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Government & Politics

Arkansas Senator Suspended Over Filing Frivolous Complaint

The Senate earlier this month rejected a complaint Clark had filed against Democratic Sen. Stephanie Flowers accusing her of improperly receiving per diem payments for legislative meetings she attended via Zoom. read more >
Southern Bancorp gains two new counties in its Arkansas service area with its acquisition of Premier Bank.
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Investments / Real Estate

Southern Bancorp Paying $28M Cash for Premier Bank

The addition of the $227.4 million-asset bank, which operates full-service offices in Craighead and Crittenden counties, will enlarge Southern Bancorp’s footprint to 16 Arkansas counties. read more >
Government & Politics

Legislators Give Final OK to Bill Supporters Say Will Boost Solar in Arkansas

Arkansas’ sun power industry scored a major victory Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol as the state House approved legislation to allow third-party financing of solar arrays. The measure, already cleared by the state Senate, will open up solar power options for non-taxed entities like nonprofit corporations, government agencies and schools. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Solar Bill Advances Along With Energy Efficiency Measure

A bill that supporters say could more than double solar power construction in Arkansas moved a step closer to final passage Monday in the General Assembly, one of two pieces of energy legislation cleared by the Joint Energy Committee at the state Capitol. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Senate Panel Unanimously Advances Key Solar Industry Bill

A key legislative priority for Arkansas’ solar power industry advanced in the state Legislature Tuesday as the Senate Insurance & Commerce Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 145. read more >
Mark Cayce, Ouachita Electric’s CEO, shows off a display on the benefits of efficient lighting, a key part of the co-op’s PAYS program.
Construction / Education / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Nonprofits

A Champion of Solar Rises In South: Ouachita ElectricLock Icon

As CEO of Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corp. in Camden, Mark Cayce has seen the light, and it is solar. He has made sun power a cornerstone of innovative programs serving a high-tech corner of Arkansas: the defense manufacturing cluster in East Camden, home to a 12-megawatt solar array that was the largest in the state when it was built three years ago. read more >
State Sen. David Wallace, R-Leachville (right), with Katie Laning Niebaum, director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, and Alan Hope, CEO of Powers of Arkansas.
 
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

Solar Advocates, Audubon Trumpet Bill to Let Nonprofits Reap Savings

Adam Fogleman, Pulaski County's attorney, a wide-ranging coalition of counties, environmentalists and renewable energy industry players back new net metering legislation. read more >
David Wallace
Business Services / Government & Politics / Small Business

Leachville Staffing Firm Gets Square with Labor Department

The U.S. Department of Labor says an Arkansas staffing company paid more than $708,000 to settle Fair Labor Standards Act violations — but one of the company's owners says he's not heard from the department about its investigation. read more >
Bryan King
Government & Politics

AEDC’s Preston Defends Governor’s ‘Quick Action’ Fund

The executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission on Tuesday defended certain incentives his agency offers to companies that are building, moving to or expanding in Arkansas. read more >
Pat Brown has a new title and a growing job now that women-owned businesses have been added to her portfolio at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
Agriculture & Poultry / Banking & Finance / Business Services / Education / Government & Politics / Investments / Manufacturing / Media & Marketing / Small Business

AEDC’s Program for Minority Firms Extends Its Mission

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s online directory of minority-owned firms now lists some 275 certified companies, and Pat Brown’s team is busy certifying women-owned businesses. read more >
Blake Johnson
Government & Politics

Arkansas Moves to Separate King and Lee Holiday

Arkansas has taken a first step toward celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. on the third Monday in January and honoring Robert E. Lee in the fall rather than the current practice of recognizing both men on the same day in January. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas’ Model Medicaid Experiment, the Private Option, in Jeopardy

Arkansas became the first southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. Now Arkansas could be on the brink of another distinction: becoming the first to abandon its Medicaid expansion after giving coverage to thousands. read more >