Roby Brock

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Roby Brock of TalkBusiness.net covers business and political news happening in Arkansas.

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11:03 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Candidates For U.S. Senate To Finally Faceoff In Debates

Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton

After a year-and-a-half of attack ads and press releases, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, will debate on the same stage twice this week: first on Monday in a debate sponsored by AETN, and then on Tuesday in Fayetteville in a debate that will be broadcast on the state’s ABC stations across Arkansas and CSPAN nationwide.

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8:31 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Disclosed Leslie Rutledge Email Heats Up Attorney General’s Race

Leslie Rutledge at KUAR in May 2014.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Attorney General’s contest centered on race Thursday after a report of a seven-year old email from the GOP nominee was made public.

The Blue Hog Report reported Thursday that Republican Attorney General candidate Leslie Rutledge sent an email in October 2007 that blogger Matt Campbell said was “written in an overtly racist patois.” The email, sent when Rutledge was an employee of the Department of Human Services, said it was a “true story and email from a friend of mine… she works d’town with battered women, etc.”

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4:01 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

El Dorado Recycling Plant To Expand, Add 120 New Employees

Clean Harbors broke ground on Tuesday for a new incineration unit in El Dorado.

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1:42 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

'Game-Changing' Initiative Could Drastically Cut Water Usage For Farming

Dhu Thompson, chairman of Delta Plastics, speaking alongside Arkansas agriculture officials, researchers and company executives at a plant in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Delta Plastics and a consortium of agricultural interests in Arkansas have launched a new water conservation software initiative that leaders say could reduce water usage by 20 percent by the year 2020.

"This initiative is the most important conservation effort we have ever launched," said Dhu Thompson, Delta Plastics Chairman. "‘Preserving our farmland’ has been our company slogan for nearly 20 years. But conservation and sustainability is so much more than a slogan for us. It is a principle that has driven every major operational decision that we have made."

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5:57 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Poll: GOP Advantage In Three Congressional Districts, Toss-up In Another

A new flurry of polling shows Republicans with a solid victory in one Congressional District, advantages in two other districts, and a toss-up for the remaining district in Central Arkansas.

The latest round of Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College polling centered on four Congressional District level surveys that provide a first glimpse at this fall's congressional match-ups.

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5:24 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Arkansas Governor’s Poll Shows Hutchinson Leading Ross

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey of 1,780 likely state voters shows Republican Asa Hutchinson with a 46-41% lead over Democrat Mike Ross in the Arkansas Governor’s race.

The poll, which was conducted July 22-25 across all four Congressional districts, has a margin of error of +/-2.3%.

Q. In the race for Governor, the candidates are Democrat Mike Ross, Republican Asa Hutchinson, Libertarian Frank Gilbert, and Green Party Candidate Joshua Drake. If the election for Governor were today, which candidate would you support?

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5:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Poll Suggests U.S. Senate Race A Dead Heat Between Pryor & Cotton

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey of 1,780 likely Arkansas voters shows Republican Congressman Tom Cotton with a 44-42% lead over two-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

The poll, which was conducted July 22-25 across all four Congressional districts, has a margin of error of +/-2.3%.

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4:55 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Tom Cotton Touts Endorsement Of National Federation Of Independent Businesses

Congressman Cotton speaking to reporters in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Congressman Cotton, the Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, received the endorsement Tuesday of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small business advocacy group.

Touting Cotton’s 100% voting record with the NFIB, the group’s state director, Sylvester Smith, said it was a natural endorsement.

“Tom Cotton has consistently supported Arkansas’s small, family businesses,” said Smith. “He listens to what our members have to say, and he’s done everything he can to create an environment where they can succeed.”

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12:56 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Legislators Will Look To Privatize Troubled School Insurance Fund

Rep. Harold Copenhaver of Jonesboro talks with Roby Brock on Talk Business and Politics.
Credit Talk Business & Politics

A co-chair of a task force on teacher health insurance says after this week’s special session, his group plans to study privatizing the troubled school benefits program.

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10:28 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Gov. Beebe Headed To Europe For Trade Mission

Credit Governor's office

Gov. Mike Beebe is heading overseas for his third European trade mission in five years.

In a Talk Business & Politics interview, which aired Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on KATV Ch. 7, Beebe said he will travel to London, Paris and the Czech Republic beginning July 12.

“Hopefully, they won’t kill me like they did in the China trip a couple of years ago. We were eleven days in China, 13 days counting the travel times. We were in eight different hotels in eight different cities and provinces,” Beebe said.

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