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Spencer Willems

Capitol reporter

Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

Pardoned vet asks about lawman job

posted: 10/07/2015 3:08 a.m. Discuss

Pressed by a decorated veteran who had his felony conviction pardoned four years ago, lawmakers agreed Tuesday to begin a study into whether a pardoned felon should be disqualified from working in law enforcement.

False abuse claims grave, parents say

posted: 10/02/2015 5:55 a.m. Comments 2

Lawmakers told state social workers Thursday that they think the system used to investigate child abuse and maltreatment is broken.

Sheriff joins call for new prison

posted: 10/01/2015 3:27 a.m. Comments 2

Arkansas Sheriffs' Association President John Montgomery told state lawmakers Wednesday that his county's jail is crowded with inmates awaiting state prison space and that the backlog will continue unless the state builds another penitentiary.

Cabot woman loses appeal in '12 slaying

posted: 10/01/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

The Cabot woman seeking to overturn her 46-year sentence in the 2012 slaying of James Heath lost her appeal Wednesday.

Huckabee releases campaigner list

posted: 09/29/2015 4:32 a.m. Comments 2

Former Arkansas governor and 2016 presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee announced that members of Congress and several state legislators are members of his "leadership teams" aimed at bolstering his chances in several Southern state primaries.

Advocates fear 'chill' if addict mother's conviction is upheld

posted: 09/28/2015 5:45 a.m. Comments 8

An appeal pending before the Arkansas Supreme Court of a 20-year prison sentence for a woman who exposed her unborn child to methamphetamine has drawn concern from health care experts as well as advocates for women and families.

House Democrats pick new chief

posted: 09/26/2015 3:22 a.m. Comment 1

The Democrats in the state's House of Representatives met Friday and elected a northeast Arkansas farmer as their new minority party leader.

Conviction in '12 slaying of Mena man, 80, upheld

posted: 09/26/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

A 20-year-old Polk County woman sentenced to life in prison in the slaying of an 80-year-old Mena man lost her appeal before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

7A/6A-EAST: Little Rock Central runs over Searcy

posted: 09/26/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock Central piled up more than 300 yards rushing and never trailed in a 24-14 victory over Searcy on Friday at Quigley-Cox Stadium.

Justices hear woman's case of baby born on meth

posted: 09/25/2015 5:29 a.m. Comments 4

An attorney for a De Queen woman serving a prison sentence for giving birth to a baby with drugs in his system told the Arkansas Supreme Court that the law used in the woman's conviction did not apply to her, and not reversing her conviction would result in "absurd consequences."

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