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Debra Hale-Shelton

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Murphy given spare robe at swearing-in ceremony

posted: 09/17/2014 3:58 a.m. Discuss

With a judicial robe at hand and a bit of humor, a judge on Tuesday gave the oath of office to Michael Murphy, the man appointed to succeed ousted Judge Michael Maggio.

8th Circuit denies Exxon Mobil plea

posted: 09/17/2014 3:46 a.m. Discuss

A federal appeals court Tuesday denied Exxon Mobil's request to appeal a federal judge's decision to grant class-action status to a couple suing over an oil spill in Mayflower last year.

Education notebook

posted: 09/17/2014 3:24 a.m. Discuss

UCA library shows 9/11 collection CONWAY -- A collection of materials from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is on display at the University of Central Arkansas Archives through Sept. 24.

Beebe taps Murphy to step in for Maggio

posted: 09/16/2014 4:19 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Conway City Attorney Michael Murphy said Monday that he hopes to do his part to restore the public's confidence in the judicial system now that he's been appointed to replace ousted Judge Michael Maggio.

Justices remove Maggio, end his paid suspension

posted: 09/12/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Michael Maggio removed from his judicial office immediately, ending the state salary he has been paid despite not being allowed to handle a single case since late March.

Divorce files for Baker, Maggio under tight seal

posted: 09/11/2014 5:54 a.m. Comments 3

Judges sealed almost all records of divorce proceedings involving two elected officials in Faulkner County to the point that not even a case number appears in court files open to the public -- a practice that attorneys described as rare.

Exxon brief countered in spill suit

posted: 09/11/2014 5:17 a.m. Discuss

Exxon Mobil's petition to appeal a federal judge's decision granting class-action status to a Faulkner County couple's lawsuit over an oil spill in Mayflower should be denied, attorneys for the couple argued in a federal appeals court.

Vote rededicates tax for shopping area

posted: 09/10/2014 4:01 a.m. Discuss

Residents of Conway voted Tuesday to rededicate and extend an eighth-percent sales tax aimed at improving street access to a planned mixed-use development at the site of the city's old airport and to a proposed Sam's Club in another area of town.

Conway to vote on tax for street development

posted: 09/06/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Voters in Conway will decide Tuesday whether to rededicate and extend an eighth of a percent sales tax to help finance street improvements aimed at providing better access to a mixed-use development that would include shopping, hotels, residences and, in another area, a proposed Sam's Club.

Truck driver in logs wreck charged, held

posted: 09/04/2014 4:15 a.m. Comment 1

The man who was driving a logging truck that crashed near a bridge in Clinton and spilled its load, killing two construction workers and injuring nearly 20 others, was charged Wednesday with 18 felony offenses after authorities said they learned that he had been using methamphetamine.

Conway set to open new airport

posted: 08/31/2014 5:12 a.m. Comment 1

Come daylight Monday, Conway airport will have two airports, but only temporarily.

Higher education notebook

posted: 08/31/2014 4:55 a.m. Discuss

UCA to host NPR's Southern program CONWAY -- The weekly NPR radio program Tales from the South will take place at the University of Central Arkansas on Sept. 29.

Exxon seeking to appeal ruling on class action

posted: 08/29/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Exxon Mobil has asked a federal appeals court to let the oil giant immediately appeal a judge's decision granting class-action status to an Arkansas couple who sued after the company's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower last year.

Lawman loses job over case handling

posted: 08/27/2014 2:31 a.m. Comments 2

The Mayflower police chief fired an officer Tuesday after a prosecutor said the patrolman had withheld evidence that tended to exonerate a woman accused of stealing supplies for tornado victims in Mayflower and Vilonia.

City laments: Oh, Christmas tree

posted: 08/22/2014 3:53 a.m. Comment 1

CONWAY -- The Christmas tree that "was a lemon from the start" is back in Conway, but no one is celebrating its return.

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