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Building on the Bayou: Wetlands Meld with Homesites at Devoe Bend

Developer and civil engineer Eric Holloway estimates that 1,000 homesites in the area have gone through planning approval by the cities of Maumelle and North Little Rock since White Oak Crossing bridged the bayou and connected with its namesake interstate interchange.

Arkansas’ Biggest Deals in 2023 Total $29B

The No. 1 deal was Nippon Steel’s planned $14.9 billion purchase of U.S. Steel.

$115M Trade Secrets Case Now Favors WalmartLock Icon

A federal judge has ordered a new trial in the trade secrets case against Walmart Inc.

NIL Collectives Boost Student Athlete EarningsLock Icon

While critics worry about the ruination of college sports, advocates say collectives offer a real chance for student-athletes playing college sports to maximize the earnings for their name, image and likeness, something the NCAA began to allow in 2021.

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Saracen Raises Ante: $230M Event Center & Hotel Heads for 2025 DebutLock Icon

Work began in October on the 440,000-SF expansion that will more than triple the size of the casino complex in Pine Bluff. read more >
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Rising Insurance Premiums Hammer State’s Trucking Industry

The American Transportation Research Institute said last year that premiums rose 2.3% in 2021 and 2022; 2023 statistics aren’t official yet, but good news isn’t expected. read more >
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Pope County Judge Ben Cross Makes Case for Cherokee Casino

Cross says CNB will regain its gaming license when the Arkansas Racing Commission opens a new application period this year, and he likes CNB’s business plan. read more >
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Demographic Trends Signal Potential Growth in Medical Cannabis MarketLock Icon

Data from the Arkansas Department of Health offers a glimpse at what could become the expanded medical cannabis market. read more >
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Pleasant Valley Country Club: Watershed Little Rock Land Deal Nears 65th Anniversary

The land sale was considered a showstopper at the time. Prominent businessmen of the day were on both sides of the transaction, which helped shape west Little Rock and produced significant redevelopment ripples elsewhere in the state capital. read more >
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Lowell In-Home Care Company Faces Racketeering Lawsuit for Alleged Workforce MisclassificationLock Icon

The lawsuit accuses Pinnacle In Home Care LLC of misclassifying its workforce to avoid mandatory employer costs that its competitors have to pay.  read more >
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Medical Cannabis: Allies Back a Proposal for GrowthLock Icon

The medical marijuana industry has lined up support from patient advocates who opposed a 2022 recreational vote. read more >
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Opioid Fight: Walmart Wins a Round in Insurance Claim BattleLock Icon

Benton County Circuit Court Judge John R. Scott ordered AIG entities to defend Walmart against opioid lawsuits. read more >
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Tough Sell: Mortgage Lenders Report Another Down Year in 2023

Arvest Bank was again the state’s most prolific lender with nearly $810 million in loans originating in Arkansas in 2023. read more >
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Commercial Real Estate Resilience: Lenders Foresee Falling RatesLock Icon

Bankers argue against the “commercial real estate doom loop” scenario that some experts have predicted. read more >
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Arkansas Bank Commissioner Takes on Dual Role as Securities CommissionerLock Icon

Act 475 of 2023 allows a single commissioner for the State Bank and Securities departments. read more >
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Baptist Health Battles UnitedHealthcare Over Reimbursement RatesLock Icon

Baptist, the state’s largest health care provider, says it and other hospital groups have faced “unprecedented” costs to cover wages, supplies and pharmaceuticals since the pandemic, but has seen stingy reimbursement deals from insurers. read more >
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State Does About-Face On ChinaLock Icon

Arkansas was one of numerous states that took part in a frenzy of activity aimed at bringing over Chinese companies to set up operations. But a new state law makes clear that such investments are now viewed with suspicion. read more >
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LR Firm Accused of Betrayal in $65M BidLock Icon

Almost four years after winning a $65 million contract from the state of Nevada, an appeals court has ordered the Little Rock firm, Protech Solutions Inc., to turn over documents that Chase Global believes will support its claim that it was cheated out of millions of dollars. read more >
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The Year in Executive Q&A: 2023

Welcome to 2024, when Arkansas Business will mark its 40th anniversary serving the business community of this state. read more >
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Arkansas Year in Review: Top 10 Business Stories of 2023Lock Icon

Businesses and consumers in Arkansas and the rest of the country spent 2023 in the shadow of rising interest rates. Businesses dealt with other adversity, including rising insurance rates and a deadly March tornado. Other stories this year were more hopeful. read more >
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Accountable Leadership: Former CFOs Lead Arkansas Companies to New Heights

You didn’t have to be a wizard with numbers to know that Judy McReynolds was stepping into a tough situation when she was named CEO of ArcBest Corp. in late […] read more >
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Little Rock Surgery Centers Fight ABCBS Over COVID-era ReimbursementsLock Icon

The companies said in court filings that they should have been reimbursed for procedures as a hospital instead of at the lower rate of an ambulatory surgical center, as they served as temporary hospitals during COVID. read more >
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Accounting in the Age of AILock Icon

Artificial Intelligence is expected to become a force in accounting, taking over tedious tasks and perhaps reshaping the workforce. read more >
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SQRL Fuel Stations CEO Joseph Blake Smith Faces Over $10M in Legal Claims

Financial disputes associated with old and new business ventures led by Joseph Blake Smith are stacking up in Pulaski County Circuit Court. read more >