Northeast Arkansas Archive

Immigration Raids Net 680 Arrests at Mississippi Poultry Plants

by Associated Press 8/8/2019 06:57 am

U.S. immigration officials raided seven Mississippi chicken processing plants Wednesday, arresting 680 mostly Latino workers in the largest workplace sting in at least a decade.

Greenbrier Companies Inc. Announces $16M Expansion, Creation of 35 Jobs

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/7/2019 03:46 pm

The Greenbrier Companies Inc., an international supplier of railcars and marine barges, announced Wednesday that it is investing approximately $16 million in its Marmaduke facility to support future growth.

Governor Announces Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/7/2019 12:02 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced the following appointments.

USDA Launches $1M Effort to Prevent Opioid Abuse in 5 Counties

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/7/2019 10:38 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing nearly $1 million to launch a program aimed at preventing opioid and substance abuse in north central and northeast Arkansas.

Governor Announces $25M Rural Broadband Grant Program

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/6/2019 02:14 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced "Arkansas Rural Connect," a new $25 million grant program within the Arkansas State Broadband Office he established last month.

Newspaper Chain GateHouse Buying Gannett, USA Today Owner

by Associated Press 8/5/2019 02:52 pm

Two of the country's largest newspaper companies — GateHouse Media and Gannett Co. — have agreed to combine in the latest media deal driven by the industry's struggles with a decline in printed editions.

Marijuana Cultivator Rising In Newport Adds Illinois Ally

by Kyle Massey 8/5/2019 12:00 am

Don Parker can tell you chapter and verse about how he'll grow medicinal marijuana at a $9 million, 35,000-SF cultivation facility his company is building in Newport. But ask where he'll get his first plant or seed, and he goes quiet for a beat.

Farm Bureu Honors Farm Families (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/5/2019 12:00 am

Mark and Shay Morgan of Clarksville and Matt and Terrie Shekels of Harrison have been recognized as the top Young Farmers & Ranchers by the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

Zekelman Industries to Build $150M Mill in Blytheville, Hire 75

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/30/2019 03:36 pm

Zekelman Industries announced Tuesday that it will build the world's largest continuous ERW tube mill in Blytheville on property adjacent to its existing Atlas Tube mill, which provides structural support for buildings.

US Business Economists See Slower Growth and Profits Ahead

by Associated Press 7/29/2019 11:09 am

U.S. business economists expect economic growth to slow this year, and a rising proportion of them think corporate sales and profits will decline.

Economist: New Trump Farm Aid May Be Distributed More Fairly

by Associated Press 7/29/2019 06:57 am

The Trump administration's decision to base new handouts to farmers hit by the trade war with China on how many acres they've planted might be a fairer way to distribute the cash than the previous system, an agricultural economist said Friday.

Elaine Massacre Memorial Set for Unveiling

by Gwen Moritz 7/29/2019 12:00 am

A three-day period of killing in the Arkansas Delta a century ago will be commemorated with the Elaine Massacre Memorial, to be dedicated across the street from the Phillips County Courthouse in Helena on Sept. 29.

The Wages of Raising the Bare Minimum

by Kyle Massey 7/29/2019 12:00 am

As the minimum wage for Arkansas is raised, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Hospitality Association fear increasing costs.

'The Business Case for Diversity' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/29/2019 12:00 am

To be blind to color is to be blind to the reason for so much injustice. We have got to talk and we have got to listen.

Reaching Across the Political Divide (Cindy Kyser Commentary)

by Cindy Kyser 7/29/2019 12:00 am

One only needs to spend a few minutes on social media to see that America is becoming a “house divided.” The rancor between liberals and conservatives is at a level that many of us have not previously experienced.

Tosha Moss Named City Collector for Jonesboro (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/29/2019 12:00 am

Tosha Moss has been chosen to succeed Becky Sharp as city collector for the city of Jonesboro.

Two Take Positions at Black River Tech (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/29/2019 12:00 am

Holly Looney and Dana Clay have taken new spots at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

Arkansas Floods Force New Look at Old Levees

by Jan Cottingham 7/22/2019 12:00 am

The historic spring flooding in Arkansas caused at least $100 million in damage. Now comes the re-evaluation of Arkansas' long-neglected levee system, which will surely seek to address at least two big public policy questions: Who should be responsible for the levees? Who should pay for their maintenance?

Infrastructure Tools in Government's Kit (Will Gruber Commentary)

by William A. Gruber 7/22/2019 12:00 am

Here's three outside-the-box options local governments can use to supplement existing funding and increased state spending for highways and roads.

Arkansas Cities, Counties Get Their Day in the Sun

by Kyle Massey 7/22/2019 12:00 am

Arkansas cities, counties and school districts are taking advantage of new financing to save money by going solar.