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Jason Brancel, president & CEO of Riceland Foods
Agriculture & Poultry / Restaurants & Food

Colorado Co-op Leader Jason Brancel Named CEO of Riceland Foods

He follows Danny Kennedy, who retired in July after 21 years with Riceland. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Investments / Media & Marketing / Real Estate / Tourism

A Vision for Arkansas (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

The same things that made Arkansas attractive to 20th century retirees can, in theory, make Arkansas attractive to 21st century workers who are now much more comfortable with the idea of working remotely. read more >
Kevin Sexton, Hot Springs Village’s Director of Tourism and Community Affairs, says new home construction has boomed throughout 2020, the development’s 50th anniversary.
Construction / Investments / Media & Marketing / Real Estate / Restaurants & Food / Tourism

Hot Springs Village Still Turning Heads at 50Lock Icon

At 26,000 acres, Hot Springs Village is the largest gated community in North America, with a golf course, lake or hiking trail practically a stone’s throw from any spot within those gates. read more >
Stephanie Flowers
Government & Politics / Legal

Senate Committee Votes Down New Self-Defense Bill

After a heated and contentious debate, Arkansas' Senate Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday against a bill which would have loosened regulations for the use of deadly force in self-defense. read more >

Arkansas Business Power List 2016: Real Estate & Development

A real estate and development resource to help navigate the leadership of the largest Arkansas companies or institutions. read more >
Gary Stubblefield
Agriculture & Poultry / Education / Government & Politics

Law To Boost Pilot Programs for Ag Schools

Specialized agriculture education in Arkansas will soon not be solely the purview of higher education. A measure approved in this year’s legislative session will create a pilot program for “agriculture schools” in the state. read more >
John Cooper
Agriculture & Poultry / Energy / Government & Politics / Legal / Media & Marketing

Senate Approves Shielding Ratepayer Info from Disclosure

The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to shield information about customers of publicly owned utilities from release, months after the state Supreme Court said the records weren't exempt from the open records law. read more >
John Cooper
Energy / Legal / Media & Marketing

Arkansas Senate Approves Shielding Ratepayer Info from Disclosure

The Arkansas Senate has voted to shield publicly owned utility ratepayer information from release, months after the state Supreme Court said the records weren't exempt from the open records law. read more >
Asa Hutchinson announces support for reauthorizing the "private option," which uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Asa Hutchinson Shrinks the ‘No’ Caucus on Medicaid (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

The "heck no" caucus on Arkansas' Medicaid expansion is turning into a very lonely place. Winning over a coalition of supporters of Arkansas' private option and lawmakers who were ushered into office on vows to kill it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson cleared a major hurdle in his plan to continue the program while looking at longer term changes. read more >
John Cooper III
Business Services / Construction / Investments / Real Estate / Small Business

Prudent Planning Pays Off for Cooper Communities

John Cooper III is president and chairman of the board of directors of Cooper Communities Inc. of Rogers, a prolific land development company for the past 50-plus years. How prolific is a company secret, as Cooper politely declines to share the private company’s revenue or employment figures. He did sit down at his company’s headquarters for an interview, his first ever with the media. read more >
Construction / Real Estate / Small Business

Cooper Communities A Family Enterprise for Over 50 Years

Cooper Communities Inc. of Rogers — along with its assorted subsidiaries such as Cooper Land Development, Cooper Homes and Cooper Realty Investment — really is a family business. read more >
Blake Rutherford
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

The End of the Private Option (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

The private option is the major issue facing the General Assembly in the upcoming fiscal session. The impact on the state economy and business climate will be significant, but the outlook for reauthorization is grim. read more >
Arkansas Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain Home, says she won't vote to renew to the private option.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Private Option Supporters Walk Fine Line (AP Analysis)

Supporters of Arkansas' "private option" Medicaid expansion are walking a fine line as they assess the future of the program before this year's legislative session. They don't want to understate the danger it faces of being defunded, but they don't want to declare it dead just yet. read more >
The Arkansas Capitol building in Little Rock.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

A Steeper Climb Ahead for Arkansas’ Private Option (AP Analysis)

If you thought convincing a Republican-led Legislature to support a key part of the new federal health care law was a tough fight last year, wait until you see Round 2. Still, at least one GOP lawmaker is confident arguments for the law will win again. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Special Election Bodes Ill for Arkansas’ ‘Private Option’

A Republican takeover of a northeast Arkansas state Senate seat dims the prospects for continuing the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan and could be a troubling early sign for Democrats who had hoped to rebound from recent losses at the polls. read more >
John Cooper
Government & Politics

Republican John Cooper Wins Special Election for State Senate Seat

Republican John Cooper won a northeast Arkansas state Senate seat in a special election Tuesday, giving Republicans an extra seat in the Legislature. The race was widely viewed as a bellwether for this fall's political contests. read more >
Government & Politics

Early Voting Starts Tuesday in Election for Paul Bookout Senate Seat

Early voting is set to begin to fill a vacant state Senate seat from northeast Arkansas. read more >
Government & Politics

Republican John Cooper Awaits Democratic Opponent in Arkansas Senate Race

A Republican candidate for a state Senate seat says he cannot overcome the 67-margin that separated him from the leader in a primary runoff, but a Democratic candidate wants to see if he picks up any votes in a canvass. read more >
Government & Politics

Votes Are Close for Northeast Arkansas Senate Seat

Fewer than 100 votes separated the top candidates from the also-rans after ballots were counted in the party primary runoffs for a state senate seat in northeastern Arkansas. read more >
Government & Politics

Voters to Choose Nominees for Northeast Arkansas Senate Seat

Voters in northeast Arkansas are choosing the Democratic and Republican nominees for a special election to replace a state senator who resigned amid an ethics investigation.Paul Bookout read more >