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Debra Hale-Shelton

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Nursing-home owner, fundraiser met twice

posted: 03/25/2015 4:33 a.m. Discuss

Nursing-home owner Michael Morton met with lobbyist Gilbert Baker a second time to discuss judicial campaign contributions, including those to since-ousted Circuit Judge Michael Maggio, after an earlier encounter at a Little Rock restaurant, Morton's spokesman said.

Judge dismisses oil-spill lawsuit

updated: 03/18/2015 4:13 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday against Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower and acknowledged that the message his decision sends to people with pipeline easements "does not seem fair," but said it is based on the law.

Faulkner County rejects vote on sheriff's raises

posted: 03/18/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

The Faulkner County Quorum Court on Tuesday narrowly defeated a proposal calling for a special election to reallocate tax revenue to finance raises for employees in the sheriff's office.

Appointee tie to judge probe frets legislator

posted: 03/12/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

A business partner of nursing-home owner Michael Morton, who is under federal investigation, will succeed Morton on a state commission that grants permits to nursing homes and other health care facilities -- an appointment of concern to at least one state senator.

From eateries to hospitals, not everyone gets a snow day

posted: 03/06/2015 3:20 a.m. Comments 2

The snowstorm that hit much of Arkansas forced the cancellation of basketball games and plane flights. Many schools and government offices closed. But Starbucks, fast-food restaurants and, more importantly, hospitals were among those open for business Thursday.

Judge sets hearing in Mayflower spill

posted: 02/28/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- A circuit judge on Friday set an Oct. 20 hearing in the cases of 18 families or businesses who have filed lawsuits against Exxon Mobil over the March 29, 2013, oil spill in Mayflower.

Conway anti-bias ban gets approval

posted: 02/26/2015 3:07 a.m. Comments 3

Supporters of Conway's new ordinance expanding a ban on discrimination against city-government employees to include sexual orientation and other factors gave the City Council and the mayor a standing ovation.

Conway aldermen vote to expand anti-discrimination ban

posted: 02/24/2015 9:54 p.m. Discuss

Conway aldermen voted Tuesday night to expand a ban on discrimination against city-government employees to include sexual orientation and “gender identity or expression.”

In Conway, sex-bias ban makes agenda

posted: 02/24/2015 3:13 a.m. Comment 1

Conway aldermen will consider a proposal tonight to expand the city's ban on discrimination against municipal-government employees to include sexual orientation and "gender identity or expression."

Courthouse security aim of new program

posted: 02/15/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

"Welcome to the Arkansas Court Security Training Program," a man says shortly before gunshots interrupt him.

UCA boosts rate for room, board

posted: 02/14/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

University of Central Arkansas students will pay more for room and board starting with the next academic year, the board of trustees decided Friday.

UCA audit finds employee's 'potential conflict'

posted: 02/13/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- An internal audit of the president's office at the University of Central Arkansas found that an employee who works on economic development has a previously undisclosed business partnership with Trustee Brad Lacy and a man who does surveying for UCA.

Online mistakes costly for public officials

updated: 02/09/2015 12:05 a.m. Comments 2

Like so many others, Michael Maggio enjoyed passing time on the Internet, so much so that he wrote himself out of a job.

Focused property list sought in Exxon case

posted: 01/31/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Attorneys in a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil want a federal judge to order the oil giant to authorize one of its vendors to create a list of property owners along the Pegasus pipeline so that the lawyers can notify the owners about the case.

UCA considers developing state's 1st optometry school

posted: 01/30/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- The University of Central Arkansas will finance a study to determine whether it should become the state's first university to offer an optometry school.


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