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Lisa Hammersly

Northwest Business Reporter

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Recent Stories by Lisa Hammersly

Widows say military-benefits 'offset' law adds insult to injury

posted: 04/01/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 15

FORT SMITH -- Near Amsterdam, Netherlands, on July 4, 1972, an American neighbor introduced 20-year-old Elly Boelhouwer to a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant.

State delegation all for repeal of 'Widow's Tax'

posted: 04/01/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

Veterans groups and their lobbyists applaud Arkansas as the only state where all congressional members in both 2015 and 2017 co-sponsored bills to repeal the "Widow's Tax."

County chief, ex-Arkansas lawmaker to resign after graft admission

posted: 03/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

County Judge Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV of Jefferson County will resign later this week, he said Monday, three days after a federal prosecutor revealed that Wilkins admitted taking $100,000 in bribes while he was a state legislator.

Applications offer glimpse of pot companies' owners

posted: 03/03/2018 1:07 a.m. Discuss

The people behind Arkansas' future cannabis growing facilities include doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists, farmers, a former attorney general, a TV news anchor, a former state lawmaker, a justice of the peace and the wife of a former college football coach.

Owners of top firms picked to grow pot in Arkansas include former AG, ex-lawmaker, TV news anchor

posted: 03/02/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 17

The people behind Arkansas' future cannabis growing facilities include doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists, farmers, a former attorney general, a TV news anchor, a former state lawmaker, a justice of the peace and the wife of a former college football coach.

Scrutiny of GIF jobs finds holes

posted: 12/27/2017 1:04 a.m. Discuss

The application for $60,000 in Arkansas taxpayer money promised to help veterans in trouble.

Individual Arkansas legislators OK grants totaling $50M+ in 4 years; scrutiny of projects finds holes

updated: 12/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

From their assigned shares of state surplus General Improvement Fund money, individual Arkansas legislators approved more than 4,200 grants totaling more than $50 million over the past four years, according to records obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Other grants raise questions about how the project benefited the public.

Former Arkansas lawmaker's filing: Return $2.5M of state funds

posted: 10/31/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Former state lawmaker Mike Wilson wants a central Arkansas economic development office to refund more than $2.5 million in General Improvement Fund money to the state treasury, according to a motion filed Monday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Days-old firm won state grant; it listed focus as economics, health, no expertise in either

updated: 10/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 14

On Sept. 10, 2013, Arkansas Health and Economic Research Inc. registered -- as most new businesses are required to do -- with the Arkansas secretary of state's office.

Investigation shows Arkansas legislators directed state grant money to 2 organizations

updated: 09/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 13

Arkansas legislators directed more state grant money to a tiny Bible-based college in Springdale and to a Bentonville addiction treatment provider and its affiliates than almost any other nonprofit in the state, an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette investigation shows.

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