Arkansas Business

Fayetteville's City Council in an August meeting on an anti-discrimination ordinance.
Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

An alderman in Fayetteville is ready to try again to put an anti-discrimination ordinance in place but a state senator in northwest Arkansas hopes to strip Fayetteville, and local governments statewide, from having the authority to pass such ordinances. 

Earlier this month voters in Fayetteville narrowly chose to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance designed to provide protection and recourse in housing, employment, and public accommodations to historically discriminated against populations - including LGBT people.   

Pig
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A national animal rights group is pressuring Arkansas-based Wal Mart to stop abusive animal practices by one of its pork suppliers. 

The group Mercy for Animals has been conducting undercover investigations of animal abuse at factory farms throughout North America over the last decade and a half. Their latest takes aim at Wal Mart pork supplier Seaboard Foods. At a press conference in Little Rock, Mercy for Animals spokesman Alan Darer detailed what one investigator found at a Seaboard farm in Yuma, Colorado.

Connect Arkansas Unveils Small Business Initiative

Nov 18, 2014

Connect Arkansas said it is conducting a statewide study among small- and medium-sized businesses to develop strategies to help those companies capitalize on the digital economy.

The project is a collaboration between Connect Arkansas, its parent company, Arkansas Capital Corp. Group, and broadband research firm Strategic Networks Group. Businesses with less than 100 employees are invited to participate.

Arkansas-Based Tyson Foods Tops $864 Million In Net Income

Nov 17, 2014
Tyson
Tyson Foods

Meat giant Tyson Foods recorded strong revenue growth and profits as it integrates its recent acquisition of Hillshire Brands into an already beefed up food conglomerate.

The Springdale-based protein company posted fourth quarter net income of $137 million, down from $261 million a year ago, on revenue of $10.105 billion. However, adjusted net income per share grew by 24% to 87 cents per share for the latest quarter, up from 70 cents per share for the 2013 fourth quarter.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s European business development director was introduced on Friday as honorary consul for the Czech Republic in Arkansas.

Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S., Petr Gandalovič, introduced Lenka Horakova into the office of the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic at a ceremony held Friday at the Governor’s Mansion.

A federal judge has sentenced a former northwest Arkansas developer to more than five years in prison. Brandon Barber was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Fort Smith after pleading guilty last year to bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and money laundering.

Federal prosecutors had accused Barber of concealing his assets and income after he filed for bankruptcy, as well as defrauding banks for loans to finance real estate projects.

Gloria Smith Canvasses To Get Out The Vote
PBS NewsHour

This story was jointly produced by KUAR's Jacob Kauffman with PBS NewsHour.

This election, voters in several states including Arkansas will go to the polls and vote on proposals to raise the state minimum wage.

The Arkansas rate is $6.25 an hour. The state is one of three with a rate below the federal minimum wage, and that has political groups out canvassing neighborhoods to get support for the increase.

A judge is giving Big River Steel more time to respond to a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the billion-dollar project from moving forward in northeast Arkansas.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes agreed Wednesday for a 28-day extension for the company to respond to the federal lawsuit filed by Nucor Steel. The lawsuit seeks to block Big River Steel from building its $1.3 billion steel mill south of Osceola and also seeks a revocation of the company's air permit issued by the state.

Protesters in the Street
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

As part of a nationwide strike, about 50 to 100 protestors gathered outside a McDonalds in downtown Little Rock Thursday, demanding higher pay for fast-food workers. Little Rock Police say 11 of the protesters, who blocked off a portion of Broadway Street, were arrested for disorderly conduct after refusing to move back onto the sidewalk. 36-year old Twanna Scales is a divorced mother of three and works at the McDonalds on Broadway. She said the tactic of blocking traffic is meant to get people talking.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Environmental Protection Agency’s draft of a rule to cut the nation’s power plant emissions by a rate of 30 percent by 2030 has the state’s utilities, business leaders and environmental groups at odds. Thursday, those stakeholders presented their differing views on how Arkansas fits into the national goal of lowering emissions.

Teresa Marks, director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, welcomed the various stakeholders for a meeting focusing on the economic impacts of the drafted rule.

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