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Lisa Hammersly

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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.

3 laws add security-data shields

posted: 04/09/2017 4:13 a.m. Discuss

Before Arkansas lawmakers left Little Rock on Monday, they approved at least 10 amendments to the state's 50-year-old Freedom of Information Act.

Health care mandates staying put

updated: 03/25/2017 3:17 a.m. Comment 1

The failure of Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act means insurers will continue to cover 10 federally required minimum benefits for consumers, at least for now.

No cases identified to verify FOI claims by Arkansas' 2 university systems, highway department

posted: 03/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

For weeks, lawyers for Arkansas' two university systems and the state Highway and Transportation Department have told legislators that they face an unfair advantage in court because of the state's public records law.

Panel endorses limit for open-records law

posted: 03/18/2017 3:13 a.m. Discuss

A bill to halt public access to government records related to "pending or threatened" litigation -- which opponents say would undermine the intent of Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act -- is expected to go before the state House of Representatives for a vote on Monday, says supporter Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Berryville.

Arkansas colleges aiding in less-open FOIA bid

updated: 03/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

The University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems are helping state Rep. Bob Ballinger write an amendment to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act that legal experts say isn't needed and would cripple citizens' access to public records.

Bills to narrow Arkansas public-files law get panels' OK

posted: 03/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Three voice votes by Arkansas legislative committees advanced bills Thursday to narrow Arkansans' rights to government records.

2 bills bad news for open-records law, experts say

updated: 03/01/2017 4:08 a.m. Comments 3

Two legislative bills scheduled for an Arkansas House committee hearing today would gut the state law that gives taxpayers access to public records, according to a law professor and the director of the Arkansas Press Association.

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.

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