Grant Tennille, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, speaks to reporters, while Randy Zook, president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Beau Bishop of the Arkansas Farm Bureau and Jay Chesshir, president and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber, listen.
A new study by the Partnership for a New American Economy suggests labor shortages are increasing the reliance on imported produce and slowing economic growth in Arkansas.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, heads of chamber of commerce groups, the Arkansas Farm Bureau and the Economic Development Commission, said it shows the need for the U.S. Congress to pass meaningful immigration reform.
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is proposing changing Arkansas' workforce training system, calling for the creation of eight councils around the state that would guide how funding for the programs are distributed.
Hutchinson on Wednesday proposed creating eight Workforce Education Councils to coordinate and expand the state's existing training programs.
City leaders in Hot Springs have approved the condemnation of the Majestic Hotel building that was destroyed in a fire last month.
The move Tuesday by the Hot Springs Board of Directors allows the city to request the full demolition of the remainder of the historic hotel. The complex was partially razed for safety reasons after the Feb. 27-28 fire.
The Arkansas General Assembly is meeting to sine die Wednesday, formally ending the fiscal session, but a veto issued by Governor Mike Beebe leaves at least one legislative item left to address.
The line-item veto is an objection to the widening of a sales tax exemption for equipment and machinery used in manufacturing. The extension newly defines sands used for fracking natural gas and oil as equipment.
Some candidates running for Arkansas House speaker say they'd like to see the speaker's race pushed back until they know who'll win the chamber's majority in the November election.
The vote is now set for Wednesday when the Legislature meets to formally adjourn the fiscal session.
Those who support a delayed vote point to the 2012 speaker's race, when Democratic state Rep. Darrin Williams was elected speaker but wasn't confirmed after Republicans won a majority in the House in the November election.
A federal judge has rejected a request for a new hearing for an Oklahoma man on federal death row for the slayings of an Arkansas family.
U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes ruled Tuesday that Danny Lee of Yukon, Okla., needed to obtain authorization from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to file another petition challenging his death sentence.
Lee was convicted in federal court in the 1996 slayings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy Mueller, and their young daughter, Sarah.