Roby Brock

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


Local & Regional News
5:10 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Home BancShares To Buy Liberty Bank for $280 Million

Wallace Fowler and Johnny Allison unveil a map showing the footprint of the two banks.
Credit press conference video feed

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway on Tuesday announced the signing of a definitive agreement worth $280 million to acquire Liberty Bancshares Inc. of Jonesboro, the largest in-state bank transaction in Arkansas history.

Under the terms of the agreement, approximately 400 shareholders of Liberty will receive $250 million of Home BancShares common stock plus $30 million in cash.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Ross, Burkhalter Endorse Each Other, Vow Jobs Plan


Roby Brock of Talk Business covered a joint press conference with Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross (D) and John Burkhalter (D) a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross and Lt. Governor candidate John Burkhalter mutually endorsed each other and promised to work jointly to create more jobs in Arkansas if elected.

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Local & Regional News
1:52 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Gun Control Group Hits Senator Pryor With TV Ad

A group called “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” is out with a new TV ad today which steps up their criticism of Sen. Mark Pryor (D) for his vote against the failed Manchin-Toomey gun background check bill.

The latest ad features Angela Bradford-Barnes, who was the chief financial officer of the Democratic Party of Arkansas from 2007 to 2012 – a period when then-DPA chairman Bill Gwatney was killed in a random act of gun violence.

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2014 Attorney General Race
5:20 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Sterling Says AG’s Office Needs Conservative Leadership

David Sterling says his conservative leanings and the absence of other candidates led to his decision to enter the 2014 Attorney General’s race.

Appearing on the latest Talk Business Arkansas webcast/podcast, Sterling said he will seek the GOP nomination for Attorney General next year in an effort to offer voters a conservative choice in the race.

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Affordable Care Act
3:44 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Health Insurance Expert: Employers Will Opt For Insurance, Not Penalties

Greg Hatcher, CEO of The Hatcher Agency, says health insurance reform measures are about to kick in a higher gear for state businesses, but none of his accounts are weighing absorbing penalties over providing coverage.

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Local & Regional News
4:47 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Congressman Griffin On ‘Cotton For Senate’ Bandwagon

Congressman Tim Griffin on Talk Business Arkansas.

Congressman Tim Griffin (R) says Fourth District Cong. Tom Cotton will be the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2014 even if “he doesn’t know it yet.”

Griffin appeared on Talk Business Arkansas this week to discuss the Senate race, GOP politics and the latest from the Pegasus pipeline oil spill in Mayflower.

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Local & Regional News
2:33 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

DHS Answering Insurance Inquiries, Sending Private Option Waiver To Feds

John Selig, director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, talks with Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas.

On the heels of last week’s legislative session where state lawmakers approved the “private option” health insurance plan, Arkansas Medicaid leaders are already working to move the proposal forward.

The new law, known as the Health Care Independence Act, outlines the framework for allowing Arkansas to use Medicaid expansion money from the federal government to subsidize health insurance for low-income workers in a forthcoming health insurance exchange.

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Local & Regional News
9:19 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Entergy Arkansas To Light 3 Downtown Little Rock Bridges

Three bridges spanning the Arkansas River across downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock will be illuminated by year’s end thanks to a $2.4 million gift from Entergy Arkansas and an assorted group of businesses and governmental entities.

The announcement was made Monday morning by Entergy Arkansas President Hugh McDonald and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola.

McDonald said the gift is part of a celebration of the electric company’s 100th anniversary in Arkansas.  ”This project is very much in line with what we do – light things up,” he said.

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1:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Mike Ross Resigns Job To Pursue ‘Public Service’

Mike Ross
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Former Congressman Mike Ross (D) dropped another huge clue that he plans to run for Arkansas Governor in 2014.

In an email sent Tuesday (April 2) to employees at Southwest Power Pool – where he took a Government Affairs post in January 2013 after ending his near decade in Congress – Ross said he was resigning his post.

“I wanted you to know that after much thought I have resigned as an officer and senior vice president at Southwest Power Pool to pursue another opportunity in public service,” he said.

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Local & Regional News
10:50 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Democratic Governor Candidate Bill Halter Rolls Out ‘Arkansas Promise’

Bill Halter discussing his proposal Sunday night.
Credit Talk Business Arkansas

Bill Halter, the only declared Democratic candidate for Arkansas Governor, previewed his first major policy plan of the 2014 campaign on Talk Business Arkansas Sunday night.

Halter will advocate for “The Arkansas Promise,” a college scholarship program that will provide full tuition for any Arkansas student who maintains a 2.5 grade point average and attends college in state. The scholarship match would equal tuition costs at the highest four-year public university in Arkansas.

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