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Spencer Willems

Capitol reporter

Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

Lawyer's bid to ease sanctions falls short

posted: 09/19/2014 4:21 a.m. Discuss

A Hot Springs attorney failed in an effort to lessen sanctions rendered upon him by the state's legal professional board after he was found to have acted unethically in maneuvers to represent both sides of a custody battle.

Justices: Class-action suit OK against Alltel

posted: 09/19/2014 4:16 a.m. Discuss

The Supreme Court rejected arguments from an Arkansas phone company that sought to exclude customers from a class-action suit regarding termination fees.

Alcohol-vote supporters seek suit dismissal

posted: 09/17/2014 4:28 a.m. Discuss

Supporters of the state's constitutional amendment to allow for statewide rights to sell and manufacture alcohol argued in a filing Tuesday that the Supreme Court should dismiss efforts by opposition to derail the ballot issue.

Clerk in LR backs same-sex marriage

posted: 09/16/2014 4:22 a.m. Comments 31

The clerk of the state's most populous county came out in support of overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriages Monday, breaking ranks with several other public officials in an ongoing suit before the state's highest court.

Panel: I-55 deal broken, state liable

posted: 09/16/2014 3:24 a.m. Discuss

In a unanimous decision, the state Claims Commission agreed that the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department broke its contract with an out-of-state road construction contractor and that the company is owed nearly $750,000.

Justices weigh in on debt pressers

posted: 09/14/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Out-of-state debt collection agencies must be licensed in Arkansas in order to collect debts here, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Rutledge's file at agency says 'do-not-rehire'

posted: 09/12/2014 3:35 a.m. Comment 1

Days after her December 2007 resignation as a child welfare attorney at a state agency, Leslie Rutledge, now Republican candidate for Arkansas attorney general, was barred from ever rejoining the staff.

Legislators back proposals on human trafficking

posted: 09/11/2014 5:18 a.m. Discuss

Legislators backed proposals for greater education, training, and coordination among social-service providers and law enforcement agencies Wednesday morning.

Martin says alcohol vote leeway legal

posted: 09/10/2014 4:53 a.m. Discuss

Opponents of a state constitutional amendment to allow the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol across Arkansas are asking for the "impossible" in their efforts to get the measure off the ballot, according to Secretary of State Mark Martin.

Ex-detective set to make case for regaining rank

posted: 09/10/2014 3:56 a.m. Discuss

A demoted Arkansas State Police detective accused of mishandling seized cash will fight to regain his sergeant rank at a disciplinary appeal hearing today.

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