Layoffs at the Welspun pipe plant in Little Rock are a reminder of the folly of corporate welfare and the inability of Arkansas to separate itself from global economic forces. See the Fayetteville shale. And keep a watchful eye on that Sun Paper pulp mill proposed near Arkadelphia.
Melinda Gwin, 49, of Hamburg has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to repay $210,875 stolen from the First National Bank of Crossett. She was sentenced in El Dorado federal court, according to a Justice Department news release.
Gov. Mike Beebe has named his chief deputy, Lamar Davis, to the seat on the Arkansas Public Service Commission vacated by Chair Colette Honorable, who's joined the Federal Energy RegulatoryCommission. He'll serve through Jan. 14, 2017.