Arkansas Business headlines for Monday, April 18

Lance Turner with Arkansas Business has a look at your headlines for Monday morning.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas legislature will try again this week to resolve a budget standoff over Medicaid expansion.

The legislature meets tomorrow after a four-day weekend.

The General Assembly took a break after the budget for the state's Medicaid program stalled before the Senate and lawmakers deadlocked over an alternate plan to fund the hybrid expansion.

The subsidized insurance program, once called the "private option" but now known as "Arkansas Works," covers more than 250,000 people.

But its fate remains in limbo today, along with talks on the state's $5.3 billion budget for the coming year.

Arkansas Tech University in Russellville on Saturday officially dedicated its new $15 million academic and administrative building.

The building is called "Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Hall," named for ATU's 11th university president and his wife.

The four-story, nearly 67,000-square-foot building includes classrooms and conference rooms, as well as offices for admissions, the registrar, financial aid and more.

Construction began in spring 2014.

Dunkin' Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, is placing its hopes for revenue growth on expanding its footprint, and new Dunkin' Donuts stores in Arkansas are part of that plan.

That's according to CEO Nigel Travis.

Travis was in Little Rock in late March to view the company's operations.

In Arkansas, there are 25 Baskin-Robbins outlets and seven Dunkin' Donuts, with seven more Dunkin' Donuts and two more Baskin-Robbins in the works.

In all, the company has more than 11,000 Dunkin' Donuts stores in 40 countries.


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