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Everyone listed in PACs was notified, Baker says

posted: 07/31/2014 5:26 a.m. Discuss

Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker said under oath that despite reports to the contrary, he believes he contacted everyone he was supposed to notify before listing their names on several political action committees that have since become mired in contention surrounding campaign contributions to Circuit Judge Michael Maggio.

Lobbyist: Baker consulted on PAC

posted: 07/30/2014 5:47 a.m. Comments 2

Lobbyist Bruce Hawkins said under oath that the Little Rock attorney who created a political action committee that later contributed to Circuit Judge Michael Maggio's appeals-court campaign discussed matters relating to the PAC with former state Sen. Gilbert Baker, who was a paid consultant for Hawkins' lobbying firm last year.

Pipeline restarts south of Mayflower rupture

posted: 07/30/2014 4:41 a.m. Discuss

Exxon Mobil restarted the southernmost section of its Pegasus pipeline earlier this month, more than a year after an oil spill in Mayflower forced the company to shut down the entire line, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Morton: Sent Maggio donations to Baker

posted: 07/29/2014 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Nursing-home owner Michael Morton said under oath that contributions he made to political action committees that later helped finance Circuit Judge Michael Maggio's appeals-court campaign were mailed to former state Sen. Gilbert Baker's home in Conway.

Higher education notebook

posted: 07/27/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

UCA physics society gets outreach award CONWAY -- The University of Central Arkansas Society of Physics Students chapter is one of three recipients of the 2014 Blake Lilly Award.

Investigate 2 officers, prosecutor asks

posted: 07/25/2014 3:12 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- A prosecuting attorney's office asked the Arkansas State Police on Thursday to investigate unrelated allegations against two police officers in Faulkner County.

Baker tied to group seeking to limit suits

posted: 07/22/2014 4:12 a.m. Comments 2

Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker was the contact person for a corporation that works to limit lawsuit litigation in Arkansas since at least January 2013, shortly before he began working as a top administrator at the University of Central Arkansas, and he retained that position until Monday, records show.

Exxon: Can't settle on cause of rupture

posted: 07/15/2014 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Exxon Mobil has told federal regulators that it could not determine what sped the growth of decades-old cracks in its Pegasus pipeline, causing the line to rupture and spill crude oil into a Mayflower neighborhood last year.

Twister path draws volunteers, Beebe

posted: 07/11/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Beebe Cares, a volunteer group from the governor's office and other state agencies, gathered Thursday morning along 50 River Bend Road on the edge of Mayflower near the banks of the Arkansas River.

Readers restocked in Vilonia

posted: 07/07/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

VILONIA -- After a tornado devastated the town of Vilonia in April, one middle-school boy walked up to his librarian and said, "All my books are gone."

Exxon Mobil gets files-deadline extension

posted: 07/02/2014 4:33 a.m. Comment 1

Exxon Mobil has estimated it will provide government attorneys with almost 150,000 documents in response to a federal judge's recent order to disclose more information in a lawsuit over the Pegasus pipeline's rupture and oil spill in Mayflower last year.

Judge cautioned, fined in campaign-gifts case

posted: 06/28/2014 3:29 a.m. Comments 2

Circuit Judge Michael Maggio settled a complaint filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission by paying a $750 fine Friday for accepting campaign contributions above state limits -- a punishment described as a "slap on the wrist" by the attorney who had reported Maggio.

Suspect in Conway shooting not fit for trial, examiner says

posted: 06/26/2014 4:43 a.m. Discuss

The man charged with attempted capital murder in a Feb. 1 shooting at a Wal-Mart Supercenter is not fit to stand trial and talks of seeing and hearing zombies who give him orders, a psychologist for the State Hospital has found.

Give spill estimate, 2 Exxon firms told

posted: 06/25/2014 5:44 a.m. Discuss

Subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil being sued by the federal and state governments have been fighting efforts to force the companies to disclose their best estimate on the amount of heavy crude oil that spilled from the Pegasus pipeline into a Mayflower neighborhood more than a year ago.

State ethics panel to decide whether Maggio case is a go

posted: 06/20/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Ethics Commission will hold a closed hearing today on whether to proceed with its investigation of whether Circuit Judge Michael Maggio accepted campaign contributions in violation of state law.

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