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Education / Government & Politics / Legal

US Sues West Memphis School District for Denying COVID Accommodations to Asthmatic Teacher

When the district returned to in-person instruction in August 2020, it allegedly told the teacher that she couldn't work remotely. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

A New Kind of Hospital is Coming to Rural America. To Qualify, Facilities Must Close Their Beds

The government, which classifies hospitals by type, rolled out the rural emergency option in January 2023. Only 19 hospitals across the U.S. received rural emergency hospital status last year. read more >
Banking & Finance / Investments / Nonprofits / Small Business

Report: Wealth Disparities by Race Grew During The Pandemic, Despite Income Gains

According to a report from the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the real net worth of white individuals has outgrown that of Black and Hispanic individuals by 30 percentage points and 9 percentage points, respectively. read more >
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Government & Politics / Health Care / Small Business

A COVID-Era Program is Awash in Fraud. Congress Aims to Wind it Down and Expand the Child Tax Credit

Lawmakers emphasize that cutting down on the fraudulent claims should also help the IRS more quickly resolve the legitimate claims that businesses have filed and are still awaiting resolution. read more >
Real Estate / Small Business

Small Biz Owners Scale Back Their Office Space or Go Remote Altogether

While the real estate decisions of big companies get much of the attention, small business owners are also reassessing what they need in terms of an office. read more >
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Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services / Construction / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Real Estate / Restaurants & Food / Transportation

Immigration Fuels Uptick in US Population Growth

A decline in the number of deaths since the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic also contributed to the U.S. growth rate. read more >
Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Ruling Favors Surgery Centers in Reimbursement Fight With Arkansas Blue Cross

More: A deeper look at what led to the lawsuit is available here.  A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge Thursday ruled mostly in favor of two Little Rock surgery centers […] read more >
Health Care / Insurance

Baptist Health Could Be Out of Insurer’s Network If Rate Impasse Continues

The state's largest health provider is the latest to battle UnitedHealthcare over reimbursement rates, which it says are among the lowest in the nation. read more >
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Real Estate / Small Business

New Incentives Could Boost Satisfaction With In-Person Work, but Few Employers are Making Changes

About 3 in 4 human resources representatives say that retaining employees who don't want to work in the office is a problem — including 19% who call it a "major problem." read more >
Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Small Business / Transportation

Biden Will Convene New Supply Chain Council, Announce 30 Steps to Strengthen US Logistics

Among the 30 new actions, Biden, a Democrat, will use the Defense Production Act to have the Health and Human Services Department invest in the domestic manufacturing of needed medicines that are deemed crucial for national security. read more >
Restaurants & Food / Small Business

Damgoode Pies Closing Last Little Rock Location

Founder Jeff Trine said the pizza chain took on "enormous debt" to survive after the COVID-19 pandemic. read more >
Restaurants & Food / Small Business

Restaurant Wages Up 21%Lock Icon

Arkansas Division of Workforce Services shows wages have grown almost 21% since the pandemic. read more >
Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Lab Owner Gets 15-Year Prison Sentence for $134M Medicare Scheme

Authorities say Billy Joe Taylor of Lavaca used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, purchasing luxury automobiles including a Rolls Royce. read more >

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Names Geoffrey Robson as Music Director

Robson, who was previously the symphony's artistic director, said being chosen for the role is "the honor of a lifetime." read more >
Energy

World Bank Offers Dim Outlook for the Global Economy in Face of Higher Interest Rates

Still, the bank's latest Global Economic Prospects report marks an upgrade from its previous forecast in January. That estimate had envisioned worldwide growth of just 1.7% this year. read more >

Big Cities See Rare Decrease In Population in 2020-21

In 2020-21, large cities in the United States, those with populations of 250,000 and above, experienced a population loss of 1%, the first year in the 21st century in which large cities saw a decline. read more >
Dillard's Inc. CEO William Dillard II said the company is confident going into the holiday sales season.
Public Companies / Retail

Dillard’s Highlights COVID Recovery at Annual Shareholders Meeting

CEO William Dillard II touted a $1.8 billion return for shareholders over the past three years. read more >
A doctor walks down a hospital hallway. Hospitals and nursing homes across the U.S. are bracing for worsening staff shortages as deadlines arrive for employee vaccination against COVID-19.
Government & Politics / Health Care

Federal Government’s $1B Effort to Recruit Next Generation of Doctors at Risk

Over the last three years, millions of taxpayer dollars were pumped into the National Health Service Corps to hire thousands more doctors and nurses willing to serve the country's most desperate regions during the COVID-19 pandemic in exchange for forgiving medical school debts. Now, with the health emergency over, the program's expansion is in jeopardy – even as people struggle to get timely and quality care because of an industry-wide dearth of workers. read more >
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Health Care

WHO Downgrades COVID Pandemic, Says It’s No Longer Emergency

The announcement, made more than three years after WHO declared the coronavirus an international crisis, offers a coda to a pandemic that stirred fear and suspicion, hand-wringing and finger-pointing across the globe. read more >
Nonprofits / Restaurants & Food

Nonprofits Scramble for Help Amid Dearth of Volunteers

Researchers, nonprofit professionals and volunteers offer a variety of explanations for the decline, including the COVID-19 pandemic and economic woes. read more >