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Mark Friedman

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Mark Friedman has been with Arkansas Business since 2000. He also is an event photographer for Little Rock Soirée and occasionally writes columns about his daughter for Little Rock Family.

Friedman, who graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in history, covers health care and major Arkansas companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Dillard's Expecting a Happy Holiday This article is available only in print.

Dillard's is looking toward the holiday season, when department stores generate about 25 percent of their total annual sales. Retail analysts expect Dillard's and other retailers should have a season of good cheer. read more >

Companies Deny Wrongdoing in 2013 Magnolia Oil Spill

Two subsidiaries of Delek US Holdings Inc. of Brentwood, Tennessee, have denied wrongdoing in a federal lawsuit stemming from a 2013 oil spill that released more than 5,890 barrels of crude oil near Magnolia. read more >

Neurosurgeon Bailed on Fayettevile Job, Now Must Pay

Washington Regional Medical Center recently won a judgment against a neurosurgeon who received a $48,000 signing bonus but quit before his first day at the Fayetteville hospital. read more >

Appeal Seeks Site Approval For Adult Novelty Store

Adam & Eve, the adult apparel and novelty store, is taking its fight to open a location in Jonesboro to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. read more >

The Full Monte: Suits Cite Spiral of Abuse

Monte Johnston was a successful Springdale businessman with several lucrative companies, a wife and four daughters, a big house and write-ups in local publications. But in 2015, his life started falling apart, personally and professionally. read more >

John James Starts Engine, Raises $4M for E-Commerce Software Firm

Fayetteville entrepreneur John James has raised nearly $4 million for his latest startup, Engine, which sells business management software to e-commerce retailers. read more >

Little Rock Medical Sales Rep, 3 Others Plead Guilty to Multimillion-Dollar Tricare Scheme

A Little Rock medical sales rep and three others recently pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Little Rock in connection with a multimillion prescription drug kickback scheme involving the U.S. military's health insurer. read more >

Arkansas Nonprofits Hold Breath For Year-End

As a result of changes to the federal tax code, donations to charities are expected to fall by $13.1 billion annually in the United States, according to a May 2017 study by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. read more >

CARTI Sees Improvement In Finances

Adam Head, CARTI's president and CEO said the Little Rock cancer treatment center's financial improvement for the fiscal year that ended June 30 should be defined as a “transformation." read more >

Unusual Legal Battle Is a Textbook Case

Lawsuits have littered the path of James and Terry Barnes and their textbook enterprises, with allegations ranging from competition against companies they co-own to selling counterfeit materials. read more >