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Arkansas Casinos Coming, But Some Details Remain Unclear

Arkansas Casinos Coming, But Some Details Remain Unclear
An architect's renditions of the proposed Quapaw-run casino for Pine Bluff, tentatively named Saracen Casino Resort, after a historic Quapaw Tribe chief. Issue 4, approved by Arkansans, will allow casinos in four counties.

Arkansas voters approved an amendment to the state's constitution allowing licenses for four casinos: two existing gambling facilities and two others that will be built. Now questions remain about where and when gambling will happen, and about how much revenue the casinos will generate.
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Courtney Goodson Calls Election A Win Over Outside Spending

An Arkansas Supreme Court justice who won re-election after conservative groups spent nearly $2.5 million trying to unseat her called the result a victory over outside groups trying to reshape state courts across the country.
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Frank Scott, Baker Kurrus in Runoff for Little Rock Mayor

Frank Scott Jr. and Baker Kurrus emerged from a historic scrum on Wednesday, setting their sites on a Dec. 4 decider.
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Today's Power Looking Forward to a Sunny 2019 This article is available only in print.

Today's Power Inc., the Little Rock company specializing in building small utility-scale solar power generation projects for the state's electric distribution co-ops, has six noteworthy projects on the books for 2019. read more >

Conway Hospital Rivalry Goes Before Lawmakers This article is available only in print.

State lawmakers are scheduled to resume their inquiry into the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' contract to provide emergency room and orthopedic services at Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway. read more >

Construction of Third Maumelle Interchange Set to Begin on I-40

The Arkansas Department of Transportation has scheduled a ceremonial groundbreaking on Monday, Dec. 10, to mark the beginning of construction on the new Maumelle interchange on Interstate 40 in Pulaski County. read more >

Conway's Central Landing Finally Gets Its Liftoff This article is available only in print.

Construction project on old municipal airport land in Conway includes $70 million, 339-unit Fountaine Bleau at Central Landing. read more >

Construction Spending Slips Slightly in October

Construction spending in the United States fell 0.1 percent in October compared with September, its third straight monthly decline, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Spending reached a peak of $1.32 trillion in May. read more >

St. Louis Fed: Construction, Real Estate Indicators Mixed

Economic conditions have improved slightly this fall in the Federal Reserve's 8th District, which includes Arkansas, according to the periodical Beige Book released in November. read more >

Ready for the Minimum Wage Hike? (Trey Cooper Commentary)

Becoming more efficient may be helpful to employers in absorbing the initial shock of the increased minimum wage. read more >

A Surrender of Oversight (Editorial)

The story about the mental health services provider that ripped off both taxpayers and the mentally ill reveals what happens when bureaucrats and lawmakers surrender their oversight duties to highly conflicted parties. read more >

Jerome Powell: Fed Concerned About Rural Poverty

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the U.S. economy overall is strong but many rural areas are falling farther behind. read more >

Program Restores Grants For Inmates Pursuing Degrees

A federal program, whose Arkansas participants include Shorter College in Little Rock and Arkansas State University-Newport, provides need-based Pell Grants to state and federal prisoners through college partnerships. read more >

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