Arkansas News

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 …

Arkansas Sees Sharpest Drop in Uninsured Rate in the Nation

A Gallup report released on Aug. 5 shows that Arkansas outpaced the rest of the country in reducing the rate of residents without health insurance during the first six months of 2014, the Arkansas governor’s office reported. Arkansas’s uninsured rate …

Dhandho Acquiring Louisiana’s Stonetrust Commercial Mutual Insurance

Stonetrust Commercial Mutual Insurance Holding Co. announced it has agreed to be acquired by Dhandho Holdings LP and Dhandho Holdings Qualified Purchaser LP, based in Irvine, Calif. Stonetrust is a Louisiana-based mutual insurance holding company and the parent company of …

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 …