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Lisa Hammersly

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In dark on bids Arkansas senator submitted, companies say

updated: 02/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

Two contractors say state Sen. Jake Files prepared and submitted bids under their companies' names without their knowledge.

Fort Smith ballpark concerns detailed

posted: 02/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

FORT SMITH -- State Sen. Jake Files told Fort Smith officials last month that he filled out and signed a tax record for a subcontractor and prepared two more subcontractors' price quotes to secure a $46,500 grant from the state General Improvement Fund, city records show.

Arkansas governor plans to look into infant sleep death rate

updated: 02/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll look into whether Arkansas provides enough funding and needed programs to reduce the state's high rate of infants who die in their sleep.

DEAD ASLEEP DAY 3: Stopping killer of babies takes money

posted: 01/31/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The number of healthy infants who die in their sleep in Arkansas remains stubbornly high despite decades of efforts by public health officials. Even with a raft of new programs since 2010 that emphasize safe-sleep practices, Arkansas still ranked second-highest in the nation when the latest federal health data on Sudden Unexplained Infant Death were released in December.

How babies die sleeping

posted: 01/30/2017 4:52 a.m. Discuss

Here are details from a few cases, from 102 coroner's reports from Benton, Faulkner, Pulaski and Sebastian counties.

DEAD ASLEEP DAY 2: Parents can face charges; unsafe sleep deaths sometimes a crime

posted: 01/30/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

By everyone's account, Austin Moss, then 21, and Jennifer Moss, 19, didn't intend to hurt their baby. But the Siloam Springs couple smoked marijuana earlier that night. And while all three slept on two pushed-together love seats, Andrew died of asphyxiation. Now the parents are serving prison sentences for manslaughter.

DEAD ASLEEP DAY 1: In Arkansas, lives cut short; state has 2nd highest rate of infant sleep deaths

updated: 01/30/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Avah Mae Forrester died Dec. 30, 2015, one of more than 1,000 infants in Arkansas since 1999 who appeared to be healthy when they went to sleep, then never woke up. Most died in surroundings that experts say were unsafe for babies less than a year old.

Old advice on state judicial donors cut, not revised

updated: 12/17/2016 3:26 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas judges no longer are governed by an ethics rule that suggested they avoid learning about their campaign's donors, after staff attorneys Friday clarified the Arkansas Supreme Court's revised Code of Judicial Conduct.

Arkansas Supreme Court ethics order baffles some in legal ranks

posted: 12/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Some judges and lawyers reported confusion Thursday about revised ethics rules issued by the Arkansas Supreme Court, including whether judicial candidates should continue to avoid learning who donates to their campaigns.

Meth bag puts new Arkansas judge in inquiry

posted: 12/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

FORT SMITH — The state’s judicial disciplinary agency will investigate a complaint against District Judge-elect Jim O’Hern, after police found a bag of methamphetamine in a Little Rock hotel room registered in O’Hern’s name.

Arkansas Bar Association unveils plan to end justice races

posted: 11/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

The Arkansas Bar Association plans to debate next month whether to push for a constitutional amendment to separate Supreme Court candidates from campaigns, politics and dark-money donors -- and appoint them to 14-year terms instead.

In appeal, lawyers say penalty unjust

posted: 10/21/2016 2:38 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge in Fort Smith was wrong on all counts when he penalized five class-action lawyers, including University of Arkansas Trustee John Goodson, for dismissing a case from his court to settle in state court last year, according to a brief filed on the lawyers' behalf.

Justices' ruling revisits big-donor issue

updated: 10/16/2016 4:21 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas Supreme Court last week decided a battle between two of the biggest donor groups to the justices' own election campaigns -- lawyers and nursing-home owners.

UA putting on $450,000 bash

updated: 09/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 11

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will host a $450,000 party Friday night at Bud Walton Arena for about 400 invited donors and staff members.

3 UA trustees have links to 3 firms tied to stadium project

posted: 09/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

Three University of Arkansas System trustees -- Reynie Rutledge, Kelly Eichler and Morril Harriman -- have ties to businesses that stand to earn at least $195,800 from a $160 million project to add upscale seats to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, public records show.

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