Arkansas News

Federal Disaster Declarations to Help Farmers in 10 Arkansas Counties

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties who suffered losses due to storms that began in the affected areas June 29. Vilsack issued disaster declarations in response to flood …

Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme

A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Earl …

CPro Associates Spin-Off Concentrating on Commercial Insurance Business

Dallas-based CPro Associates has spun off its binding authority and programs unit as a new company, B&H Risk Services Inc., headed by William E. Buckley. Buckley joined CPro in late 2013 to form and develop the new business unit. B&H focuses …

Standridge Pleads Guilty in Arkansas to Premium Finance-Related Fraud

A Mount Ida, Ark., man has pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud and prosecutors say he’ll serve five years in prison followed by supervised release and must pay back more than $7 million in restitution. But federal prosecutors …

5 Companies Filing 2015 Plans on Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford announced that five companies have filed to sell individual health insurance plans on Arkansas’ Federally-facilitated health insurance Marketplace for the 2015 plan year. The issuers filing for qualified health plan certification are: Arkansas Blue Cross …

Report: Healthy Midwest Economic Growth Expected

A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states inched up in May, suggesting healthy economic growth is coming over the next three to six months, according to a report released. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to …

Technology Changing Perceptions of Tornadoes, Damages

Experts say that advances in technology, particularly social media, are changing how people watch for severe weather and how quickly images of the damage can be shared. John Robinson, the warning coordinator for the National Weather Service’s Little Rock office, …

Arkansas Governor: $68.7M in Damage Claims Following Tornadoes

The office of Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says $68.7 million in damage claims have been filed for individual and commercial entities in Faulkner, Pulaski, Randolph and White Counties following the April 27 tornadoes. The tornadoes are blamed for 16 deaths …

Oklahoma Lawsuit Filed in Arkansas Chemical Plant Blast

The operator of a south Arkansas chemical plant that exploded in 2012 has filed a federal lawsuit in Oklahoma against a French company that supplied industrial gas for the facility, arguing that the supplier is responsible for more than $100 …

President Says Government to Help Arkansas Rebuild After Storms

Surveying the remnants of nature’s destructive power in the country’s midsection, President Barack Obama on May 7 pledged to residents of tornado-ravaged Arkansas communities that their government will stand with them until they finish rebuilding. Obama said he wanted to …