The unemployment rate in Arkansas in October was 6 percent, down from 6.2 percent the month before. The workforce also grew by 9,400 jobs, putting the total working up over the same month a year ago. /more/
Good news from today's jobs reportwith nonfarm payrolls growing by 248,000 jobs in September. The unemployment rate is now 5.9 percent, the lowest it's been in more than six years. Today marks the first time the nation has ever recorded a four-year straight period of positive employment growth. Doesn't look like Obamacare is ruining the economy so far! Will the good news help Democrats or incumbents in November? /more/
The Department of Finance and Administration yesterday announced that a sales tax enacted by voters in Crittenden County for “repairing, improving, renovating, equipping, operating and maintaining” Crittenden Regional Hospital will not be collected. CRH closed and filed for bankruptcy last month. The Crittenden County Circuit Court last Friday issued an order enjoining collection of the one percent county-wide sales tax. /more/
Sen. Mark Pryor, along with Republicans Sen. John Boozman, Rep. Steve Womack and Rep. Tim Griffin, were on hand today in Rogers to announce a $600,000 federal grant for the World Trade Center Arkansas, an affiliate of the University of Arkansas. The federal money will be used "to expand its outreach services to diversify and strengthen the state’s economy," according to the university. The funds were available via the Economic Development Administration, which Tom Cotton voted to abolish. /more/
At a lunchtime panel today on energy policy, Cotton devoted most of his time to criticizing Obama's energy and climate policy. But he also acknowledged that there just might possibly be a relationship between a warming planet and the activities of mankind, albeit in the most qualified and circumspect way. /more/
A New York investment group that owns the operating leases for the Doubletree Hotel has struck a deal to sell its interest to another New York investment group and it will bring in a new management firm.
TC Edwards had hundreds of friends. If you were among them or even somewhere on the periphery, your Facebook feed has been dominated this week by tributes and photos and news of benefit concerts. Here's an attempt at a roundup of everything that's out there, with a focus on all the things you can do or attend.
Last night, dozens of friends of TC Edwards, the Little Rock musician and man on the scene who was found murdered Dec. 7, marched in his memory, chanting "Justice for TC" and "TC is metal" as they walked from Pizza D' Action up Kavanaugh.
Recently, a trove of band business cards from the golden era of Arkansas garage bands was discovered and put on eBay. I was able to purchase some of them, including one by a little known 1960s garage band from Little Rock named The Mercenaries. Their record, on the cult favorite MY records label based in Little Rock, was released in early 1967. Their songs, including the atmospheric and heavy “Things Found Here” along with the psychedelic tinged “Take It All” are obscure even by garage rock standards. They were not featured on the 1999 Butler Center MY records compilation and their story has not been told before
Asa Hutchinson has announced that former state Rep. Allen Kerr of Little Rock will be the insurance commissioner in his administration, succeeding Jay Bradford, and that Sheila Sharp will remain as director of the Department of Community Correction.