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Spencer Willems

Capitol reporter

Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

Goodson lent her chief bid $660,700

posted: 05/04/2016 4:09 a.m. Discuss

In her failed effort to become the next chief justice, Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson ended up lending her campaign a total of $660,700, including nearly $20,000 in the month after she lost the March 1 election.

Two party chiefs see eye to eye on Medicaid policy

posted: 05/04/2016 3:27 a.m. Discuss

The leader of the state's Republican Party, which has vaulted to political dominance in Arkansas in part by its members campaigning against national Democratic issues like the health care law, said Arkansas benefits greatly from its politically contentious Medicaid expansion program.

Panel endorses $250,000 settlement over veteran who died while nurse ate lunch

posted: 05/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee endorsed a $250,000 settlement with the state's veterans department over a World War II veteran who died while his nurse went to eat her lunch.

State justices to hear dispute over tax's 'manufacturing' exemption

posted: 05/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

State attorneys say a group that helped "manufacture" clean water is muddying up state statutes in order to avoid a nearly $100,000 tax debt.

Arkansas justices toss lid off crash records

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas law enforcement officials can no longer rely on a decades-old federal law as a reason to withhold the names and personal information of adults from vehicle crash reports, according to a court ruling Thursday.

Counseling board floats opt-out rule

posted: 04/27/2016 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Lawmakers on Tuesday delayed acting on a proposed change to state ethics rules for counselors that would allow counselors to refer away a client to whom they have religious objections.

Arkansas lawmaker wants $1M to pay for inmates' college courses

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 10

A state senator said Monday that she will make an attempt during this fiscal session to seek $1 million to add to an effort to enroll state inmates in higher education programs.

Medicaid-bill ploy on track

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 8

The Arkansas House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved and sent to the governor a measure that, through political and procedural maneuvers, is aimed at preserving funding for the state's Medicaid expansion. Gov. Asa Hutchinson promptly vetoed a part of the bill that would have stopped the funding.

Senate hits 27 votes, passes SB121

posted: 04/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved a bill to reauthorize the use of federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans in the next fiscal year.

AG approves ballot bid on lawsuits

posted: 04/21/2016 3:10 a.m. Discuss

Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment to restrict the size of jury verdicts against medical care providers cleared a hurdle Wednesday in their effort to get the proposal on the November ballot.

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