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Spencer Willems

Capitol reporter

Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

AG to wait for executions edict

posted: 06/25/2016 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Despite a short window to use its execution drugs, Arkansas will not seek an expedited order from the state Supreme Court enforcing its Thursday ruling that paved the way for executions to resume.

Arkansas court OKs executions, but drug to expire soon

posted: 06/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state can move forward on executing eight death-row prisoners. However, the state has only six days until one of the execution drugs it has on hand reaches its expiration date.

Law inducing Arkansas judges to quit at 70 upheld

posted: 06/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The state law that requires judges seeking a new term once they hit the age of 70 to forfeit their retirement benefits is not discriminatory or unconstitutional, according to the state's highest court.

Prisons group told costs of recidivism

updated: 06/23/2016 3:36 a.m. Comment 1

A mix of lawmakers, lawmen, judges and mental-health advocates given the task of looking for ways to tackle the state's ballooning prison rolls recommended that the state increase funding and manpower for parole services.

Legislative panels hold talk on chronic wasting disease in Arkansas

updated: 06/21/2016 12:33 p.m. Discuss

Lawmakers voiced concern Monday over one of the proposals by Arkansas wildlife officers to curb the spread of a fatal deer and elk disease that threatens a nearly $1 billion state hunting industry.

Counselors' opt-out receives panel's OK

posted: 06/15/2016 5:27 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas lawmakers gave the initial OK Tuesday to a new ethics rule that would allow counselors to cite their conscience to avoid treating a current or prospective client.

Aide to Hutchinson tenders resignation

posted: 06/14/2016 5:43 a.m. Discuss

Another high-ranking staff member is leaving the governor's office.

Justices uphold life term in 2013 slaying of baby

posted: 06/12/2016 2:58 a.m. Discuss

A divided Arkansas Supreme Court upheld the life sentence of a Jackson County man convicted in a 2013 shooting that left a 20-month-old child dead and her mother wounded.

Arkansas Supreme Court voids death sentence in double murder

updated: 06/10/2016 12:35 p.m. Discuss

Failure by prosecutors to supply jurors with the required number of sentencing forms prompted the Arkansas Supreme Court to void a prisoner's death sentence in a double murder from New Year's Eve three decades ago.

State says employee pocketed $142,000

posted: 06/10/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

A longtime state employee stands accused of bilking two agencies of more than $142,000 for services that were never received and giving the money to fake companies named after her husband.

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