LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- Wall Street drifts downward to begin the week. The new year came out of the gate fast on positive earnings report from the last fiscal quarter. Analysts say a pause in the market shouldn't be unexpected.
The Big River Steel plant to be built in Osceola has garnered plenty of attention, but it's getting a special look from the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus.
The group says the plant not having a requirement to hire African-American workers is discouraging, especially with state money being used to fund the plant.
Grant Tenille, the director of Arkansas Economic Development which helped bring the plant to Arkansas, says adding quotas could sink the deal, but it was up to the Legislature to pursue it any further.
Governor Mike Beebe says it will be an uphill battle to get a three-fourths majority of the Legislature to approve his plan for Medicaid expansion, but he doesn't want to wait another year for the vote.
Some House and Senate leaders have hinted they'd like to hold off on the vote until the Legislature's budget session, set to convene next year.
Beebe did sign into law a bill allowing concealed-carry gun owners to bring their weapons into church with them, as long as the church says it's okay.
Another bill has been filed in the House requiring churches who allow concealed-carry to post signs alerting worshippers to the fact. Beebe says he'd sign that bill too.
A University of Arkansas study estimates Razorback athletics has an annual statewide economic impact of $153.5 million annually.
A proposed renovation of the north end zone at Razorback Stadium could generate an additional $239.7 million, according to the UA study. The cost for completing the proposed stadium project was originally estimated at $78-95 million.
Researchers at the UA's Center for Business and Economic Research conducted the study during the 2011-12 academic year.
And finally, are you interested in buying a Masonic Temple?
If so, you may want to talk to the Bell Point Lodge and Western Scottish Rite lodge, who says the historic building in downtown Fort Smith is up for sale.
Masons say maintenance on the 84-year-old building has become too expensive. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 and is listed for sale for $750,000.