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Higher education notebook

posted: 04/20/2014 3:47 a.m. Discuss

Tech trustees OK meal-plan prices RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University students will have higher meal-plan rates during the next academic year.

2nd nursing-home suit sits on Maggio docket

posted: 04/19/2014 3:38 a.m. Comment 1

Circuit Judge Michael Maggio began presiding over a negligence lawsuit involving a second nursing home owned by Fort Smith businessman Michael Morton just weeks after Morton financed several political action committees that later donated to Maggio’s since-halted run for an appeals-court seat.

1 PAC in probe of judge is refiled

posted: 04/17/2014 4:53 a.m. Discuss

One of the political action committees at the center of two state investigations of Circuit Judge Michael Maggio will not be terminated, as the others have been, because it was unrelated to the other PACs except for being created by the same lawyer, another attorney said Wednesday.

Panel expects consequences await Maggio

posted: 04/09/2014 4:55 a.m. Comment 1

The judicial agency investigating campaign contributions and other issues relating to Circuit Judge Michael Maggio expects he will face either a disciplinary charge or a mutually accepted sanction, an agency spokesman said Tuesday.

Maggio’s holdings focus of judicial panel inquiry

posted: 04/08/2014 5:29 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY — A state judicial agency will investigate the sources of Circuit Judge Michael Maggio’s 2013 investments or holdings, which totaled more than $25,000 and which followed three years in which available records show he reported no such holdings to the secretary of state’s office.

Tycoon’s $100,000 UCA gift returned

posted: 04/05/2014 3:44 a.m. Comment 1

Nursing-home tycoon Michael Morton gave a $100,000 check dated July 8 to the University of Central Arkansas after he and then-UCA executive Gilbert Baker visited together, records obtained Friday show. UCA later returned the gift.

Baker gives up job as UCA executive

posted: 04/03/2014 5:15 a.m. Discuss

Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker resigned Wednesday from his executive job at the University of Central Arkansas shortly after an article detailed his connections to some of the officers whose names appeared on political action committees tied to two state investigations of Circuit Judge Michael Maggio.

Baker’s ex-consultant: PAC bearing his name news to him

posted: 04/02/2014 5:28 a.m. Discuss

A man for whom one of the eight political action committees figuring in an investigation of Circuit Judge Michael Maggio is named has denied knowing anything about the PACs.

Exxon report reveals new oil-pipe problem

posted: 04/01/2014 4:46 a.m. Discuss

Exxon Mobil said Monday that a combination of rare pipe properties it has not seen before worsened manufacturing defects in the Pegasus pipeline and caused it to rupture in a Mayflower subdivision one year ago, spilling an estimated 210,000 gallons of heavy crude oil.

7 PACs’ gifts to judge draw ethics inquiry

posted: 03/29/2014 3:27 a.m. Comments 3

CONWAY — The Arkansas Ethics Commission is investigating Circuit Judge Michael Maggio in regard to his acceptance of campaign contributions exceeding the legal limit from political action committees financed by a nursing-home tycoon.


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