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Spencer Willems

Capitol reporter

Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

Licenses null, few attorneys settling debt

posted: 07/04/2015 2:36 a.m. Comments 3

Nearly two months ago, almost one out of every 10 attorneys licensed to practice law in the state saw his license suspended.

Director of sales for lottery fired

posted: 07/04/2015 1:24 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- The former director of sales at the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery was fired Monday, according to documents released by the organization Thursday.

State racks up $191.6M surplus

posted: 07/03/2015 4:13 a.m. Discuss

The state coffers ended the fiscal year with a $191.6 million surplus bolstered by some one-time cash influxes.

GOP senators vow to protect gay-marriage objectors' rights

posted: 07/03/2015 4:02 a.m. Comments 33

Six days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban, the state's 24 Senate Republicans promised to pass legislation so that religious institutions "may choose not to participate in or host marriages that violate their religious beliefs."

Director of sales for state lottery fired, files show

posted: 07/03/2015 3:41 a.m. Discuss

The former director of sales at the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery was fired Monday, according to documents released by the organization Thursday.

Arkansas, 12 others file suit to block rule on waterways

posted: 06/30/2015 5:39 a.m. Comments 4

Arkansas and a dozen other states are asking a federal judge in North Dakota to block new federal clean-water regulations.

Resign or face dismissal, lottery sales director told

updated: 06/29/2015 10:46 p.m. Comments 5

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's director of sales was given a choice Monday -- resignation or termination.

Court assigns aid to convict in '79 murder

posted: 06/26/2015 4:56 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court gave an inmate serving a life sentence for a 1979 murder an attorney after the inmate demonstrated that his conviction was tainted by testimony from a discredited FBI expert.

Duck-hunter felon's search ruled illegal

posted: 06/26/2015 4:41 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Supreme Court agreed that evidence obtained after a search of a felon who was duck hunting should be voided but moved away from a lower-court decision that found routine "spot checks" of hunters amount to illegal, searches without warrants.

To call for levee fix, governor says whoa

posted: 06/25/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

The state Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee chairman, Jason Rapert, wants the Arkansas Legislature to convene and address problems with the state's largely unregulated levee system.

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