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Lisa Hammersly

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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.

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 9

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.

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