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State police to investigate if Arkansas city a speed trap

posted: 06/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 12

A prosecutor has asked state police to investigate whether a small town has violated Arkansas' speed-trap law, which prohibits a city from "abusing police power" regarding the issuance of traffic citations.

Exxon's $500,000 is in for a city hall; Mayflower plans include pavilion

posted: 06/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

More than three years after an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured in a Mayflower subdivision, the oil giant on Wednesday paid $500,000 of the estimated $1.8 million to $2 million cost for the city to build a facility to house a new city hall and a nature pavilion aimed at educating schoolchildren and adults about the environment and the town's history.

Governor wants 'full briefing' on how killer escaped custody

posted: 06/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday that he expects "a full briefing" after the state Department of Correction completes an internal investigation of an escape by a convicted murderer who was allowed to work unshackled but under armed guard outside a prison in eastern Arkansas.

Prosecutor seeks state police look at audit findings

posted: 06/19/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

A prosecutor said Wednesday that she has asked the Arkansas State Police to investigate audit findings that two former employees of a regional water agency made fraudulent credit-card purchases totaling almost $50,000.

Governor, prisons chief to review inmate work policy after Arkansas prison escape

posted: 06/18/2016 5:46 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday that he plans to meet with the head of the Arkansas Department of Correction about an investigation of a convicted murderer's escape from a work site near an east Arkansas prison.

Escaped murderer back in cell; details few on his run

posted: 06/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

Secrecy surrounding the escape and capture of a convicted murderer who walked away from a northeast Arkansas prison work detail earlier this week raised new questions Thursday, and two state agencies planned "parallel" investigations.

Prosecutor seeks state police look at audit findings

posted: 06/16/2016 3:12 a.m. Discuss

A prosecutor said Wednesday that she has asked the Arkansas State Police to investigate audit findings that two former employees of a regional water agency made fraudulent credit-card purchases totaling almost $50,000.

Mother of slain toddler pleads innocent to threatening a child-welfare worker; trial set

updated: 06/15/2016 6:03 p.m. Comment 1

The mother of a slain toddler pleaded innocent Tuesday to threatening a child-welfare worker.

Man in prison for killing girl escapes, flees

posted: 06/14/2016 5:48 a.m. Comments 6

A Sebastian County man convicted in 2012 of murdering a teenage girl and stuffing her body into a barrel escaped Monday from a prison work detail in Lee County in east Arkansas.

Easy lies the book of plays

posted: 06/12/2016 3:47 a.m. Discuss

Four-hundred years after William Shakespeare's death, the first comprehensive collection of his plays is touring the United States with a stop through July 12 at the University of Central Arkansas, the home of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre company.

Former UCA exec Gillean released from prison more than 3 weeks early

updated: 06/10/2016 10:43 a.m. Comment 1

Former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean was released from an Arkansas prison more than three weeks before his approved parole date as part of a program to ease prison crowding, records show.

Two accuse doctor of rape

posted: 06/05/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

Police arrested Dr. Robert Rook on Friday on charges of rape and sexual assault involving two patients, and a third patient has complained to authorities.

Molested by doctor, 2 tell Conway police

posted: 06/04/2016 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Police arrested Dr. Robert Rook on Friday on charges of rape and sexual assault involving two of his patients, and a third patient has complained to authorities.

UCA sets bonuses after raises barred

posted: 06/03/2016 5:41 a.m. Comment 1

CONWAY -- The University of Central Arkansas rescinded a 2 percent cost-of-living increase it had recently given to classified employees and replaced it with merit bonuses Thursday.

Lawsuit filings include checks sent to lobbyist; money meant to aid UCA, bids by Maggio, fellow judge

posted: 06/01/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Newly filed documents in a corruption lawsuit filed against nursing-home owner Michael Morton and lobbyist Gilbert Baker have shed light on dozens of political contribution checks.

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