Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Unemployment Drops to 3.4%, A Record Low

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/16/2019 10:55 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped by one-tenth of a percentage point in July, to 3.4% from 3.5% in June.

Bryan Scoggins to Lead Arkansas Development Finance Authority

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/15/2019 02:23 pm

Bryan Scoggins has been named president of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, effective immediately.

US Retail Sales Up Solidly In Sign of Consumer Optimism

by Associated Press 8/15/2019 09:05 am

Americans spent more at retail stores and restaurants in July, a sign that concerns over weakening economic growth and a persistent trade war that have roiled financial markets have yet to dampen consumer confidence.

Group Sues Over Rejection of Eye Law Referendum Effort

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/14/2019 11:41 am

Opponents of a new Arkansas law that expands the procedures optometrists can perform are suing the state for rejecting an effort to hold a referendum on the measure next year.

Trump Administration Takes Step to Relax Trucker Drive-Time Rules

by Associated Press 8/14/2019 11:32 am

The Trump administration has taken a step closer to relaxing federal regulations governing the amount of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, winning praise from the trucking industry and drawing scorn from highway safety advocates.

In Jacksonville, A New Cornerstone for Education, Economic Development

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 8/14/2019 11:29 am

The $74 million, 338,000-SF Jacksonville High School that opened welcoming 1,100 students gives an obvious boost to the city's education sector. But economic developers also see it as key to growing business there.

Roach Conveyors Adds Caraway Plant As City Seeks Growth

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 8/14/2019 10:02 am

The new Roach Conveyors plant in Caraway is just one of a few projects to grace the small northeast Arkansas community recently.

UAMS Researcher Gets $1.2M Grant For DNA Research

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/14/2019 09:34 am

Robert Eoff, Ph.D., has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his work at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on DNA damage, cell replication and its implications for diseases like dementia, ALS and cancer.

8th Cannabis Dispensary to Open Thursday; Total Sales Top $5.2M

by Kyle Massey 8/13/2019 04:33 pm

Arkansas' eighth medical marijuana dispensary, The Source, will open at 8 a.m. Thursday in Bentonville. It will be the second cannabis outlet in a little over a week to start selling in the city.

China's Xi Gets Tougher on Trump After New Tariff Threat

by Associated Press 8/13/2019 10:16 am

Facing another U.S. tariff hike, Chinese President Xi Jinping is getting tougher with Washington instead of backing down.

Governor Announces Appointments to Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/13/2019 09:30 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced appointments to the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence.

UAMS Awarded $763K for Mass Spectrometer

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/13/2019 09:21 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has been awarded a $763,971 National Institutes of Health grant that will fund the purchase of biomedical research equipment with new capabilities unavailable elsewhere in the state.

States Brace for Long-term Flood Fight as Damages Mount

by David A. Leib, The Associated Press 8/12/2019 07:00 am

States' efforts to fight future floods may turn out to be only a down payment on a long-term battle against floods, which are forecast to become more frequent and destructive as global temperatures rise.

Livestock Companies Tie for Biggest SBA Loans of FY18

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/12/2019 12:00 am

While the average SBA loan in Arkansas last year was just shy of $600,000, the smallest was only $5,800.

That's Just Wrong (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/12/2019 12:00 am

Rivendell's hiring of a nurse still on professional probation for a drug problem to work with drug addicts, and then protecting him to the point of destroying evidence feels like a systemic problem.

Connection Equals Power (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/12/2019 12:00 am

High-speed broadband has become almost as essential to civilized living as electricity or safe drinking water, products provided for the most part by public utilities, products that, with occasional exceptions, are provided relatively cheaply and reliably.

Texarkana Says Own Sales Tax Fails Constitutional Test

by Mark Friedman 8/12/2019 12:00 am

Texarkana, Arkansas, is in an awkward position: arguing that its own tax is unconstitutional.

Airport Upgrades of $41M En Route to Texarkana Regional

by George Waldon 8/12/2019 12:00 am

No shovels have turned dirt yet at the Texarkana Regional Airport, but that should change in a big way during the next 60 days. Highlighted by a two-story, 37,000-SF terminal, construction activity is expected to be the new normal for months to come.

Texarkana Ready for Interstate 49 Gap to Close

by Marty Cook 8/12/2019 12:00 am

Texarkana officials agree that if and when the long-planned extension of Interstate 49 from Texarkana to Fort Smith is completed, it will be a boon for the economic development.

Unemployment Rates Trend Lower in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/12/2019 12:00 am

The unemployment rates in most of Arkansas' metro areas continued to move downward or stay stable in June, with Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Little Rock and Texarkana seeing declines.