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Spencer Willems

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Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

Ethics filing seeks list of nursing-home group's donors

posted: 07/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A self-described left-leaning Little Rock attorney and blogger has filed a complaint with state ethics officials against a nursing home group, arguing that the group's sizable contributions toward a constitutional amendment bid require it to open up its own books to the public.

Brush off frustration, anger, Clinton urges at Democrats' dinner

updated: 07/16/2016 4:18 p.m. Comments 6

Former President Bill Clinton challenged fellow Democrats on Friday to resist the urge to meet negative rhetoric with more negativism.

Interim director named at agency

posted: 07/15/2016 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Heather McKim showed up to work Thursday to see about a raise. She left with a promotion and an even bigger paycheck.

State answers execution-law filing

posted: 07/15/2016 2:24 a.m. Discuss

State attorneys urged the Arkansas Supreme Court to reject a request from death-row inmates for a rehearing on the constitutionality of the state's execution law and also asked the justices to issue a mandate that would allow the prisoners' executions to go forward.

Scholars event brings Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, U.K.'s Tony Blair to Little Rock

posted: 07/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

A former British prime minister, two ex-presidents and three members of the Little Rock Nine will gather at Central High School today to celebrate with Presidential Leadership Scholars program graduates.

Set executions before Jan. 1, governor says

posted: 07/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he wants the state to execute death-row inmates before one of the drugs that would be used expires in January.

State gains drug to do executions

posted: 07/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas has acquired a new supply of a drug needed to execute death-row inmates, according to an announcement Tuesday.

Opt-out rule for counselors gets approval

updated: 07/13/2016 3:23 a.m. Comments 2

Lawmakers on Tuesday approved a new regulation that permits a counselor to opt out of working with a client if the provider has a conflict of "conscience" -- a rule that some claim permits discrimination against gay clients.

State, 9 others sue U.S. over restroom directive

posted: 07/09/2016 2:58 a.m. Comments 7

Arkansas, joined by nine other states, filed suit against the federal government over a directive issued by President Barack Obama's administration in May that cautioned states on how to accommodate the needs of transgender students.

Inmates press court to revisit execution law

posted: 07/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The state's highest court made several legal errors -- some that could prove detrimental in deciding future legal disputes -- in its June 23 ruling that upheld the state's execution law, according to a recent appeal.






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