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Debra Hale-Shelton

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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.

Changes to lab’s spill report not improper, Exxon argues

posted: 01/29/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Exxon Mobil has told a federal judge that its participation in a laboratory’s report on the cause of a Mayflower oil spill was appropriate and transparent.

Sheriff dies after 1 month in office

updated: 01/26/2015 6:57 p.m. Discuss

Cleburne County Sheriff Richard Swain has died, less than a month after taking office. The county's Quorum Court quickly named Sgt. Bryon Rushing acting sheriff.

Maggio suit going to Jonesboro judge

posted: 01/22/2015 4:44 a.m. Discuss

A retired judge from Jonesboro will preside over the trial of a lawsuit against an ousted judge who has pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge, a former state senator and a nursing-home owner who contributes heavily to political campaigns.

Pipeline firms allowed tweaks on lab reports

updated: 01/21/2015 3:36 a.m. Discuss

A federal regulatory agency typically allows pipeline companies to make "minor" changes to laboratory reports on the causes of line accidents such as the one in Mayflower in 2013, a spokesman said Tuesday.

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