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Lisa Hammersly

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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.

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.

In ruling, rebuke of UA System trustee, 14 other lawyers an error

posted: 07/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge in Fort Smith was wrong in deciding University of Arkansas System Trustee John Goodson and 14 other class-action plaintiff and defense lawyers acted improperly when they removed a case from federal court to settle it in state court on more favorable terms, an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday.

Jack Jones ready for his execution; now he pays, says daughter of victim, survivor of attack

posted: 04/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The crimes of Jack Harold Jones Jr. are among the worst imaginable.

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