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The Great Grift: How Billions in COVID-19 Relief Aid Was Stolen or Wasted

An Associated Press analysis found that fraudsters potentially stole more than $280 billion in COVID-19 relief funding; another $123 billion was wasted or misspent. read more >
Health Care

State Awarded $575K to Strengthen Medical Reserve Corps

The Arkansas Department of Health will use the funds to expand the number of MRC units statewide from five to 14 to help ensure that all regions of the state have MRC units. read more >
A technician installs fiber optic cables. Little River County, Arkansas has received a $2 million federal grant to build fiber optic cable lines to support broadband infrastructure. 
Construction / Government & Politics

$53M in Broadband Grant Money Flowing Again

Eight projects had been on hold after the governor abolished a steering committee for the funds. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Real Estate / Transportation

Federal COVID Aid OK’d to Pay For Roads, Natural Disasters

The newly expanded spending options are expected to take effect by late February, after the Treasury releases updated guidance. read more >
Joe Biden speaks during an event on Nov. 14, 2020 at Los Angeles Trade–Technical College
Government & Politics / Investments

Biden Releasing Nearly $36B to Aid Union Pensions; ABF Employees to Benefit

The money for the Central States Pension Fund is the largest amount of federal aid provided for a pension plan. read more >
Tracie Ford, a registered nurse on the medical surgical floor, reviews a patients chart.
Banking & Finance / Health Care / Insurance

Condition Critical At Rural HospitalsLock Icon

The Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden offers prime example of the financial stress hospitals are under since COVID. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Losing Money, Some Arkansas Hospitals Face Closure

As many hospitals struggle financially, the Arkansas Department of Human Services has proposed using $60 million of the state’s American Rescue Plan Act to help keep their doors open. read more >
Government & Politics

The Basics of Governing (Editorial)

Central Arkansas is lucky in having a reliable, safe water supply overseen by Central Arkansas Water. Of course, that’s not really a matter of luck. That’s a matter of good governance and planning. read more >
Health Care / Nonprofits / Restaurants & Food

UAMS and AmeriCorps Partner on Food Security Program

A $255,000 grant will fund efforts to help the hungry in rural and urban areas of Arkansas for the next three years. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

$786K in Grants to Support Community Health Centers

Twelve of the centers in Arkansas received funds. read more >
Business Services / Construction / Government & Politics / Transportation

$1.7M Grant to Support Growth at Fort Smith Industrial Park

Funds come from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which all of Arkansas' congressional delegates voted against. read more >
A rendering of the new Sultana Disaster Museum in Marion, Arkansas.
Construction / Education / Government & Politics / Nonprofits / Tourism

Sultana Museum Gets $1M Federal Grant

The project will be matched with $250,000 in local funds. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

US Health Insurers Raise Rates to Match Increase in Usage

The rate increases come as Congress debates whether to extend financial help for consumers through the American Rescue Plan. read more >
The Southwest Trail will cross the old Saline River Bridge near Benton which will be rebuilt with help from grant money announced this year.
Construction / Government & Politics / Transportation

Southwest Trail Project Gets $2M in Federal Grants

Half the funds will go toward restoring the historic Saline River Bridge near Benton. read more >
Government & Politics / Transportation

City Budgets Find Inflation Gives, Takes AwayLock Icon

A stubborn trend of 8% inflation has compounded revenue from municipal sales taxes, including a flood of steel purchases for the Interstate 30 Crossing project. read more >
Construction / Education / Government & Politics / Health Care / Manufacturing

Arkansas Gets $3.9M in Grants for New Hospital, Workforce Training Center

Both projects will be matched by local funds. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

State’s Broadband Focus Should Be 110,000 Homes in Grant Gap, Study Says

The households lack access to broadband with speeds adequate for learning and working. read more >
O. Jerome Green, president of Shorter College in North Little Rock.
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care / Nonprofits

$61M Helped HBCUs in Arkansas Survive COVID

Three of the four historically Black colleges and universities in Arkansas that received nearly $61 million through the federal American Rescue Plan say the money has been critical to surviving the pandemic amid challenges unique to institutions like theirs. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Transportation

$2M Grant to Connect Roadway to Springdale Development

Federal funds will be used to create direct highway access for a proposed 700,000-SF commercial space. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Panel Approves $50M Emergency Request for More Beds at Arkansas Hospitals

The money will be used to add 265 beds at 11 hospitals under pressure from the omicron surge. read more >