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Flood Insurance Hikes to Affect Thousands in Arkansas

More than half of flood insurance policyholders in the tiny northern Arkansas city of Norfork face premium increases, but Mayor Jim Reeves says the hardship will be felt by everyone. Norfork, population 500 and change, is located at the confluence …

$1.2B Judgment Against Drug Maker Voided by Arkansas Supreme Court

The Arkansas Supreme Court overturned a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit challenging the drug maker’s marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The agreement was the third-largest settlement with a drug maker in U.S. history. The …

Ark. Lt. Gov. Darr Rebuffs Calls to Resign Amid Ethics Scandal

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe called on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign amid a campaign finance scandal but was rebuffed by his Republican second-in-command, who said he wanted to make “things right” with the people of Arkansas. Darr is a …

Arkansas Works to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug overdoses account for about one death per day in Arkansas and state officials are working with educators, health providers and law enforcement to bring down abuse rates. Alcohol remains the most commonly abused drug, but reducing prescription drug …

Arkansas Doctor Convicted in Bombing Resentenced to Life

A resentencing proceeding for a former doctor convicted in the bombing of the leader of the Arkansas Medical Board left him with his original life sentence but afforded his lawyer a chance to again claim his client is innocent. Randeep …

Top US Ag Negotiator: Farm Exports Likely Down $1B

America’s top agricultural negotiator, speaking in Stuttgart, Akr., said that he expects farm exports to be down between $1 billion and $2 billion this year because of the drought. The tighter supply of grains, and the resulting higher price of …

Arkansas Rice Farmers Sue Texas Company Over Hybrid Rice

A group of Arkansas rice farmers has sued a company that produces hybrid seed, claiming that RiceTec Inc. supplied them with seed that produced an inferior crop and sometimes didn’t grow well enough to be harvested. The lawsuit was filed …

Baldor Electric to Pay $2M to Settle Bias Investigation

Fort Smith, Ark.-based Baldor Electric Co. has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a discrimination allegation by the U.S. Labor Department, but the company denied bias in its hiring practices. The Labor Department alleged the company blocked nearly 800 …

Oklahoma Supreme Court Overturns $10M Tyson Verdict

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has tossed a $10 million jury verdict against Tyson Foods Inc., granting the company’s request for a new trial based on allegations of juror misconduct and a mistake on interpreting the law. Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods …

Deadline at Hand in $750M Rice Settlement

Rice growers who lost sales after genetically modified rice seed mistakenly entered the U.S. market five years ago have until today to sign on to a $750 million settlement proposed by the company blamed for the problem. More than 10,000 …