Author - Caleb Talley

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Drug Testing the Poor

By Caleb Talley  Arkansas is one of several states across the nation hoping to cut back on entitlement spending by implementing drug screening programs for welfare recipients and new applicants. In 2015, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers passed a bill establishing a two-year pilot drug...

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Sun Paper Expands Investment in South Arkansas

Boosted investment to create 100 additional jobs Shandong Sun Paper announced on Tuesday plans to increase its investment by $500 million in a planned paper mill in south Arkansas. New plans for the project would also increase estimated employment from 250 to 350 jobs. The facility, according to...

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Arkansas Lawmakers on Train That Hit Truck

GOP lawmakers and their aides reportedly unharmed A chartered Amtrak train carrying dozens of Republican lawmakers to a GOP policy retreat stuck a garbage truck in rural Virginia on Wednesday. Five Arkansas legislators were passengers on the train. No lawmakers were reported injured, though an...

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Cash & Candor: Plumbing New Depths

In Cash & Candor, Arkansas Money & Politics / AY Magazine Editor Caleb Talley aims to shoot it straight when it comes to business and politics in and around the Natural State. Talley comes to AMP by way of the Arkansas Delta, where he called balls and strikes at the Forrest City...

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Cash & Candor: Does Truth Matter?

In Cash & Candor, Arkansas Money & Politics / AY Magazine Editor Caleb Talley aims to shoot it straight when it comes to business and politics in and around the Natural State. Talley comes to AMP by way of the Arkansas Delta, where he spent the last two years calling balls and strikes at...

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Rutledge to Receive Sandra Wilson Cherry Award

Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge talks re-election, Trump and medical marijuana ahead of award dinner Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is this year’s recipient of the Sandra Wilson Cherry Award. The award will be presented by the Gaines House, of Little Rock, next month. The award is named...

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Cash & Candor: Is adequate enough?

On Tuesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveiled his proposal for a $5.62 billion budget for fiscal 2019, which begins July 1. Despite a conservative spin – touting a $100 million reduction from his previous proposal – the budget would actually increase state spending by more than $172 million. And...

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Taxes, Trump & Regulatory Burdens

Johnny Allison: “An exciting time to be in business” Home BancShares Inc., of Conway, was listed this week as “America’s Best Bank,” according to Forbes magazine. The financial institution, and parent company of Centennial Bank, topped the list of 100 of the country’s largest...