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Scott to take VA health care post

posted: 04/30/2016 4:42 a.m. Discuss

A physician who temporarily headed the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System for more than a year was named Friday as its first permanent director since 2014 in a move one congressman called "a first step" toward the health system regaining the public's trust.

Mother of slain toddler Malik Drummond held in threats

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The mother of a toddler whose father is charged with murdering him remained jailed Thursday after being accused of threatening a child-welfare worker.

Exxon pays $2.63M fine for Arkansas spill, chafes at terms

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

More than three years after Exxon Mobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of gallons of thick crude into a Mayflower neighborhood, the company has paid a $2.63 million fine, a federal regulatory spokesman said Wednesday.

Drug court helps Arkansas teen to correct his course

posted: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

CONWAY -- When the boy broke a window at his home, his mother reached out to the criminal justice system for help.

Arkansas parolee charged with capital murder after Conway woman found strangled

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A man accused of strangling his girlfriend with a cord in a motel room and then going gambling was charged Friday with capital murder.

Maggio to remain free during appeal

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Former Circuit Judge Michael Maggio will remain free pending the appeal of his federal bribery conviction.

Jail ex-Judge Michael Maggio on time, U.S. argues

updated: 04/22/2016 10:48 a.m. Comments 2

Former Judge Michael Maggio has not shown sufficient reason that he should remain free pending an appeal of his bribery conviction, the U.S. attorney's office argued Thursday.

Conway schools forgoing raises

posted: 04/22/2016 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Teachers and other employees of the Conway School District will not get across-the-board raises for the coming school year, the superintendent said Thursday.

Maggio seeks to remain free pending appeal of bribery conviction

posted: 04/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

Former Circuit Judge Michael Maggio asked a federal judge Tuesday to allow him to remain free while he appeals a bribery conviction.

Dad found fit to stand trial in death of Malik Drummond

posted: 04/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

SEARCY -- A man accused of killing his 2-year-old son and disposing of the boy's body in another county is mentally fit to proceed to trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

3rd teen held in deaths of Conway couple seeks juvenile transfer

updated: 04/15/2016 4:56 p.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- A third defendant accused of murdering a Conway couple last summer has asked that his case be transferred to juvenile court.

Judge finds Searcy father fit to proceed to trial in killing of toddler Malik Drummond

posted: 04/14/2016 2:28 p.m. Comments 2

SEARCY — A judge has accepted an Arkansas State Hospital report finding Jeffery Clifton fit to proceed to trial on a capital murder charge.

Sheriff: Search, restraint of teen murder suspect proper

posted: 04/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Video footage and officer reports indicate jailers acted appropriately when they searched a cell that murder suspect Hunter Drexler shares with others and disciplined him by putting him in a restraining chair, Faulkner County Sheriff Matt Rice said Tuesday.

Fired deputy to plead innocent to battery

posted: 04/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- A Faulkner County sheriff's deputy who was fired for using excessive force during an arrest plans to plead innocent to a misdemeanor battery charge.

Jailers seized legal papers, suspect says

posted: 04/12/2016 2:58 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Faulkner County jailers raided murder suspect Hunter Drexler's cell, took his legal documents and placed him in "a full-restraint chair" for more than an hour, Drexler's attorney said Monday in requesting an emergency hearing.

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