The Budget Showdown, Food Stamps, A Full Accounting at UA & More on ‘Arkansas Week’

Arkansas Week on AETN

8 p.m. Friday.

After an unusually long hiatus, I’m pleased to be back on AETN’s “Arkansas Week” tonight along with host Steve Barnes and fellow panelists Steve Brawner and Doug Thompson. Tonight, we assess the continuing budget/debt ceiling/Obamacare standoff in Washington D.C., the latest Mark Pryor/Tom Cotton skirmish, what’s next in the University of Arkansas Advancement Division deficit snafu, the continuing adventures of Paul Bookout/Mark Darr, the economy, bank mergers and more.

You can tune in at 8 p.m. tonight or catch the replay online right here¬†once it’s posted.

Update: Here’s the full show, embedded after the jump.

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The Farm Bill, Exxon’s Mayflower Oil Spill, Gay Marriage & More on ‘Arkansas Week’

Arkansas Week

Me, Steve Brawner, Michael Hibblen and Ernie Dumas.

At 8 p.m. on your local AETN station, I guest-host “Arkansas Week” with a top-notch panel of Arkansas journalists: independent reporters Steve Brawner and Ernie Dumas and KUAR-FM, 89, News Director Michael Hibblen.

On the docket tonight: a farm bill with an uncertain future approved in the House, new info on what might have caused the March ExxonMobile oil spill in Mayflower, a new argument for gay marriage, layoffs at Hewlett-Packard and more. You can watch at 8 p.m. tonight or right here right now at AETN.org.

From Bad to Worse for Martha Shoffner & More on ‘Arkansas Week’ Tonight

Arkansas Week on AETN

8 p.m. Friday.

With Steve Barnes out, they let me host another edition of AETN‘s “Arkansas Week,” which you check out at 8 p.m. tonight or later this afternoon at this link. Once again, a big thanks to Steve and the “Arkansas Week” crew for allowing me to fill in. And thanks today’s panelists — Michael Hibblen, Hoyt Purvis and Rick Fahr — for another great show.

On the docket tonight: Martha Shoffner’s baffling May 31 court appearance, which cleared the way to Wednesday’s 14-count indictment; state finances and unemployment; Gov. Mike Beebe’s dip into the rainy day fund to help college students; slumping lottery sales; Tom Cotton’s latest moves in Washington D.C.; and update from Mayflower, where we might be close to getting some answers about that oil spill.

Falcon Jet, Mark Pryor, Medicaid, the Housing Market and More on ‘Arkansas Week’

Arkansas Week

Steve Barnes, me, Michael Hibblen and Nathan Vandiver.

In this week’s edition of AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” me, KUAR-FM, 89.1′s Michael Hibblen and Nathan Vandiver and host Steve Barnes take a look a rapidly heating U.S. Senate race, the state of the state’s economy, another milestone in the Medicaid expansion and more. Plus: Steve has a conversation with Shane Broadway, interim director of the state Department of Higher Education.

You can watch the full episode right here.

Video: The Saturday Week in Review and ‘Arkansas Week’ on AETN

It’s time to take another look at the week that was in Arkansas Business. First, above, our weekly “Arkansas Business Week in Review,” which airs Saturday mornings on THV 11 News. We look back on a week chock full of Arkansas public company earnings and other developments.

Meanwhile, AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” we talk about the farm bill in Washington D.C., new developments in the Arkansas governor’s race, earnings season and the abortion law in court. You can watch the full episode — which features me, Rick Fahr, David Keith and host Steve Barnes – right here

Arkansas Week: Dustin McDaniel on ExxonMobile in Mayflower & Medicaid

On this week’s edition of AETN‘s “Arkansas Week,” Steve Barnes talks to Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel about ExxonMobil and the Mayflower oil spill. Plus, me, KUAR’s Michael Hibblen and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Doug Thompson discuss the Medicaid non-expansion expansion and gubernatorial/congressional politics.

You can watch the whole show right here.

Big River Steel & John Correnti, on the Whispers Blog

Right here, right now on the Arkansas Business Whispers Blog, some thoughts on the historic Big River Steel mill announcement and the man at the center of the deal, John Correnti.

Correnti’s had his share of hits and misses, which give some pause. Including maybe me.

Also: I’m on “Arkansas Week” at 8 p.m., with show veteran Michael Hibblen and newbie Steve Brawner. At the top of the half-hour: An interview with Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Grant Tennille, who might have a thing or two to talk about.

Arkansas Week Tonight: McDaniel, Shoffner, #ARLEG, Medicaid & Wal-Mart

Arkansas Week on AETN

8 p.m. Friday.

A packed, fast-paced show tonight on AETN’s “Arkansas Week.” I join host Steve Barnes and Michael Hibblen, news director of KUAR-FM, 89.1, in Little Rock and Dr. Price Dooley of the political science department of the University of Central Arkansas.

On the agenda, Dustin McDaniel’s “meet-the-press” moment, more woes for Martha Shoffner, the coming legislative session, the great Medicaid expansion debate, the week in Wal-Mart and Tom Cotton’s first days in Congress.

Lots to cover! You can watch at 8 p.m. tonight or right here as soon as the video is available.

Arkansas Week: The RNC, Mitt Romney And, Yes, Clint Eastwood

Watch Arkansas Week August 31, 2012 on PBS. See more from Arkansas Week.

Last Friday’s edition of AETN’s “Arkansas Week” is available to stream now, if you’d like to relive Nathan Vandiver, Hoyt Purvis, Steve Barnes and me puzzling over Clint Eastwood’s RNC floor show.

Also: Rick Crawford stays home, UAMS and St. Vincent consider a partnership and early talks of a $40 million per year tax cut for manufacturers.