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Construction / Real Estate

Foothills Apartments Bought for $68M (Real Deals)Lock Icon

The 540-unit apartment complex in North Little Rock was purchased by 2401 Lakeview LLC. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal / Media & Marketing

What’s Next for the FOIA (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

This year has seen multiple attempts to limit our open records law, and the hits will keep coming. read more >
Ashley Wimberley, executive director of the Arkansas Press Association, described the recent legislative session as her hardest yet.
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Citizens Help Newspapers Dodge Legislative Threats

Many are relieved by the failure of bills that took aim at Arkansas’ strong Freedom of Information Act and current law that requires public notices to be published in newspapers. read more >
Sarah Huckabee Sanders addresses the Arkansas Legislature after being sworn in as the state's 47th governor.
Education / Government & Politics / Legal

Arkansas Restricts School Bathroom Use by Transgender People

It might be followed by an even stricter Arkansas bill criminalizing transgender adults using public restrooms that match their gender identity. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal / Media & Marketing

In Praise of Open Government (Editorial)

A proposal that would have shielded decision-making by elected officials appears dead. For now. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Anti-Abortion Monument at Capitol

The proposal drew objections from some anti-abortion Republicans who said it would be counterproductive, and that efforts should instead focus on other needs such as helping pregnant women and foster children. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Arkansas House Sends Governor Trans Care Malpractice Bill

The governor's office said she backs the bill, which would make it easier to sue doctors who provide gender-affirming treatment to minors. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Health Care / Public Companies / Retail

The Search for Simple Solutions (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Two events last week showed lawmakers seeking simple solutions to complex problems. But as most business owners and managers know, there’s no such thing as a quick fix. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care

School District’s Virus Quarantine Grows as Legislators Debate Masks

The number of students and staff at a Marion school district who have quarantined because of COVID-19 grew to more than 700 as lawmakers debated whether to allow schools to mandate masks. read more >
Jason Rapert
Government & Politics / Health Care

Lawmakers Send Hutchinson Near-Total Abortion Ban

Arkansas lawmakers approve legislation banning nearly all abortions, sending the bill to a Republican governor who has expressed reservations about the move. read more >
The Arkansas River swells over into Little Rock's Riverfront Park on June 2.
Construction / Real Estate / Transportation

Governor Announces More Members, First Meeting of Levee Task Force

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces additional appointments to the Arkansas Levee Task Force he created by executive order last month. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas House Votes 75-18 to Keep Medicaid Plan

Arkansas lawmakers have voted to keep the state's Medicaid expansion another year, days after the program's future appeared in limbo following a court decision blocking the state from enforcing a work requirement. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Restaurants & Food / Retail

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Junk Food Ban for Food Stamps

Arkansas would ban food stamps from being used to purchase soda or junk food under a proposal endorsed by a legislative committee Tuesday, joining a list of Republican-led states hopeful the Trump administration will allow such restrictions to the federal program. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits

The One-Way Test (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

At virtually every meeting, Rotarians recite “The Four-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do,” but I keep my mouth shut. I’m fine with the first two — Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? — because those are my personal and professional goals at all times. But the parts about building goodwill and friendship and being beneficial to all concerned — well, the things I’m paid to think, say and do don’t always pass those tests. read more >