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Grants ruling draws reaction; planned to change pet-projects funding, Arkansas legislators say

posted: 10/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

State lawmakers say they were already planning to change how local projects are funded when the Arkansas Supreme Court struck down their previous method of individual legislators distributing millions in grants to pet programs.

State pet-projects grants ruled illegal

posted: 10/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

For the third time in a little over a decade, the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of a lawsuit by former state Rep. Mike Wilson of Jacksonville to stop lawmakers from funneling millions of dollars in state surplus money to local pet projects.

Arkansas lawyers' delegates to vote on ballot issue

posted: 06/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Before Arkansas' lawyers wrap up their annual meeting in Hot Springs today, a group of them will decide whether to go toe-to-toe with the Legislature in an ongoing feud over the courts.

Proposed amendment

updated: 06/16/2017 2:50 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Bar Association's proposed constitutional amendment would:

2 killers executed hours apart

posted: 04/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

GRADY -- In the nation's first double execution since 2000, Arkansas delivered heart-stopping doses of lethal drugs Monday night to death-row inmates Jack Jones Jr., 52, and Marcel Williams, 46.

Day ends without an execution in Arkansas

posted: 04/18/2017 9 a.m. Comments 11

GRADY -- Waiting in a windowless cell, steps from Arkansas' death chamber, convicted murderer Don Davis escaped lethal injection Monday night at the Cummins prison unit near Pine Bluff.

10 bills aim to chip at Arkansas public-files law

updated: 03/05/2017 3:59 a.m. Comments 5

When Gov. Asa Hutchinson campaigned for governor in 2006, he told a Springdale Rotary Club that any attempt to weaken the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act would stop with him.

How babies die sleeping

posted: 01/31/2017 3:53 a.m. Discuss

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

How babies die sleeping

posted: 01/29/2017 3:48 a.m. Discuss

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

Federal judge to consider lawyers' new arguments in ethics-violations case

posted: 06/24/2016 1:02 p.m. Discuss

A federal judge in Fort Smith will rethink at least some of his findings concerning ethics violations against 16 lawyers in a class-action insurance case.

A killer in the herds: chronic wasting disease

posted: 06/05/2016 3:44 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas emerged this spring as America's hot spot for chronic wasting disease, a fatal infection that strikes mostly deer and elk.

CASH & THE COURT PART III PREVIEW: State gets failing grade in judicial ethics review

posted: 01/25/2016 11:44 a.m. Discuss

In a national study of ethics rules, campaign donations and state judges, Arkansas received a grade of “F.”

Firms file suits, donate together

posted: 01/25/2016 4:33 a.m. Discuss

These six law firms rank among the biggest donors to Arkansas Supreme Court candidates since 2004, state campaign contribution records show.

After 2010 high court race, justice wed a top donor

posted: 01/24/2016 4:23 a.m. Comment 1

The costliest-ever Arkansas Supreme Court race piled up more than $900,000 in campaign contributions for two candidates in 2010.

High-profile names among donors

posted: 09/28/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

In the high-tension, high-dollar race for Arkansas’ U.S. Senate seat, incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor can count on some high-wattage donors such as Emmy-winning actor Ted Danson (Cheers, C.S.I.) and movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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