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Lisa Hammersly

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2nd panel to look at UA unit

posted: 01/06/2014 2:28 a.m. Discuss

A second joint legislative committee will take a shot Tuesday at identifying mistakes that led to millions in overspending by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s fundraising division.

Choate expected to air his side of what caused UA unit deficit

posted: 12/08/2013 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Brad Choate, one of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s most successful fundraisers, is expected to talk publicly this week for the first time about how the Division of University Advancement under his leadership last year became mired in a surprise, multimillion-dollar deficit.

Unit budget chief invited to talk

posted: 12/08/2013 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Auditors, school officials and Joy Sharp herself, who worked for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for almost 40 years, agree that she made mistakes in handling finances for the school’s fundraising division.

4 UA issues under review

posted: 12/08/2013 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Washington County prosecutors are investigating four issues related to multimillion-dollar deficits in the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Division of University Advancement.

Panel puts off UA hearing

posted: 11/06/2013 4:43 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Joint Auditing Committee has postponed until Dec. 13 a second round of hearings into overspending by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville fundraising division.

FBI agent pokes into UA audit’s 4 concerns

posted: 11/06/2013 12:50 a.m. Comments 2

An FBI agent who specializes in financial matters has joined a Washington County prosecutor’s team that is investigating concerns that arose in an audit of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s fundraising division.

Leaders to seek more on UA audit

posted: 09/24/2013 12:02 a.m. Discuss

Key legislators want to hear other views concerning a state audit report into deficit spending by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s fundraising division — including from the division’s former chief Brad Choate and budget officer Joy Sharp, they said Monday.

Official: UA deficit audit set for late-summer release

posted: 06/30/2013 4:04 a.m. Discuss

Legislative auditors have completed much of the field work on a review of deficit finances at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s Division of Advancement and estimate the audit to be released later this summer, an official said Friday.

As union votes, ABF-pact critics arise

posted: 06/12/2013 12:13 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH — Teamsters union leaders are urging more than 7,000 of their members to approve a new, five-year contract with ABF Freight System Inc. in Fort Smith, one of the nation’s largest trucking firms.

Marshals Museum draws bead on Fort Smith

posted: 06/09/2013 2:07 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH — Like their counterparts in Bentonville, developers in this Old West-theme city on the Oklahoma state line are wagering millions in downtown redevelopment dollars on the aura of a new, national museum.

Wal-Mart figures add up to year of impressive counts

posted: 06/02/2013 2:43 a.m. Discuss

With Wal-Mart Stores Inc. back atop the Fortune 500 list of biggest U.S. companies, about 14,000 shareholders from around the world will stream into Northwest Arkansas this week for the company’s annual meeting and pep rally.

Union, trucker deal set for vote

posted: 05/22/2013 12:32 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH — ABF Freight System Inc.’s tentative contract with the Teamsters — if approved by union members — “would allow us to restore the profitability of our company and allow our employees to have the bestpaying jobs in the industry,” parent company Arkansas Best Corp. chief executive Judy McReynolds said Tuesday.

Flights seen declining faster at smaller airports

posted: 05/18/2013 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Though Arkansas’ two largest airports followed a national trend of declines in commercial airline flights during the past five years, they haven’t been hit as hard as many of the nation’s smaller airports, according to a national study issued this week.

Chairman of board submits resignation at USA Truck

posted: 05/16/2013 3:45 a.m. Discuss

The chairman of the board of USA Truck of Van Buren, Robert Peiser, has submitted his conditional resignation after failing to receive a majority of shareholder votes for re-election to the board at the company’s May 8 annual meeting, according to a truck company filing Wednesday.

Hospital data show charges range in state

posted: 05/12/2013 4:37 a.m. Comments 2

What Arkansas hospitals charge, even for the same medical procedure within the same city, can vary by tens of thousands of dollars, according to recently released 2011 federal data.

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