The use of land around the lake providing nearly 400,000 Arkansans with drinking water is the topic of recommendations the Lake Maumelle Watershed Task Force is submitting to Pulaski County Quorum Court this week. The Court will then decide on including the recommendations in a zoning ordinance for the watershed. The 31-member task force, comprised of people representing various interests, has been meeting regularly for nearly a year to come up with the recommendations.
Craighead County election officials are closely watching a Pulaski County lawsuit regarding Arkansas' voter identification law.
The law was passed last year over Gov. Mike Beebe's veto. It allows in-person voters who don't show identification at the time of voting until Monday after the election to present proper IDs to the election commission to have their votes counted. But it makes no mention of a similar grace period for absentee voters.
The four candidates running for Arkansas attorney general agree they want to resume executions that have been halted for nearly a decade by court challenges and shortages of the drugs used for lethal injections. One of them says the state should resort to a method that hasn't been used in 24 years: the electric chair.
This week's Arkansas Business Report: The Annual Mid South Basic Economic Development Course is attracting record enrollment this year; AT&T has a new plan for wired and wireless bundles that benefits small businesses; A Birmingham developer has purchased land currently used as a soccer field in Little Rock's Riverdale area from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and plans a high-end complex including apartments.
The Arkansas State Board of Education has voted to continue state control over two financially troubled school districts. The board on Friday unanimously approved a proposal to continue state control of the Pulaski County Special and Helena-West Helena school districts.
State education commissioner Tom Kimbrell said both districts still have financial-related issues that require the state's governance. Kimbrell has placed superintendents in each district and established community advisory boards to oversee the schools.
A report released Friday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a job market continuing to improve for Arkansans. The unemployment rate is improved from last month and down from 7.5 percent this time last year to 7.1 percent.
Michael Pakko with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute for Economic Advancement said the data is showing a trend with other recent reports.
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.
In an exclusive interview with Talk Business & 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.
The CEO of Little Rock-based Acxiom Corporation says he supports stronger regulations on companies that collect, analyze and market consumer data. In a presentation to investors associated with Delta Trust and Bank last week, CEO Scott Howe said data collected on consumers should be limited to marketing only. He said people should also have the right to deny access to companies that want to collect their personal data.