Mark Friedman, Arkansas Business

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Recent articles by Mark:

Total Compensation Rises for Dillard Family Members

Nearly all of the Dillard family members who work at Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock saw their total compensation skyrocket in the most recent fiscal year. → Read More

Sources: Amazon Coming to the Port of Little Rock

The online retailer is in the process of building an approximately 3 million-SF center at the port, sources told Arkansas Business. The building is expected to have four levels, each being about 850,000 SF. → Read More

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center Announces Furloughs

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center of Harrison will furlough about 35 workers to cut expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Baptist Health to Begin Furloughing Workers

Baptist Health will begin furloughing workers this week, an attempt to slash costs as patients cancel procedures and testing, creating “a serious financial strain” on the state's largest health care system. → Read More

Pricing Battle Knocks Pediatrix Out of UnitedHealthcare

The Pediatrix Medical Group of Arkansas will be kicked out of UnitedHealthcare's network starting May 1 if an agreement isn't reached on prices for medical services. → Read More

All in the Family: 4 Sisters Accused Of $11.5M Fraud

A federal grand jury in Arkansas has charged the sisters, who are all in their 70s, with cheating the U.S. Department of Agriculture out of millions of dollars intended for minority farmers who had suffered discrimination in USDA programs. → Read More

LR Men Plead Guilty to Wire Fraud Conspiracy, Costing CTEH $560,000

Two former employees of CTEH of North Little Rock pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to a $560,000 scheme that involved selling their employer's cell phones online and keeping the proceeds. → Read More

Website Tracks Financial Health of Hospitals

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement unveiled a website last week to help people track the financial health of Arkansas hospitals, a move that comes during a time of struggle for rural hospitals. → Read More

Will Arkansas Have Enough Gamblers?

When the Quapaw Nation opened its gambling parlor in Pine Bluff four months ago, the Saracen Annex created new competition for casinos in Hot Springs and West Memphis and raised a new question: Is Arkansas' gambling market already saturated? → Read More

Simmons Bank Shouting Name From Rooftops

Verizon Arena in North Little Rock officially became Simmons Bank Arena on Oct. 3, marking the latest effort by the Pine Bluff bank to build brand visibility in central Arkansas. → Read More

Complex Path Led Dr. Benjamin Carlyle into Deep Debt

A Searcy doctor with millions of dollars of debt and a troubled history with state regulators now confronts his latest nightmare: A lender has accused Dr. Benjamin Carlyle of submitting false financial statements to obtain loans. → Read More

Conway Regional Adding Services, Residents

As Conway Regional Health System undertakes a $60 million capital project, it also is focusing on expanding in other areas. → Read More

Disturbing Past Rises to Haunt Dr. Lonnie Parker

An Arkansas physician who rehabilitated his image, regaining his medical license after going to federal prison on a child pornography charge, is now charged with a felonious relapse — this time accused of overprescribing opioids and other controlled substances. → Read More

Judge Tosses Homeowner's $1.1M Insurance Claim

A federal judge recently sided with an insurance company against a Crawford County man who said he had amassed nearly $600,000 worth of furnishings in less than five years between bankruptcy and a catastrophic house fire. → Read More

Recovery Patients' No-Pay Work Comes Back to Haunt Hendren

A Washington County judge offered Levi Crowe a choice in 2016: a drug recovery program or jail. It was an easy choice, but Crowe had no idea that recovery would include working full time for no pay. → Read More

Business Worry: Will Gunfire Victims Sue?

A couple wounded last month in a mass shooting at a Texas Walmart filed suit against the Bentonville retailer, becoming the latest shooting victims to sue a business for failing to protect them. → Read More

Heileman Cattle Family Feud Includes Charges of Fraud, Larceny

A family cattle business in Poinsett County ended in a multimillion-dollar bankruptcy last year, and now one of its owners is being accused of fraud. → Read More

In Jacksonville, A Hospital Closes Leaving City in the Lurch

The closure Wednesday of North Metro Medical Center in Jacksonville has left the Pulaski County city without an emergency room and, in its place, confusing statements about the hospital's future. → Read More

Texarkana Says Own Sales Tax Fails Constitutional Test

Texarkana, Arkansas, is in an awkward position: arguing that its own tax is unconstitutional. → Read More

Walmart Sex Bias Case Dealt Blow

A federal judge in Florida ruled earlier this month that 79 women with claims of sex discrimination against Walmart must file their cases against the Bentonville retailer as individual lawsuits, rather than as a group. → Read More