Monthly Archives: February 2012

Walmart Struggles With Apparel Sales, But Believes It Has A Niche

Written on February 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm, by

Bentonville-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently posted weaker same-store sales in its apparel division amid the busiest shopping season of the year.

Dillards To Buy Back $250 Million In Stock

Written on February 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm, by

Dillard’s, Inc. announced that the board of directors has approved an additional share repurchase program authorizing the company to repurchase up to $250 million of its Class A Common Stock.

Trucker Tax Cut Repeal Gets a Hail Mary Attempt

Written on February 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm, by

The action on the trucker tax cut repeal happened pretty fast this afternoon, but here is my best shot at  Continue Reading »

Reports Present Fuzzy Economic Picture At State, National Levels

Written on February 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm, by

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday (Feb. 29) that Arkansas and Mississippi were the only two states to see an increase in their 2011 average annual unemployment rate compared to 2010.

Beebe Announces 25 Appointments To Boards And Commissions

Written on February 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm, by

Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions: Kathy Burl, North Little Rock, reappointed to the  Continue Reading »

Big Shake-ups In Arkansas Congressional Races

Written on February 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm, by

Just as we predicted here at Cook’s Outlook, there are some surprises during this filing for office season, both with  Continue Reading »

Where’s The Beef? Setting A Record High For Prices

Written on February 29, 2012 at 12:19 am, by

This week, it is notable that the price of your favorite hamburger could be changing on the menu. Expect to pay more for two all-beef patties on a sesame seed bun.

Medicaid Takes Center Stage In Budget Debate, But It Is Likely To Star Longer

Written on February 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm, by

A new Medicaid budget shortfall estimate — disputed by Gov. Mike Beebe (D) — has state lawmakers advocating for a more aggressive budget approach.

Justice Fund Report Pinpoints 3 Reasons For Revenue Decline

Written on February 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm, by

Court officials released a special report that explains why the depleted Administration of Justice (AOJ) fund lost so much money in 2011 that Gov. Mike Beebe (D) has had to bail it out with emergency funds.

New Poll: Dismang And Rogers In Dead Heat

Written on February 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm, by

One of 2012′s hottest State Senate races looks to be a dead heat and voters in that district care more  Continue Reading »

Griffin Inquiry Renews Hope For Hawker Beechcraft Jobs

Written on February 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm, by

Last month, we reported that Cong. Tim Griffin (R-Little Rock) called into question the U.S. Air Force’s award of a contract to a foreign competitor of U.S.-based Hawker Beechcraft. The Air Force has backed off the decision and delayed its award pending an investigation.

Is Arkansas Ready To VoterUp?

Written on February 28, 2012 at 9:52 am, by

Are local political campaigns ready for the next technological leap?

Mountain Valley Inks Bottling Agreement

Written on February 28, 2012 at 9:45 am, by

Mountain Valley Spring Co. announced a new bottling agreement with TalkingRain Beverage Co. to produce that firm’s branded bottled water products.

Consumer Credit, Debt Reports Show Improvement

Written on February 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm, by

A report showing a decrease in housing-related debt and an increase in credit card and other forms of consumer debt is good news for the economy.

Arkansas Democrats Playing Offense in Legislative Races

Written on February 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm, by

State Democrats seem to be playing offense when it comes to retaining their majorities in the Legislature.  We’re in the  Continue Reading »

Clean & Green: Pulaski County Residents To See Major Recycling Change

Written on February 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm, by

For our central Arkansas audience, you’re likely to start seeing a major change in your curbside recycling program.

Democrat Q. Byrum Hurst Enters Fourth District Congressional Race

Written on February 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm, by

Democratic Party of Arkansas chairman Will Bond hinted last week that he expected a third Democrat to enter the Fourth District race besides D.C. Morrison and State Sen. Gene Jeffress.

Last Chance For Non-Budget Issues – Senate vs. House

Written on February 27, 2012 at 8:34 am, by

Today is the last chance for any non-budget issues to be taken up during the legislative session.  This is because  Continue Reading »

Minority Leader Burris Part of Youth Wave In Legislature

Written on February 26, 2012 at 8:06 am, by

John Lyon with the Arkansas News Bureau offers a profile of House Minority Leader Rep. John Burris (R-Harrison).

Arkansas Romney Chair Hopes Presidential Primary Ends Before Arkansas

Written on February 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm, by

Rep. Tim Griffin was one of the early Arkansas endorsers of Mitt Romney for President, along with Lieutenant Governor Mark  Continue Reading »