Doug Thompson

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Grant program under fire

Kickback plea revives scutiny of grants controlled by lawmakers

Subscriber onlyBerryville received a $25,000 state grant in 2014 after Mayor Tim McKinney dropped his opposition to awarding a $200,000 grant from the same fund to a private college in Springdale, the mayor said. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: House Speaker's power too great now

Changes unnerve even some of his own party

Subscriber onlyThe second most powerful office in our state government just got much more powerful. Continue reading...

Records show paths of kickback-tainted funds; $600,000 steered by 2 ex-state lawmakers

Subscriber onlyFormer state lawmakers Jon Woods and Micah Neal requested that state grants totaling $400,000 be sent to a Bentonville-based nonprofit, according to regional development district records. Continue reading...

Woods partnered with Neal on grants, records show

Subscriber onlyFormer state lawmakers Jon Woods and Micah Neal requested state grants totaling $400,000 be sent to a Bentonville-based nonprofit, according to regional development district records. Continue reading...

Returned district's $400,000, firm says; it denies paying grant kickbacks

Subscriber onlyDecision Point Inc. of Bentonville received the $400,000 state grant referred to in state Rep. Micah Neal's guilty plea this week on accepting kickbacks, the nonprofit's parent company said Friday. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: Loose reins or more rope

Opportunity and danger confront state GOP

Subscriber onlyHuge majorities in the Legislature won't be nearly as liberating for Arkansas Republicans -- or as risky for them and others -- as the free rein they can now expect from the federal government. Continue reading...

Arkansas legislator's guilty plea implicates college

Ecclesia is only school to fit description in paperwork on state-fund kickbacks

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- State audit records show that Ecclesia College in Springdale is the only college that received at least $200,000 in state General Improvement Funds in the manner described by state Rep. Micah Neal in his guilty plea to a kickback scheme. Continue reading...

Springdale lawmaker admits taking kickbacks

Rep. Micah Neal faces up to 20-year sentence

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE — State Rep. Micah Neal, R-Springdale, pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking $38,000 in kickbacks from two nonprofit groups he helped gain state money, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: Hands in the cookie jar

Trump already makes Clintons look like amateurs

Subscriber onlyThe cookie jar is open. We appear to have seriously underestimated the size of the president-elect's hands. Continue reading...

Convicts filling employee need in tight market

Work-release inmates prove to be reliable, company says

Subscriber only Employee turnover fell from 50 percent a year to 15 percent after ATCO Rubber's plant in Springdale started hiring state prison inmates. Continue reading...

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