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Debra Hale-Shelton

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Exxon's nod to seam risk in decree seen as notable

updated: 04/23/2015 4:04 a.m. Comment 1

Exxon Mobil's agreement to treat the northern segment of the Pegasus pipeline as susceptible to seam failure has renewed a debate that began more than two years ago in the months after the pipeline cracked open in a Mayflower subdivision, spilling thick, black crude through the neighborhood.

Decree struck in '13 oil spill, Justice states

updated: 04/22/2015 4:17 a.m. Discuss

Two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil have agreed to pay almost $5 million in government penalties and to take corrective and precautionary actions as a result of an oil spill in Mayflower in 2013, the Justice Department said.

At Hendrix, 11th president sets his course

posted: 04/19/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Alumni from as far back as the Class of 1937 arrived by foot, wheelchair and walker at an outdoor ceremony under large shade trees Saturday to inaugurate Hendrix College's 11th president, William "Bill" Tsutsui.

Justices accept Maggio's license

posted: 04/17/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court agreed Thursday to accept former Judge Michael Maggio's proposed surrender of his law license.

Hardin seeks to cut probation term

posted: 04/16/2015 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Former University of Central Arkansas President Lu Hardin asked a federal court Wednesday for an early end to the supervised release that he was sentenced to in September 2011 after he pleaded guilty to two felony charges.

Morton's gift to UCA a 'payoff,' suit says

posted: 04/15/2015 3:09 a.m. Comment 1

Nursing-home owner Michael Morton donated $100,000 to the University of Central Arkansas Foundation via former UCA executive Gilbert Baker as a "payoff" for Baker's purported role as a "middle-man" in a judicial bribery case, an amended lawsuit made public Tuesday claims.

Judge urged to vacate oil-suit order

posted: 04/15/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge should vacate his order dismissing a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil because the oil giant suppressed evidence involving interference with property owned by plaintiffs, attorneys contend in a new filing.

Historic building goes up in flames

posted: 04/11/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A fire early Friday destroyed a historic building that was formerly used as a high school for black students before desegregation in Morrilton and most recently housed part of a Head Start program.

2 suing Conway about pay, tax seek class-action status

posted: 04/10/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Attorneys for a Conway police officer and a firefighter asked a judge Thursday to certify as a class action a lawsuit they filed against the city in 2012, contending that the city spent money intended for employee pay raises for parks instead.

Hendrix, KIPP Delta join forces

posted: 04/09/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Hendrix College and KIPP Delta Public Schools on Wednesday announced a partnership aimed at enrolling more low-income students at the private college, and at increasing such students' graduation rates and the college's diversity.


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