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Lisa Hammersly

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Recent Stories by Lisa Hammersly

Arkansas congressman's 'no' vote vexes military widow

updated: 06/25/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 37

Before approving a proposed budget blueprint this week, the Republican-dominated House Budget Committee blocked efforts to change a federal law that withholds monthly annuity payments from thousands of military widows and widowers.

Ex-judge called on to scrutinize central Arkansas drug court after prosecutor called it 'catastrophe'

posted: 06/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday named a retired circuit judge, Bentley Story of Forrest City, to untangle objections and controversies surrounding state court operations in Pulaski and Perry counties.

Central Arkansas drug court a disaster, prosecutor tells justices

posted: 06/08/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley on Thursday called Circuit Judge Mary McGowan's drug court a "catastrophe" and pointed to a state study he says shows an "unacceptably high re-arrest rate" for defendants she supervises.

State high-court rivals report on finances

posted: 05/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Court of Appeals Judge Kenneth Hixson collected more campaign contributions for his state Supreme Court race in April than his two opponents -- incumbent Associate Justice Courtney Goodson and lawyer David Sterling -- combined.

Casino families key donors for Arkansas governor

updated: 05/15/2018 2:09 p.m. Comments 4

Family members and executives connected with Arkansas' two casino gambling-style establishments -- Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs and Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis -- are among the largest donors so far to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's re-election campaign.

Former state legislator's plea deal lays out bribes case; it connects lobbyists, bills he backed

updated: 05/02/2018 2:28 p.m. Comment 1

Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV's guilty plea to bribery and conspiracy charges Monday outlines how the former Pine Bluff state legislator helped pass Arkansas laws to benefit certain health care and youth services nonprofits and their lobbyists.

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.

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