Roby Brock en Minimum Wage Proposal Popular, Medical Marijuana Attitudes Evenly Split <p>Two potential issues that may be on the November ballot offer contrasting attitudes from Arkansas voters.</p><p>The latest Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll of more than 1,000 likely voters shows that an overwhelming majority of Arkansans are in favor of raising the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 per hour, while voters are evenly split on a possible medical marijuana proposal. Both citizen-led initiatives are collecting signatures before a July deadline to qualify for the November ballot.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:32:45 +0000 Roby Brock 21536 at Pryor Holds Small Lead On Cotton In High-profile U.S. Senate Race <p>Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor holds a three-point lead over his Republican rival, Congressman Tom Cotton, in the latest Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll.</p><p>Pryor, whose seat has been highly targeted for a Republican pick-up, leads the first-term Fourth District Congressman 45.5% to 42.5%. Only 8% are undecided.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:50:33 +0000 Roby Brock 21460 at Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race <p>A new Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll shows the race between party front-runners Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) to be a virtual dead heat, with the Democrat up by one point – 44-43% – over his potential GOP rival.</p><p>“This is not where this race will end up, but it is a representation of where it is today,” said Talk Business &amp; Politics editor-in-chief Roby Brock.</p><p>“The anticipated match-up between Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson appears to be very close. Against their underdog rivals, these two front-runners appear to be in solid shape.”</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:45:30 +0000 Roby Brock 21401 at ExxonMobil Exec Says Future Pegasus Pipeline Testing Could Take A Year <p>A year after the Mayflower oil spill, ExxonMobil executives are submitting a pipeline remediation plan to federal regulators that will include extraordinary integrity testing measures that may take more than a year to complete.</p><p>In an exclusive interview with Talk Business &amp; Politics, vice-president for U.S. Pipeline Operations Karen Tyrone said the Pegasus pipeline will be put through inline testing, verification digs, and hydrotesting to stress the pipe beyond any weak points.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:32:00 +0000 Roby Brock 20996 at Simmons First To Acquire Delta Trust For $66 Million <p></p><p>Simmons First National Corp. will acquire Little Rock-based Delta Trust &amp; Banking Corp. for roughly $66 million, <a href="">Talk Business Arkansas</a> reports.</p><p>The Pine Bluff-based bank said it has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger with Delta Trust. According to the terms of the agreement, Simmons First will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Delta Trust in a transaction valued at approximately $66 million, subject to potential adjustments.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:11:57 +0000 Roby Brock 20798 at Simmons First To Acquire Delta Trust For $66 Million Third And Likely Final Round Of Layoffs Begins At Acxiom <p></p><p>A third, and likely final, wave of layoffs at Little Rock-based Acxiom Corp. began on Wednesday as the database marketer continued its push to realign its workforce to meet changing industry demands.</p><p>Acxiom indicated in November 2013 it would cut its overall labor force by March in an effort to save $20-$30 million annually.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:31:10 +0000 Roby Brock 19559 at Third And Likely Final Round Of Layoffs Begins At Acxiom Senator Changes Position On Private Option, Could Be Enough For Passage <p></p><p>A slice of drama was cut from the state capitol on Tuesday as a state senator previously opposed to the private option said she would now vote to fund it.</p><p>State Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock) got something in return, however. English, a long-time advocate for restructuring workforce education and training in Arkansas, said she has received support from fellow lawmakers and Gov. Mike Beebe to fundamentally alter programs tied to workforce investment.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:30:44 +0000 Roby Brock 19172 at Gov. Mike Beebe Touts Reasons For Continuing Private Option <p></p><p></p><p>Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday there are a “multiplicity” of reasons Arkansas Legislators should vote to fund Arkansas’ private option plan, and he also took a shot at Republican gubernatorial candidates who “don’t understand the budget” with respect to the private option.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:56:49 +0000 Roby Brock 18478 at Gov. Mike Beebe Touts Reasons For Continuing Private Option Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll: It’s Still The Economy <p>More Arkansans feel the state is heading in the right direction than the wrong direction and a majority identify the economy and jobs as their top issue of concern.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:37:02 +0000 Roby Brock 17848 at Talk Business-Hendrix Poll: Public Weighs In On Private Option <p>Arkansas voters view the private option insurance plan more favorably than unfavorably, according to a new survey from <a href="" target="_blank">Talk Business</a> and Hendrix College.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:23:47 +0000 Roby Brock 17802 at