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Arkansas homeowner falls fatally ill during drug raid

posted: 07/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Faulkner County authorities believe a man who became fatally ill during a drug raid at his rural home near Conway early Thursday probably suffered a heart attack.

Morton's lawyers seek Maggio-plea exclusion

posted: 07/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A judge should not let attorneys for the family of a woman who died in Michael Morton's Greenbrier nursing home present former Judge Michael Maggio's federal plea agreement as evidence in a lawsuit accusing Morton and lobbyist Gilbert Baker of conspiring to bribe Maggio by funneling campaign donations to him, Morton's attorneys said in a new court filing.

Exxon fights U.S. post-spill policy, seeks abidance delay

posted: 07/22/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Exxon Mobil has appealed a federal agency’s final order resulting from regulatory violations that the government found after the oil giant’s Pegasus pipeline cracked open and spilled thousands of gallons of heavy crude oil into a Mayflower neighborhood more than three years ago.

Exxon fights U.S. post-spill policy, seeks abidance delay

posted: 07/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Exxon Mobil has appealed a federal agency's final order resulting from regulatory violations that the government found after the oil giant's Pegasus pipeline cracked open and spilled thousands of gallons of heavy crude oil into a Mayflower neighborhood more than three years ago.

UCA set to offer coding program

posted: 07/20/2016 3:47 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- The University of Central Arkansas will offer a new, three-month program aimed at preparing students for new careers in information technology, particularly coding.

Jurists differ on validity of Maggio's cut to award

posted: 07/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- When Michael Maggio cut a Faulkner County jury's $5.2 million judgment to $1 million in a negligence lawsuit over a woman's nursing-home death, he said the award shocked "the conscience of the court."

Morton's nursing homes ante up

posted: 07/16/2016 2:44 a.m. Comments 2

Thirty-one of nursing-home owner Michael Morton's businesses gave a total of $125,000 in June toward a campaign to let voters decide whether to limit monetary awards in medical lawsuits, newly released records show.

Bribery law invalid for Maggio, filing tells 8th Circuit

posted: 07/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

A federal appeals court should overturn Michael Maggio’s bribery conviction because the law under which he was charged does not apply to his case, the ousted judge’s attorney contended in a brief released Tuesday by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

2nd teen sentenced in killings of Conway couple

posted: 07/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Two families listened quietly from opposite sides of the small courtroom Wednesday as a teenage boy apologized for his role in the deaths of a Conway couple last summer.

Second teen pleads guilty in killings of Conway couple

posted: 07/06/2016 11:42 a.m. Comment 1

CONWAY — A second teenager has pleaded guilty in the shooting deaths last summer of a Conway couple.

Teen accused of killing Conway couple denied trip to funeral

posted: 07/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A judge on Tuesday declined a teenage capital-murder suspect's request to attend a relative's funeral.

Suit deposition tells of FBI interview

posted: 07/05/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- The FBI questioned a lobbying associate of former state Sen. Gilbert Baker for about four hours after nursing-home owner Michael Morton suggested she was the one who had asked him in 2013 to support Michael Maggio's judicial campaign even as Maggio was presiding over a negligence lawsuit against Morton's Greenbrier nursing home.

Baker tied to $8,000 'bonus' behind Maggio gift, donor says

posted: 07/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

CONWAY -- Lobbyist Gilbert Baker helped attorney Chris Stewart get an $8,000 bonus from Arkansans for Lawsuit Reform -- a gift that enabled Stewart and his wife to give $6,000 to former Circuit Judge Michael Maggio's final judicial campaign, Stewart testified under oath.

Suit deposition tells of FBI interview

posted: 07/04/2016 3:05 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- The FBI questioned a lobbying associate of former state Sen. Gilbert Baker for about four hours after nursing-home owner Michael Morton suggested she was the one who had asked him in 2013 to support Michael Maggio's judicial campaign even as Maggio was presiding over a negligence lawsuit against Morton's Greenbrier nursing home.

Checks at center of filings in lawsuit; lobbyist admits he changed date

posted: 06/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Attorneys for the family of a woman who died in one of Michael Morton's nursing homes filed arguments and hundreds of pages of sworn testimony Wednesday in an attempt to keep a corruption lawsuit against Morton and lobbyist Gilbert Baker alive.

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