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Mental Health Emerges as Dividing Line in Abortion Rights Initiatives

As advocates push this year for ballot measure initiatives aiming to protect abortion rights, key differences have emerged in the language of proposed measures. Among them is the inclusion of mental health exceptions.

Update: Highway Officials Await Proposed Fixes From I-30 Widening Contractor

The $187.3 million project in Saline County is more than 14 months behind its original scheduled completion date.

Caddo Mountain Spring Water Sues Subcontractor Over Botched Well Project

The lawsuit alleges that Missouri-based Environmental Works Inc. didn’t follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing a sealant, which caused the well to fail.

US Worker Paycheck Growth Slowed Late Last Year, Pointing to Cooling in a Very Strong Job Market

Compensation as measured by the government’s Employment Cost Index rose 0.9% in the October-December quarter, down from a 1.1% increase in the previous quarter.

Joe Biden discusses foreign policy during a presidential campaign speech in New York on Jan. 7, 2020. The president on Sept. 9, 2021 announced sweeping new COVID-19 vaccine requirements, including a mandate for employers with more 100 workers that requires them to be vaccinated or test weekly for the virus.

Some Americans Will Get Their Student Loans Canceled in February as Biden Accelerates New Plan

Republicans in Congress tried unsuccessfully to block the new repayment plan through legislation and a resolution last year.

AI-Powered Misinformation is World’s Biggest Short-Term Threat, Davos Report Says

The authors worry that the boom in generative AI chatbots means that creating sophisticated synthetic content that can be used to manipulate groups of people won’t be limited any longer to those with specialized skills.

Colliers Acquires Gehrki Commercial Real Estate of Hot Springs

The acquisition is Colliers’ second in recent months.

Women & Children First Gets $12M in Grants for New Shelter

The Little Rock nonprofit plans to expand its bed count from 54 to 132 with the new 41,345-SF shelter.

Average Long-Term Mortgage Rates Dip for 9th Straight Week

Some housing economists are forecasting that home sales will increase next year, on the assumption that mortgage rates ease further.

Top Online Stories of 2023: Eatery News, a Lyon College Setback And 27 Marijuana Laws Tossed Out

Readers were hungry for restaurant news on the Arkansas Business website this year.

Entergy Arkansas Pledges $660K to Local Nonprofits

Entergy Arkansas announced that it’s donating $660,000 to six nonprofits as part of its “Entergy Arkansas Bright Futures Campaign” to help build strong communities. Six separate grants in the amount […]

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Dassault Plans $100M Expansion of Little Rock Facility

Aircraft manufacturer Dassault Falcon Jet on Tuesday announced a $100 million expansion of its Little Rock facility, a project expected to create 800 jobs over the next four to five […]

Elopak to Build $70M Packaging Plant at Little Rock Port

Elopak of Norway says it will build its first U.S. production plant in the Port of Little Rock, spending about $70 million and eventually employing more than 100 people.

Envirotech Files Delayed Quarterly Reports, Says Financial Controls Still Lacking

The electric vehicle maker received filing extensions as it worked to correct inaccuracies in previous earnings reports.

Government Transparency Group Releases Proposal to Enshrine Arkansas FOIA

The group, Arkansas Citizens for Transparency, said the proposal would ensure that any further changes to the FOIA would only be approved by voters.

Hank’s Furniture Illegally Fired Worker Over COVID Shot Refusal, Lawsuit Says

The company allegedly denied an employee’s request to be exempt from its vaccine requirement based on her Christian beliefs.

Simmons Sponsors New PGA Event at Pleasant Valley Country Club

The Simmons Bank Championship will be the second playoff of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the final event of the men’s senior professional golf tour.

OSHA Cites Anthony Timberlands After Worker Death

In a statement, the agency blasted the company’s “continued disregard for the safety and well-being of its employees.”

Update: Boyle Building Revival Seen as Spark For Capitol Avenue

The $35 million project is reviving a vacant building at the expense of an occupied one just blocks away. But supporters said they believe it will have a broader impact on the health of downtown, mostly because of its location.

Hanes to Close Factory in Clarksville, Leaving Hundreds Jobless

The closure comes after the publicly traded company announced plans in 2021 to sell its sheer hosiery business in the U.S.