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Debra Hale-Shelton

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Ex-UCA exec enters appeal

posted: 12/18/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean has appealed his commercial burglary conviction and asserts that the trial court erred by admitting certain evidence.

Houses await sale after pipeline spill

posted: 12/15/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

MAYFLOWER -- More than a dozen for-sale signs -- 18 at last count -- dot this Faulkner County town's Northwoods subdivision.

College commits to affordability

posted: 12/09/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Hendrix College announced Monday that it will ensure that Arkansas high school seniors will get 100 percent of their financial need covered to attend the private college next fall in a move aimed at attracting students from all income levels.

Vilonia still bears scars of storm

updated: 11/30/2014 9:20 p.m. Discuss

VILONIA -- Among the first signs that something bad happened here are the mangled and downed trees alongside U.S. 64, the main street and primary business district for this Faulkner County town of roughly 3,800 residents.

Pipeline agency warns of risks in reversing flow

posted: 11/27/2014 4:26 a.m. Discuss

In 2006, Exxon Mobil reversed the flow of its aging and idle Pegasus pipeline to benefit from the increasing production of Canada's bitumen oil and transport the thicker crude south from Illinois to the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Maggio laptop seized by FBI

posted: 11/22/2014 2:59 a.m. Comment 1

The FBI has seized the office computer used by ousted Circuit Judge Michael Maggio when he was presiding over a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died at a nursing home owned by Michael Morton, Faulkner County's civil attorney said Friday.

Maggio-case suit accuses 3 of campaign-cash plot

posted: 11/19/2014 2:47 a.m. Comments 2

Attorneys for the family of nursing-home patient Martha Bull -- whose death led to a negligence lawsuit at the center of a federal investigation of campaign contributions to ousted Judge Michael Maggio -- accused Maggio, business owner Michael Morton and former state Sen. Gilbert Baker in a new lawsuit filed Tuesday of conspiring to funnel the donations to Maggio.

Exxon denies making all spill papers secret

posted: 11/14/2014 5:06 a.m. Discuss

Exxon Mobil on Thursday denied an allegation that the oil giant had declared as confidential 872,000 pages of evidence in a class-action lawsuit resulting from an oil spill in Mayflower last year.

Funeral home's proposal is pulled

posted: 11/14/2014 4:22 a.m. Discuss

A businessman who wanted to build a crematorium near an elementary school outside Russellville withdrew the application Thursday but plans to file a new proposal to put the facility several hundred feet farther from the school.

Suspect in death of police officer in Conway dies

posted: 11/12/2014 3:20 a.m. Comment 1

A White County man awaiting trial in the death of a Conway police officer, who was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of a crash, died Monday.

Conway aims to wake up tired street

posted: 11/09/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Vacant lots and older buildings -- some of which are run-down -- dot parts of Markham Street in Conway. Now, the city is working on an urban-design plan to redevelop parts of the area, linking a historic section of Oak Street in downtown Conway to Hendrix College.

2 at shuttered group home charged with Medicaid fraud

posted: 11/07/2014 3:31 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- A former executive director of a now-shuttered home for men with special needs, and her daughter, were charged with Medicaid fraud and exploitation Thursday after a more than year-long investigation.

Griffin clobbers Burkhalter in lieutenant governor race

posted: 11/05/2014 4:15 a.m. Comments 2

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, a Republican and former White House aide, won the lieutenant governor's race Tuesday, despite his Democratic opponent's heavily financed campaign for an office that's been vacant since February.

Mayflower disputes letter on fuel policy

posted: 11/04/2014 3:01 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland on Monday disputed a prosecutor's letter that said city policy apparently had allowed an officer to put fuel in his personal vehicle at city expense as a way to subsidize the officer's salary.

No charges on officer after use of city fuel

posted: 11/01/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

A prosecutor said Friday that he had decided against charging former Mayflower police Sgt. Jeremy Hanson because city policy apparently had allowed the officer to put fuel in his personal vehicle at city expense as a way to subsidize the officer's pay.

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