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Debra Hale-Shelton

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At Hendrix, 11th president sets his course

posted: 04/19/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Alumni from as far back as the Class of 1937 arrived by foot, wheelchair and walker at an outdoor ceremony under large shade trees Saturday to inaugurate Hendrix College's 11th president, William "Bill" Tsutsui.

Justices accept Maggio's license

posted: 04/17/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court agreed Thursday to accept former Judge Michael Maggio's proposed surrender of his law license.

Hardin seeks to cut probation term

posted: 04/16/2015 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Former University of Central Arkansas President Lu Hardin asked a federal court Wednesday for an early end to the supervised release that he was sentenced to in September 2011 after he pleaded guilty to two felony charges.

Morton's gift to UCA a 'payoff,' suit says

posted: 04/15/2015 3:09 a.m. Comment 1

Nursing-home owner Michael Morton donated $100,000 to the University of Central Arkansas Foundation via former UCA executive Gilbert Baker as a "payoff" for Baker's purported role as a "middle-man" in a judicial bribery case, an amended lawsuit made public Tuesday claims.

Judge urged to vacate oil-suit order

posted: 04/15/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge should vacate his order dismissing a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil because the oil giant suppressed evidence involving interference with property owned by plaintiffs, attorneys contend in a new filing.

Historic building goes up in flames

posted: 04/11/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A fire early Friday destroyed a historic building that was formerly used as a high school for black students before desegregation in Morrilton and most recently housed part of a Head Start program.

2 suing Conway about pay, tax seek class-action status

posted: 04/10/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Attorneys for a Conway police officer and a firefighter asked a judge Thursday to certify as a class action a lawsuit they filed against the city in 2012, contending that the city spent money intended for employee pay raises for parks instead.

Hendrix, KIPP Delta join forces

posted: 04/09/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Hendrix College and KIPP Delta Public Schools on Wednesday announced a partnership aimed at enrolling more low-income students at the private college, and at increasing such students' graduation rates and the college's diversity.

Professor faces 60 child-porn counts

posted: 04/07/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- A University of Central Arkansas economics professor was charged Monday with 60 child-pornography counts involving images police said they found on his state-owned computer.

Center in mind, Conway council to consider site

posted: 04/06/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- This city has almost 64,000 residents but doesn't offer a public swimming pool, indoor tennis courts or a community center -- facilities some believe are long overdue.

Singer paying it forward at UCA

updated: 03/29/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Kristin Lewis' job has taken her 6,000 miles from home to opera stages in Vienna and other European cities.

Maggio removed from civil lawsuit

updated: 03/28/2015 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Expressing distaste with his own decision, a judge ruled Friday that judicial immunity prohibits a lawsuit against ousted Circuit Judge Michael Maggio over Maggio's handling of a negligence suit resulting from a nursing-home patient's death.

Judicial immunity prevents Maggio suit, judge rules

posted: 03/27/2015 11:31 a.m. Comments 6

CONWAY — A judge ruled Friday that judicial immunity prohibits a lawsuit against ousted Judge Michael Maggio over his handling of a negligence suit involving the death of a nursing-home patient.

Ex-Tech coach's bias lawsuit tossed

posted: 03/27/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Arkansas Tech University in Russellville of discrimination based on a former coach's gender and sexual orientation.

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.

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