Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, admitted Tuesday that he had an "inappropriate" and "limited interaction" with a Hot Springs attorney in 2011.
The revelation is part of an ongoing domestic dispute in Garland County Circuit Court between Andrea L. "Andi" Davis and her estranged husband, Frederick N. "Fred" Day, two Hot Springs residents involved in a divorce and child custody case. In a court filing on Oct. 31, Day accused Davis of having "sexual relations with Attorney General of the State of Arkansas Dustin McDaniel in 2011 or 2012."
McDaniel, who said he will remain a candidate for governor, said, "I had limited interaction with her in 2011, some of which I regret to say was inappropriate." Davis declined to comment to the media.
OKLAHOMA CHARGES AGAINST WINDSTREAM DROPPED
An Oklahoma bribery and conspiracy indictment brought in August against Little Rock-based Windstream Corp. has been dismissed. On Wednesday, Windstream and the state of Oklahoma entered into an agreement to dismiss the bribery and conspiracy charges. Windstream will pay $100,000 to the Broken Arrow school foundation as part of the deal.
The charges stemmed from a grand jury investigation in which Windstream was accused of conspiring with a former Oklahoma school superintendent to receive benefits related to an account Windstream previously held.
RHEEM TO LAYOFF 100 IN FORT SMITH
Officials with Rheem have confirmed a layoff of 100 jobs at its Fort Smith operation by Jan. 11. A company spokesperson said the layoffs were "cyclical in nature."
"We’ve announced a layoff of 75-100 hourly employees, effective Jan. 11, 2013, as a result of seasonal adjustments in volume," said Rheem spokesperson Lindsey Ford. "Today’s adjustment is consistent with annual staffing changes at this time of year. Rheem is constantly evaluating its employment needs for competitiveness, and we will make staffing modifications in the future as market conditions change."
WORLD LEADERS MEET IN LITTLE ROCK
A group of former democratically elected heads of state from all over the world were in Little Rock on Monday and Tuesday as part of a conference on economic and political empowerment for women. The dignitaries, members of the Club de Madrid and the P80 Group Foundation, brought their annual conference to Little Rock at the request of former President Bill Clinton.
"We all know that women empowerment has still a long way to go in several parts of the world, practically everywhere, and it’s an issue of growing importance," said Club de Madrid President Wim Kok, a former prime minister of The Netherlands.
DELTA LEADER SEES BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD
Small businesses are the key to transforming the Delta’s economy and one regional leader said it’s time to "double-down" on these investments. Appearing on this week’s edition of Talk Business, Chris Masingill, federal co-chair of the Delta Regional Authority, said a recent study that shows small businesses have been the catalyst for smaller job gains in the impoverished Delta region underscores the need for resources to be dedicated to these efforts.
"The study reinforces what a lot of us have been saying," Masingill said. "Small businesses are the real building blocks for our economy. This report really emphasizes that and every small rural community in our part of the country can have a strategy and a plan to grow small businesses."
JOBS FAIR FOR HAWKER BEECHCRAFT EMPLOYEES HELD
Hundreds of Hawker Beechcraft employees attended a jobs fair aimed at helping them find future employment last week. The event was held at the former Aerospace Education Center near the Clinton National Airport.
Hawker announced in early November that it would lay off most of its completion center employees and close a services center in Little Rock as part of a work force reduction stemming from the aircraft manufacturer’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As many as 240 workers in Hawker facilities in Arkansas and Kansas were affected by the work force reduction.
DELTA DENTAL ADDS THREE TO BOARD
Delta Dental of Arkansas added three members to its board of directors. The new board members are Dr. Troy Bartels of Jonesboro, Wayne Callahan of Rogers and Sarah Clark of Fayetteville.
Bartels is a practicing dentist in Jonesboro. Callahan is the president of Global Walmart Business for H.J. Heinz Company. Clark, a former Walmart executive, is the executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Fayetteville-based Mitchell Communications Group.
Roby Brock, a freelance journalist based in Little Rock, writes weekly for the Arkansas News Bureau. His weekly television program airs at 10 p.m. Sundays in Central and Northwest Arkansas. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org; his Web site address is www.talkbusiness.net <http://www.talkbusiness.net> .