Cabling Systems breaks ground on a 6,100-SF facility next to its company headquarters in the NorthShore Business Park in Little Rock.

Quick Legislative Session Sets Stage for Future Fights (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/20/2013 09:24 am

It took a little more than 33 hours for Arkansas lawmakers to breeze through a marathon special session called to address rising teacher health insurance rates. But the ongoing fights from the session may linger for years.

Arkansas Panel Backs Retaining Property Tax Money

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/18/2013 08:29 am

A proposal to allow Arkansas to retain excess property tax revenue from a handful of school districts won the backing of a Senate committee Thursday, but faced opposition from the top Republican in the House and superintendents from the districts.

Gov. Mike Beebe Calls Special Session to Deal With Rising Teacher Insurance

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/16/2013 04:24 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe calls lawmakers back to the Capitol this week to approve a plan to increase funding to the state's teacher insurance program to lower premium hikes that are set to take effect next year.

Arkansas Expects Furloughs to Rise, Number Unclear

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/12/2013 09:34 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and state finance officials said Friday they expected the number of state employees furloughed because of the federal government shutdown to rise drastically next week. But the exact figure was a moving target throughout the day.

Arkansas Lawmakers Consider Plans to Shore Up Teacher Insurance

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/11/2013 03:59 pm

Teacher insurance premiums would increase by only 10 percent by the state tapping $43 million of surplus money this year and redirecting existing state funds in subsequent years under a plan distributed to the House and Senate on Friday.

Mike Beebe: No More State Money for Federal Programs

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/10/2013 07:24 am

Arkansas no longer has the resources to cover programs affected by the federal government shutdown and could be forced to furlough more than 4,000 state employees if it continues into next week, state budget officials said Wednesday.

Arkansas Tries to Find Balance on Health Law (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/6/2013 09:34 am

If anyone was unsure just how difficult of a balance Arkansas faces in trying to implement the federal health care overhaul, the rollout over the past week made it clear. After two elections and two legislative sessions that have been overshadowed by the 2010 law, the state is facing an identity crisis on how to move forward with it.

Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh Teacher Insurance Options

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/4/2013 03:28 pm

A hike in Arkansas teacher insurance rates could be lowered, but not eliminated, through a combination of increased funding from the state and school districts and lower-than-planned premium increases, according to a memo distributed to lawmakers Friday.

Arkansas Says Furlough Numbers Not as Bad as Expected

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/3/2013 07:19 am

Arkansas budget officials said Wednesday the number of state employees off work because of the federal budget impasse was at 685 - down by one-third as agencies found financial resources that kept workers on the job despite a partial shutdown of the federal government.

DHS: 55K People in Arkansas Want to Sign Up for Coverage Under Private Option

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/2/2013 12:44 pm

The state Department of Human Services says more than 55,000 low-income Arkansans have said they want to sign up for coverage under a recently approved plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance.

Arkansas: Nearly 1,000 Workers Furloughed In Shutdown

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/2/2013 07:16 am

Arkansas agencies furloughed nearly 1,000 employees Tuesday after Congress failed to adopt a spending plan for a new fiscal year, resulting in a partial shutdown of the federal government, and state budget officials warned that the number of workers temporarily off the job could rise if the shutdown continues.

Vivione Biosciences In Position for a Big Year

by Mark Carter 10/1/2013 09:41 am

It's been a good year for Vivione Biosciences of Pine Bluff. This past spring, the RAPID-B technology firm went public and last month, it signed a deal to develop its food-borne pathogen detection kits.

Mike Beebe Makes 63 Board, Commission Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/20/2013 03:45 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe makes 63 appointments to state boards and commissions.

Arkansas GOP Grapples with Health Law Fight (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/18/2013 03:04 pm

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and state House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman won office both vowing to kill the president's signature health care law. Now the two rivals are clashing over who hates the health overhaul more.

Vikon Farms to Invest $5.4M in Arkadelphia Chicken Plant, Employ 172

by Lance Turner 8/12/2013 01:28 pm

Vikon Farms, a poultry processing company based in California, announces plans to locate a new processing facility in Arkadelphia that will employ "more than 172 people within four years."

Here's What We Know About Monday's Jobs Announcement in Arkadelphia

by Lance Turner 8/9/2013 03:58 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe's office has scheduled a "significant job creation announcement" at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Clark County Commerce Park in Arkadelphia. Here's what we know about it.

Mike Beebe Names Nathaniel Smith Chief of Health Department

by Jan Cottingham 8/9/2013 02:43 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe has named Dr. Nathaniel Smith as director of the Arkansas Department of Health and state health officer.