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Spencer Willems

Capitol reporter

Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

Legislature starts short session today

posted: 05/26/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Military vehicles, agency mergers, the state's DWI laws and a Southern bloc primary are on the agenda for a special legislative session that starts today and officials hope will wrap up by week's end.

Lockheed aid will pay off, study predicts

posted: 05/23/2015 3:23 a.m. Comment 1

If the Arkansas Legislature approves an $87.1 million aid package for a defense contractor with a facility in Camden, the state will recoup the money -- plus an additional $16.3 million in revenue over the next 25 years, according to a cost-benefit analysis released late Friday afternoon.

Treasurer settles for $30,000 in ex-worker's civil-rights suit

posted: 05/23/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

The state's treasurer has opted to settle a federal lawsuit filed against him by a former employee from his time as the Saline County clerk.

State reviews grant to sister of ex-legislator

posted: 05/22/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that it is too early to tell if the former head of a state agency broke any laws in helping a family member get government funding to opt into the same multilevel marketing company in which the former official is a senior vice president.

State's high court hears sides in driller's sales-tax challenge

posted: 05/22/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

A years-old dispute between state finance officials and a hydraulic fracturing company unfolded Thursday before the Arkansas Supreme Court as state attorneys sought to keep the more than $1.3 million collected in sales tax from the business.

Twin-killing conviction upheld

updated: 05/22/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld the convictions of a former emergency room physician and self-described "black ops" mercenary convicted of two Conway execution-style murders.

Hutchinson calls session, states topics

updated: 05/21/2015 4:04 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday night signed a proclamation calling lawmakers to a special session starting Tuesday to consider authorizing a bond issue to lure a defense contract to south Arkansas, shift the state's presidential and other primary elections from May to March and merge four agencies into other agencies.

Firefighter's killer appealing sentence

posted: 05/21/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

The Jacksonville man who killed a firefighter and maimed two other first responders with his van at a 2012 roadside accident is appealing his 70-year sentence.

Budget chief Sharp fired; agency silent

updated: 05/20/2015 3:59 a.m. Comments 3

The state's budget administrator, Brandon Sharp, was terminated Monday afternoon by state Department of Finance and Administration Director Larry Walther, Walther said Tuesday.

40 protest sway of campaign cash

posted: 05/20/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

About 40 activists took to the Capitol steps to protest the growing influence of money in political races and drum up support for a proposed initiated act.


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