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Spencer Willems

Capitol reporter

Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

Brill takes oath to be chief justice

posted: 09/02/2015 3:35 a.m. Discuss

At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the state got a new chief justice.

After arrest, gun law still fuzzy to lawman

posted: 08/30/2015 5:12 a.m. Comments 13

Erek Balentine said he knew it was inevitable that some officer in Arkansas would make the arrest that triggered scrutiny, and potentially a state Supreme Court decision, over the haziness of the state's law on openly carrying a weapon.

Openly toting gun OK, says AG

posted: 08/29/2015 5:40 a.m. Comments 3

Arkansas' attorney general said Friday that legal gun owners are free to openly carry or ride with their weapons but should be ready to field inquiries from law enforcement personnel wondering why they're carrying.

Governor: Inspire others to action

posted: 08/27/2015 4:48 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that the two-day conference aimed at addressing problems with foster care and prisoner re-entry in Arkansas only marked a beginning.

2 who shot at suspect in burglary face suit

posted: 08/27/2015 4:23 a.m. Comments 5

The Cleburne County man accused of burglarizing the home of a state legislator's father filed suit Wednesday against the lawmaker and the lawmaker's son for shooting at him while he tried to run from the property.

Brill chosen as state chief justice

posted: 08/26/2015 5:43 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that he has picked a longtime legal scholar to replace the state Supreme Court's chief justice, who is to resign at the end of the month.

To seek $1M to aid youths, governor says

posted: 08/26/2015 4:53 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that he will ask lawmakers for $1 million in rainy-day money to hire 40 more staff members for the child-welfare division of the Department of Human Services.

Huckabee says fourth place in poll a 'good spot' for now

posted: 08/25/2015 4 a.m. Discuss

Presidential hopeful and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said his second bid for the White House is, so far, going better than his first one.

Sanders faces climb in state, analysts say

posted: 08/24/2015 3:13 a.m. Comments 3

Bernie Sanders is trying to build a national movement in his bid for the presidency.

Hindus say their god denied Capitol spot

posted: 08/23/2015 3:28 a.m. Comment 1

A Hindu organization announced Friday that its effort to place a statue on the state Capitol grounds was thwarted last week by the secretary of state's office.

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