Today's News

KARK and Fox 16 Hire Web Anchor, Haylee Brooks

by Kyle Massey 2/18/2019 04:25 pm

Haylee Brooks, a news reporter at KMID-TV in Midland, Texas, has joined Little Rock sister stations KARK, Channel 4, and KLRT, Fox16.

Mitch Bettis Buys Arkansas Business Publishing Group

by Lance Turner 2/18/2019 04:02 pm

Mitch Bettis, president of Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock, is purchasing the company from a limited partnership led by Olivia Myers Farrell, the two announced Monday.

Analysts Expect Walmart to Report Mixed Results

by Associated Press 2/18/2019 11:22 am

Wall Street expects the latest quarterly snapshot from Walmart Inc. of Bentonville will show mixed results.

Windstream: Disappointed, Surprised by $310M Ruling

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/18/2019 10:03 am

Windstream CEO Tony Thomas says the Little Rock company is "disappointed" and "frankly surprised" by a federal court ruling in New York that slapped a $310 million judgment on the firm.

As Casinos Come to Arkansas, All Ships Look for Lift This article is available only in print.

by Marty Cook 2/18/2019 12:00 am

Jim Shamburger owns the Best Western Winner Circle Inn just across the street from Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs. When Oaklawn announced in mid-November its plans for a $100 million expansion on site to include a 200-room hotel, an 28,000-SF casino and a 14,000-SF events center, Shamburger couldn't have been happier.

Tracy Rosser Departs Walmart This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/18/2019 12:00 am

Tracy Rosser, the senior vice president in charge of transportation at Walmart Inc. in Bentonville, left the company at the end of January.

Slim Chickens Passes $100M Milestone This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/18/2019 12:00 am

Slim Chickens passed $100 million in revenue during 2018, says company CEO and co-founder Tom Gordon.

How to Grow Your Tax Dollars (Rodney Showmar Commentary)

by Rodney Showmar 2/18/2019 12:00 am

Twenty-five other states specifically allow public funds to be deposited in NCUA-insured credit unions — unlike Arkansas, which limits access to public funds to banks only.

U.S. Travel & Tourism Economic Impact Reported at $1.5 Trillion

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/18/2019 12:00 am

The total contribution of travel and tourism to gross domestic product in the United States was $1.5 trillion in 2017, or 7.7 percent of GDP.

Ritter Communications Announces $7M Hot Springs Project

by Kyle Massey 2/15/2019 02:53 pm

Ritter Communications of Jonesboro, the state's largest locally-owned broadband provider, on Friday announced a $7 million infrastructure project to underpin a high-tech communications and business services system in Hot Springs.

Agribusiness Conference Offers Lay of Land for Agriculture

by Todd Traub 2/15/2019 12:01 pm

National, worldwide and political issues dominated the 25th Arkansas State Agribusiness Conference held on the Arkansas State University campus.

Marshals Museum Pushes Back Opening Date to 2020

by Associated Press 2/15/2019 11:24 am

The planned opening of the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith has been pushed back to next year.

Man Must Repay Nearly $1.5M in Bank Embezzlement Scheme

by Associated Press 2/15/2019 11:22 am

A former bank officer must serve two years in federal prison and repay $1.46 million to his former employer.

Arkansas House Gives Final OK to $97M Tax Cut Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/14/2019 02:45 pm

The Arkansas House has given final legislative approval to the Republican governor's $97 million plan to cut the state's top income tax rate.

Truckers, Construction Firms Ready to Roll with Arkansas Highway Plan

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 2/14/2019 02:33 pm

While Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $300 million per year plan for highways will raise diesel prices for truckers, they'll eventually come out ahead through time saved and fewer equipment repairs, the Arkansas Trucking Association says.

Arkansas House Panel Rejects Democrats' Tax Credit Plan

by Associated Press 2/14/2019 11:31 am

An Arkansas House panel has rejected a Democratic-backed proposal to create a tax credit for low-income residents.

Arkansas Lawmakers File Dozens of Amendment Proposals

by Associated Press 2/14/2019 11:28 am

Arkansas lawmakers filed 31 proposed amendments to the state constitution just before the filing deadline, adding to the dozens of proposals filed this session addressing issues including unpaid prison labor and highway funding.

Kansas City Firm Hires Former Walmart Exec to Lead Cyber Innovation Center in NWA

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/14/2019 11:21 am

Cybersecurity firm Fishtech Group of Kansas City, Missouri, has hired former Walmart executive Kerry Kilker to lead its new Cyber Innovation Center in northwest Arkansas.

Humbug Holidays: US Retail Sales Drop 1.2 Percent in December

by Associated Press 2/14/2019 08:58 am

U.S. retail sales fell in December, posting the biggest drop since September 2009 and delivering more evidence that last year's holiday sales fizzled unexpectedly. Even e-commerce suffered a big setback.

Arkansas Lawmaker's Plan Tightens Abortion Ban to 18 Weeks

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/14/2019 06:46 am

A Republican lawmaker in Arkansas, which has some of the strictest abortion prohibitions in the country, wants the state to go even further with a measure that would prohibit the procedure 18 weeks into a pregnancy.