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42 physicians in state head Medicare list

posted: 04/13/2014 5:06 a.m. Comments 6

Oncologists, rheumatologists and ophthalmologists topped the list of Arkansas physicians who received the highest total Medicare payments in 2012, according to a review of federal data released last week.

Can’t take all youths’ DNA, agency told

posted: 04/03/2014 5:01 a.m. Comments 2

A Division of Youth Services practice that required taking DNA from juvenile delinquents who committed any felony “appears unwarranted” and is not authorized by state law, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office said in an opinion released Wednesday.

FBI has DNA on 655 minors

posted: 03/18/2014 4:41 a.m. Discuss

At least 655 children who committed juvenile offenses during the past decade not only had their DNA obtained without any legal authority, but their genetic identifiers also slipped past state Crime Laboratory safeguards and into an FBI database.

Call, tap database delved in drug case

posted: 03/15/2014 4:08 a.m. Discuss

A government unit that compiles millions of phone and wiretap records and other information obtained by federal law enforcement, intelligence agencies and some foreign governments was used in the investigation of a Mexican drug cartel’s activities in Arkansas, a federal agent testified Friday.

Constable sentenced to 46 months

posted: 03/14/2014 3:18 a.m. Comments 5

A Phillips County constable, elected despite being a felon, was sentenced Thursday to nearly four years in prison on a weapons charge stemming from the discovery of a hoard of more than 50 firearms, including unregistered machine guns, at his home.

Idled wheels choke icy interstates

posted: 03/05/2014 5:22 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Ice-covered interstates stranded thousands of motorists across eastern Arkansas on Tuesday, causing miles-long traffic backups on the state’s major thoroughfares and prompting the Arkansas State Police to request help from the Arkansas National Guard.

3 youths’ DNA in FBI database

posted: 02/23/2014 5:33 a.m. Discuss

DNA samples of at least three youths were put into an FBI database for felons and violent offenders, even though those children shouldn’t have had genetic samples taken from them in the first place, the director of the state Crime Laboratory confirmed last week.

Collection of youths’ DNA called spotty

posted: 02/09/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

An analysis of Arkansas Department of Human Services public data indicates that the agency hasn’t followed its own interpretation of state DNA-collection law regarding youthful offenders, the state’s juvenile-justice ombudsman said last week.

Opinion awaited on DNA collecting

posted: 02/06/2014 5:12 a.m. Comments 2

State juvenile-justice officials said Wednesday that they are awaiting an opinion from Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office to decide whether to continue a DNA collection practice that a judge has already ruled unlawful in the case of one child.

Collector partially reclaims property

posted: 02/04/2014 3:13 a.m. Comment 1

A prominent North Little Rock businessman and memorabilia collector said Monday that the FBI allowed him to take back some but not all of the items that federal agents confiscated from his home and business last week.

State collection of youth’s DNA ruled unlawful

posted: 01/26/2014 4:48 a.m. Comment 1

The staff at Arkansas’ largest juvenile lockup didn’t abide by state law when it took DNA from a boy last year, according to a copy of a judge’s order issued last week.

Texas felons facing federal gun counts

posted: 01/09/2014 4:50 a.m. Discuss

Two men accused of shooting at police in Mississippi and committing a robbery in Helena-West Helena late last year now face federal gun charges in Arkansas, court filings show.

Helena’s police chief sets exit date

posted: 01/08/2014 5:25 a.m. Discuss

Helena-West Helena Police Chief Uless Wallace said Tuesday that he plans to retire near the end of the year after leading the city’s Police Department for a little more than three years.

Judge accepts guilty plea in ricin case

posted: 01/04/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge Thursday formally accepted the guilty plea of Shannon Richardson, a Texas actress who admitted last month to mailing ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a Washington, D.C.-based, gun-control advocate.

Broke state’s election laws, Hallum says

posted: 12/31/2013 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Former state Rep. Hudson Hallum admitted in documents released Monday that he violated several state election laws during and after his 2011 special election campaign, including incorrectly reporting a $50,000 contribution from his father as a bank loan to his campaign.


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