Arkansas News

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Insurance Exchange Funds

Arkansas lawmakers have narrowly approved a $10.6 million grant to continue operating the insurance marketplace under the federal health overhaul, despite objections from some legislators over the law’s rocky start. The Arkansas Legislative Council approved the grant on a 21-18 …

LAMMICO Declares 10.5% Dividend for Medical Liability Policyholders

The board of directors of medical professional liability insurer, LAMMICO, has declared another dividend for all policyholders in Louisiana and Arkansas, marking the seventh time since 2008 the company has authorized the payment of a dividend to its insureds. The …

Heavy Snow Damages Docks on North Arkansas Lakes

Authorities in north Arkansas say a dock collapse on Lake Norfork does not pose an immediate threat of contamination to the lake. Henderson Fire Chief Rodney May says the weight of snow and ice caused the roof of a boat …

Little Rock, Arkansas Police Work 124 Accidents on Slick Roads

Little Rock, Ark., police say they’ve worked 124 vehicle accidents since wintry weather hit the state on Dec. 6. The police department says 60 accidents involved damages of more than $1,000, while 64 accidents had damages estimated at less than …

Legal Fallout Continues over Arkansas Oil Leak

Lawsuits and alleged safety violations are mounting against Exxon Mobil Corp. following the rupture eight months ago of a pipeline that spilled thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas. Since Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled the …

India-Based Company Fined $77K for Amputation Hazards at Arkansas Plant

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Welspun Tubular LLC in Little Rock, Ark., for two safety and health violations for exposing workers to possible amputation hazards at its Little Rock facility. The proposed penalty …

OSHA Fines Trucking Company $113K After Worker Fatality in Arkansas

Sherman Brothers Trucking Inc., doing business as Team Transport Inc., has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 11 safety and health violations and fined $113,400 following the death of a worker at …

Oklahoma City Firm to Receive $113M Insurance Payment from Blast

Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries Inc. will get a $113 million insurance payment after a May 2012 explosion damaged one of its chemical plants in south Arkansas. No one was injured in the blast at the El Dorado Chemical Co. plant …

Arkansas Judge OKs Class-Action Status in Marlboro Lights Suit

A judge in Arkansas has granted class-action status to a lawsuit that claims Philip Morris USA deliberately exaggerated the safety of its Marlboro Lights cigarettes. Attorneys for Philip Morris had argued that any lawsuits should be filed individually, but Pulaski …

Dovetail Insurance Offering NetComp to Small Businesses in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas

Dovetail Insurance announced it is now offering its NetComp workers’ compensation insurance to small businesses in Arkansas, Iowa and Kansas. The product is available through independent agents. Dovetail’s insurance products are not new to the these states; the company already …