Arkansas News

Two Arkansas Firms Cited by OSHA; Fines Total More than $123K

Two Arkansas-based companies have been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for workplace safety violations. Combined penalties proposed by OSHA for the two firms total $123,100. Custom design and packaging manufacturer AGE Industries Ltd. …

Arkansas Hospital Survey: More Patients Have Insurance

A survey of Arkansas hospitals found the number of patients without insurance was down during the first half of 2014 and the state’s expansion of the Medicaid program under the “private option” is said to be the reason. The Arkansas …

Cocaine Residue Found on Arkansas Man’s Insurance Card

Jonesboro, Ark., police have arrested a man who they say handed an officer an insurance card covered in cocaine residue during a traffic stop. The Jonesboro Sun reports 31-year-old Shannon Ray of Jonesboro was charged with several drug charges. Officer Blake …

Storms Hammer Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas

A powerful storm system swept across Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma late on Sunday and early Monday, killing at least one person and injuring four others, emergency officials said, as millions of people were in the path of hurricane-force winds and …

Neighbor’s Toxic Spill in Leads to Home Evacuations in North Little Rock

Some families in North Little Rock, Ark., have been forced to evacuate their homes after a hazardous chemical spill in a neighbor’s backyard. Fire Chief Jim Murphy tells KATV-TV the homes were evacuated after a homeowner’s son accidentally knocked over …

$1.6M in Preparedness Grants Go to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Emergency management agencies in five states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency announced. In Arkansas, the grants total $149,515 and …

Outlook for Texas-Based Columbia Lloyds Insurance Revised to Stable

A.M. Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and the issuer credit ratings of “bbb” of the members of Houston, Texas-based Columbia Lloyds Companies: Columbia Lloyds Insurance Company and its wholly owned and …

Launch of State-Run Health Insurance Exchange Delayed in Arkansas

A nonprofit created by the Arkansas legislature has decided to delay establishing a state-run health insurance exchange until 2016 to avoid a rush to build the technology system for it. The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board had hoped to establish …

Ex-Workers Sue Closed Arkansas Hospital over Unpaid Insurance Premiums

Former workers at a closed Arkansas hospital have filed a lawsuit, claiming administrators withheld part of their pay for insurance but didn’t pay the premiums. The lawsuit was filed by Denny Sumpter, a West Memphis attorney and former state representative …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Lewis Director of Regional Sales

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies promoted Jim Lewis to director of regional sales for the central region of the country. Lewis will oversee sales operations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin. Prior to his …