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Woods trial: Missouri company sought millions

Tuesday testimony focused on Woods

Subscriber onlyA $400,000 grant awarded with kickbacks was only the start of a Missouri company's plan to get another $4.7 million from the state, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Continue reading...

Job for Woods’ fiancee followed grant, salary double what replacement earned, witness testifies

FAYETTEVILLE — Then-Sen. Jon Woods’ fiancee got a $70,000-a-year salary from a company that received a $400,000 state grant four months earlier. Her replacement’s salary was exactly half that amount, according to court testimony and personnel documents presented in court today. Continue reading...

Ex-Arkansas senator's fiancee got job after company received state grant cash, jurors hear

Employer got state grants

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- A company that received $400,000 in state grant money later hired the fiancee of the state senator who approved most of the money. Continue reading...

Job for Woods' fiancee followed grant receipt, records show

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- A company receiving $400,000 in state grants later hired the fiancee of the state senator who approved most of the money. Continue reading...

Woods trial: IRS agent testifies other lawmakers sent GIF money to Ecclesia

FAYETTEVILLE — Text messages between the three alleged co-conspirators in a kickback scheme show they coordinated efforts from February to October of 2014 to solicit more state grants from other lawmakers who were not a part of the plot, according to testimony this morning. Continue reading...

In ex-state legislator's corruption trial, jury told that job for vet's mother part of kickbacks

Aiding vet’s mom aim, defense says

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- A job for a Gold Star mother was part of kickbacks to then-Sen. Jon Woods in return for state General Improvement Fund grants to Ecclesia College, the government argued Friday. Continue reading...

Job for Woods' friend a kickback, government contends

Defense: Aiding vet’s mom aim

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- A job for a Gold Star mother was part of kickbacks to then-Sen. Jon Woods in return for state General Improvement Fund grants to Ecclesia College, the government argued Friday. Continue reading...

DOUG THOMPSON: Different game, different rules

The president is out of his element

Subscriber onlyIn private business, you fire someone and he goes away. In presidential politics, you fire someone and he becomes an enemy for life with a multimillion dollar book deal and a schedule full of interviews. Continue reading...

Judge tells prosecutors not to “cherry pick” evidence in Woods corruption trial

FAYETTEVILE — U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks told federal prosecutors this morning to put the full context and full strings of email exchanges into evidence in the public corruption trial for former state Sen. Jon Woods. Continue reading...

Woods trial: Marijuana money proposed for Christian school

Amendment earmarking revenue for Ecclesia drafted

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Ecclesia College, a private Christian school, stood to gain money from taxes on legalized medical marijuana in an early draft of a proposed constitutional amendment by then-Sen. Jon Woods of Springdale, according to legislative working papers made public in federal court late Thursday. Continue reading...

Woods trial: Grant deadlines ignored

College fundraising also debated

Subscriber onlyEcclesia College received a $50,000 state grant before it even applied for the money and another $50,000 grant after the deadline for accepting applications had passed, according to federal court testimony Wednesday. Continue reading...

Woods trial: Ecclesia grants also came from outside NWA

FAYETTEVILLE — Ecclesia College received a $50,000 state grant before it even applied for the money and another $50,000 grant after the deadline for accepting applications had passed, according to federal court testimony today. Continue reading...

Board's grant control was fictional, jury told

Lawmakers awarded grants, witnesses say

Subscriber onlyOne of the groups at the center of former state Sen. Jon Woods' corruption trial wouldn't have qualified for the $400,000 grant it received, but administrators allowed AmeriWorks to borrow the tax-exempt status of another nonprofit company, Mike Norton testified Tuesday morning. Continue reading...

Firm at center of alleged kickback cut deal to qualify for grant

FAYETTEVILLE — One of the groups at the center of former state Sen. Jon Woods’ corruption trial wouldn’t have qualified for the $400,000 grant it received, but administrators allowed AmeriWorks to borrow the tax-exempt status of another nonprofit company, Mike Norton testified this morning. Continue reading...

Grants poorly tracked, says witness in kickback trial of former Arkansas legislator

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- The agency responsible for administering General Improvement Fund grants in Northwest Arkansas did a lousy job of tracking the money, its deputy director testified Monday. Continue reading...

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