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Former Arkansas lobbyist faces additional counts

Attorney seeks trial delay to prepare for charges against bribery suspect

Subscriber onlyIndicted lobbyist Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford will face additional federal charges, according to a motion filed Thursday by his attorney. Continue reading...

DOUG THOMPSON: Justice requires taking a look

Negative ads rely on voters’ snap judgment

Subscriber onlyAll other things being equal, I will vote for the candidate in any particular race who is the subject of an attack ad. If they all are, I will cast my ballot for the candidate subject to the most vicious and misleading attack. Continue reading...

Former Arkansas lobbyist to face more charges

Indicted lobbyist Milton R. “Rusty” Cranford will soon face additional federal charges, according to a motion filed by his attorney Thursday. Continue reading...

After recusals, judge appointed for lawsuit against Arkansas TV stations over negative campaign ads

Subscriber onlyPulaski County Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce of Little Rock will preside over a lawsuit filed in Washington County by Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson seeking to ban negative campaign ads. Continue reading...

UPDATE: Special judge named in Goodson ad lawsuit after local judges recuse

FAYETTEVILLE — Every circuit judge in Washington County recused this morning from the lawsuit to block negative campaign ads filed by state Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson, according to a letter to the state Administrative Office of the Courts. Continue reading...

Rogers planners approve disputed project

Subscriber onlyAn eight-months-long dispute over apartments going onto a 13-acre site on South Champions Drive goes to the City Council after gaining Planning Commission approval Tuesday for both a rezoning and a permit. Continue reading...

Governor seeks reorganization ideas in Springdale

Ideas on government reorganization sought

Issues from how to protect the medically vulnerable to whether investment strategy on taxpayer money in state accounts should change came up Tuesday at a town hall meeting hosted by Gov. Asa Hutchinson on his proposed reorganization of state government. Continue reading...

DOUG THOMPSON: A revealing primary season

An Arkansas view from a forced exile

Subscriber onlyI would not have missed the trial I have covered for the last month for anything, but missing so much of one of the most interesting primary seasons in years is a steep price. Continue reading...

GIF trial: Woods guilty of corruption

Co-defendant Shelton also convicted

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Former state Sen. Jon Woods, whose legislative legacy includes sponsoring an ethics amendment to the state constitution, was convicted Thursday of 15 charges of public corruption for taking kickbacks from state grants he directed to nonprofit groups. Continue reading...

GIF trial: Jury still out on Woods case

Deliberations enter second day

FAYETTEVILLE — The jury is still out in the corruption trial of former state Sen. Jon Woods. Continue reading...

Jury takes up deliberation in Woods corruption case

Prosecution calls Woods’ office an “ATM”

Subscriber only The five-man, seven-woman jury in the corruption trial of former state Sen. Jon Woods will resume deliberation this morning after getting the case late Tuesday. Continue reading...

Jury awaits Woods corruption case

FAYETTEVILLE — The five-man, seven-woman jury in the corruption trial of former state Sen. Jon Woods is set to start deliberations this afternoon. Continue reading...

GIF Trial: Woods case goes to jury today

Case to go to jury today after closing statements

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Randell Shelton Jr. lived rent-free in the basement apartment of a friend's parents while his consulting business received $115,000 in payments from Ecclesia College, according to testimony Monday. Continue reading...

Defense rests in corruption case

FAYETTEVILLE — Randell Shelton Jr. lived rent-free in the basement apartment of a friend’s parents while his consulting business received $115,000 in payments from Ecclesia College, according to testimony today. Continue reading...

The trapdoor under the Woods case

Laptop erasure stays secret to jury in trial

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Former state Sen. Jon Woods' public corruption trial is on track to go to the jury this week with no mention of what its judge called "reprehensible" conduct on the lead investigator's part. Continue reading...

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