Arkansas News

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 …

Stolen Statues Now Returned to Little Rock Park

Little Rock, Ark., authorities say three stolen sculptures worth nearly $30,000 have been returned. The city’s Parks and Recreation director says a couple found the artwork in the morning on Aug. 31 at the Riverfront Park sculpture garden where they were …

Report: Midwest Economy Still Strong, Growth to Continue

The economy remained strong in nine Midwest and Plains states in August, and a monthly survey of business leaders released Sept. 2 suggests growth will continue in the months ahead. The region’s overall economic index inched up to 57.2 last …

Metal Sculptures Worth $30K Stolen from Little Rock Park

Little Rock, Ark., authorities say three sculptures worth $30,000 have been stolen from Riverfront Park. The city’s Parks and Recreation director says he believes the statues were taken at night on Aug. 28. They’re made of bronze with copper detail and …

Expert: Renewed Calls for Safety Will Follow Arkansas Train Collision

A deadly head-on train collision in Arkansas proves more needs to be done to improve safety, but implementing fixes industrywide likely won’t occur before a federal deadline, a transportation expert said. Two Union Pacific crew members were killed and two …

Class Action OK’d in Lawsuit Against Exxon over Arkansas Oil Spill

Class action status has been granted in a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil stemming from a 2013 pipeline accident in Mayflower. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller in Little Rock ruled in favor of Arnez and Charletha Harper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. …

Arkansas Sees Growth in Agricultural Tourism

Agritourism is growing in Arkansas as more farm owners open their gates to tourists and form a spiderweb-like network among several state agencies and nonprofit organizations. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, “U-Pick Farms” and vineyard tours in Arkansas’ wine country are …