Arkansas Business

History & Culture In Helena-West Helena
7:04 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part Two

The Delta Cultural Center on Cherry Street in downtown Helena.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Helena-West Helena is part of Phillips County in the Arkansas Delta. According to U.S. Census data, the county’s population decreased over 17 percent in the last ten years, which means by some estimates the population is less than half of what it was in the 1950s. However, new community-led efforts in Helena-West Helena seek to make the area’s history and culture a catalyst for investment and growth.

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Local & Regional News
5:35 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Next Step Is Signatures For Arkansas Steel Plant

The $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill that's planned for Osceola could be under construction later this year, but a number of things have to happen before dirt can be turned for the superproject. 

The plant is awaiting rulings from two state regulators and it still must get signatures from financial backers and state officials before work can start.

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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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Community Development In Helena-West Helena
7:01 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part One

Tommie Gause at Freedom Park in Helena-West Helena.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

The City of Helena-West Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas is no stranger to the hardships that have plagued many communities across the country during the economic downturn.

High unemployment, a struggling education system, political upheaval, a crumbling infrastructure, and even unresolved racial inequalities were once the hallmarks of this unified city in the impoverished Arkansas Delta. However, new research findings show some positive demographic trends and community development projects have some residents saying Helen-West Helena is finally making a comeback.

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Local & Regional News
6:12 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Arkansas Tax Cut Package Includes Special Breaks For Some

Gov. Mike Beebe
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

All taxpayers in Arkansas will see their rates reduced through a $140 million package adopted during this year's session, but the new laws also include special breaks for varied interests.

Volunteer firefighters, manufacturers, farmers and armed service members are among the groups to see additional breaks through the dozen tax cut bills that legislators approved and Gov. Mike Beebe signed into law before wrapping up the session last week. 

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Peabody Changes Brands
7:56 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Peabody Hotel In Little Rock To Become Marriott Next Week

Peabody Hotel in Little Rock.

Officials say the Peabody Hotel in downtown Little Rock will switch over to the Marriott brand next week.

Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Gretchen Hall says the changeover will happen Wednesday.

Hall says the Peabody's signature ducks will take their last march in Little Rock within the next week.

In December, the Advertising and Promotion Commission signed an agreement to lease the Peabody to a Tennessee-based investment company, which settled on the Marriott brand. 

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Senators Seek Security, Economic Reforms
5:15 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Boozman And Pryor Discuss Boston Bombings, Sales Tax On Internet Purchases

left to right: Mark Pryor and John Boozman

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says lawmakers must take a closer look at the nation’s visa system. He says his colleagues also have to make sure intelligence and security agencies are sharing important information that could stop future attacks.

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Local & Regional News
5:34 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Little Rock Board Must Decide Whether To Overturn Mayor's Zoning Veto

The Little Rock Board of Directors is deciding whether or not to challenge Mayor Mark Stodola’s veto of its approval for the recent zoning proposal.

The zoning request would allow an RV and boat storage facility on residential property near Pinnacle Mountain. At-Large Director Joan Adcock, says the development would have benefited park visitors, by providing storage for their boats and RVs. 

Mayor Stodola felt overriding the decision was necessary to protect the natural beauty of the area. "Highway 300 out by Pinnacle Mountain is a very scenic area" said Stodola. 

Tyson Food Donation
6:30 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Tyson Foods Makes Major Food Donation To Arkansas Pantry

Tyson World Headquarters
Credit Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods has donated more than 27,000 pounds of chicken to the Arkansas Rice Depot. 

The donation to the statewide food bank arrived Wednesday. Arkansas Rice Depot President and CEO Laura Rhea says the donation is essential to help the food bank support dozens of pantries and thousands of people in every Arkansas county. She says the group distributes 9 million pounds of food each year.

Tyson Foods officials say meat is one of the most-requested and least-available foods in food banks. The company says it has donated tens of millions of pounds of meat since 2000.  

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U.S. Postal Service
3:47 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Boozman And Pryor Approve Of Decision To Keep Saturday Mail Delivery

U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service has dropped plans to end Saturday mail delivery this summer, due to a measure passed by Congress last month that barred U.S.P.S. officials from making such a move.

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says efforts to curb mail delivery from six days a week to five would have hurt rural communities in the state.

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