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Exxon seeking to appeal ruling on class action

posted: 08/29/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Exxon Mobil has asked a federal appeals court to let the oil giant immediately appeal a judge's decision granting class-action status to an Arkansas couple who sued after the company's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower last year.

Lawman loses job over case handling

posted: 08/27/2014 2:31 a.m. Comments 2

The Mayflower police chief fired an officer Tuesday after a prosecutor said the patrolman had withheld evidence that tended to exonerate a woman accused of stealing supplies for tornado victims in Mayflower and Vilonia.

City laments: Oh, Christmas tree

posted: 08/22/2014 3:53 a.m. Comment 1

CONWAY -- The Christmas tree that "was a lemon from the start" is back in Conway, but no one is celebrating its return.

Higher Education Notebook

posted: 08/17/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Tech hiresinterim band leader

Driver arrested in fatal crash

posted: 08/15/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Police have arrested a Conway woman on a negligent-homicide charge as a result of a June 23 wreck that fatally injured a woman in Faulkner County.

Exxon examines possible appeal of ruling in suit

posted: 08/14/2014 3:57 a.m. Discuss

Exxon Mobil is reviewing its options after a federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit filed by property owners after the Pegasus pipeline ruptured and spilled tens of thousands of gallons of oil in Mayflower last year, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

Class action granted in Exxon oil-spill suit

posted: 08/13/2014 4:11 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge on Tuesday granted class-action status to a lawsuit filed against Exxon Mobil as a result of a pipeline accident that spilled tens of thousands of gallons of heavy crude into a Mayflower neighborhood last year.

Lawyer: Woman's kin will get justice

posted: 08/10/2014 4:13 a.m. Comment 1

The attorney representing the family of a nursing-home patient whose death led to a negligence lawsuit at the center of a federal investigation of campaign contributions to Circuit Judge Michael Maggio said he believes the woman's family will see justice.

Maggio's exit from bench to be forever

posted: 08/07/2014 5:40 a.m. Comments 3

Circuit Judge Michael Maggio and a state agency have agreed to sanctions that would suspend him from all judicial duties until year's end and then prohibit him from ever serving as a judge again in Arkansas, the agency announced Wednesday.

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.


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