Today's News

West Group of Little Rock Hires Seal Solutions for Solar Project

by Kyle Massey 12/14/2018 11:52 am

Shopping center owner West Group Real Estate is stepping into the sun with a deal for Seal Energy Solutions to install a solar array and battery storage system to power its offices at 5507 Ranch Drive in Little Rock.

Arkansas Women in Power Honor McCellon-Allen, Retired Swepco CEO

by Kyle Massey 12/14/2018 10:43 am

Venita McCellon-Allen got some recognition for her pioneering days as a rare female utility executive when Arkansas Women in Power named the former Southwestern Electric Power Co. president and CEO as an Arkansas Energy industry trailblazer.

Target, Walmart, Importer Sued Over Lead in Toy Jewelry

by Associated Press 12/14/2018 07:10 am

Two of the nation's largest retailers and a third company are named in a New York lawsuit claiming the companies imported and sold children's toys with lead levels up to 10 times higher than federal limits.

ARA Names Six Researchers To Fellows Program

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/14/2018 06:44 am

Six new Arkansas Research Alliance Fellows were named Thursday during a news conference at the state capitol with Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Criticizes Deal to Idle Entergy Coal Plants

by Kyle Massey 12/13/2018 04:03 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge cast doubt Thursday on a pending legal settlement that would guarantee the shutdown of Entergy Arkansas' two coal-fired electricity generation plants over the next dozen years.

Kimberly-Clark Strikes Wisconsin Deal, Will Close Plant in Conway

by Lance Turner and Sarah Campbell-Miller 12/13/2018 02:14 pm

Kimberly-Clark Corp. says it will close its plant in Conway, affecting at least 350 jobs, as it reaches an incentives agreement with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to keep one of its plants open there.

Report: Scott Walker Strikes Deal to Keep Kimberly-Clark in Wisconsin

by Associated Press 12/13/2018 01:04 pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker planned Thursday to announce a $25 million deal with paper-products giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. using a power that his Democratic successor would not have under a bill passed during a lame-duck legislative session last week, according to a published report.

Winrock Innovation Fund Get $576K from Commerce Department

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/13/2018 10:54 am

The U.S. Department of Commerce awards a $576,302 grant to Winrock International's Innovation Fund, or I-Fund, through the Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategies program.

Tech Park Shows Off Phase II; Budget Expected in February

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 12/13/2018 10:33 am

WER Architects/Planners unveils architectural renderings for the second phase of the $100 million, six-phase Little Rock Technology Park, which is designed to attract and retain startups and established tech companies.

Baptist Memorial, NYIT Partner to Train Doctors in A-State Program

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/13/2018 10:09 am

Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis is partnering with the New York Institute of Technology's College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro to train future doctors.

Arkansas Sets Up Helpline for Medicaid Work Rule Reports

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/13/2018 06:33 am

Arkansas officials said Wednesday they're setting up a helpline for people on the state's Medicaid expansion program to report they've complied with a work requirement following complaints from advocacy groups.

Director Kane Webb to Leave Parks & Tourism for Walmart Post

by Lance Turner 12/12/2018 04:17 pm

Kane Webb, executive director of the state Department of Parks and Tourism, is leaving the agency at the end of year to become director of executive communications at Walmart Inc. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named department CFO Cynthia Dunlap as interim director.

ASU Underscores Journalism With New School

by Todd Traub 12/12/2018 02:33 pm

Arkansas State University is putting the "J" back in journalism. The university has announced a board of trustees-approved resolution to create the School of Media & Journalism as an area of excellence within the College of Liberal Arts & Communication.

Arkansas Court Dismisses Appeal Over Ad Attacking Justice

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/12/2018 11:33 am

An Arkansas court is dismissing a television station's appeal of an order that prohibited it from airing a conservative group's attack ad against a state Supreme Court justice during her re-election bid.

For Retailers, the Smartphone is Future of Store Experience

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 12/12/2018 10:29 am

Retailers now consider the smartphone their friend. They're giving shoppers more control over the experience with app features that let customers do scan and pay, as well as download digital maps — and replicate the online experience.

Fort Smith Eyes Temporary Tax to Help Marshals Museum

by Associated Press 12/12/2018 10:11 am

Leaders in Fort Smith are considering whether to call a special election for a temporary tax increase that would help pay for the planned U.S. Marshals Museum.

UAMS Names Shannon Fleming Development Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/12/2018 10:09 am

Shannon Fleming has been named executive director of development at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

UA Researchers Get $750K Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/12/2018 10:06 am

University of Arkansas physicists recently received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to research "topological quantum materials," which are unusual in that they have a robustness of electrical properties regardless of temperature shifts or changes in structural form.

Arkansas Times Sues Over No-Boycott Pledge for Vendors

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/11/2018 02:43 pm

An Arkansas newspaper is asking a federal judge to strike down a state law that requires government contractors to pledge to not boycott Israel or reduce their fees by 20 percent.

Japanese Delegate Stresses Economic Ties to Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 12/11/2018 01:01 pm

He introduces himself as Tom Taniguchi, a speechwriter for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but a Japanese visitor to Little Rock on Monday took on the role of travel agent. The traveler? Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.