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Doug Thompson: Gnats, camels and a blue dress

Blind faith is not a good plan

Subscriber onlyDo not believe anything coming out of Washington, D.C., until and unless someone can back it up. Continue reading...

Former Arkansas lawmaker says recordings were his idea, not FBI's

Judge dismayed as to why pristine copies unavailable

Subscriber onlyFormer state Rep. Micah Neal secretly recorded anyone he felt federal investigators might be interested in for most of 2016, he testified Friday in a hearing in the corruption trial of former state Sen. Jon Woods. Continue reading...

Secret recordings included many officials, Neal testifies

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Former state Rep. Micah Neal secretly recorded anyone he felt federal investigators might be interested in for most of 2016, he testified Friday in a hearing in the corruption trial of former state Sen. Jon Woods. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: Shutdowns always backfire

Same tactic, different party, same result

Subscriber onlyFederal government shutdowns solve nothing. They kneecap support for any issue they try to force. This has now proved true on both ends of the political spectrum. Continue reading...

FBI agent admits error in Woods corruption case

Subscriber onlyThe lead FBI investigator in the corruption case of former state Sen. Jon Woods testified Thursday he acted improperly when he had a computer used to collect evidence in the case wiped clean. Continue reading...

Former lawmaker subpoenaed, set to testify

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Former state Rep. Micah Neal, who pleaded guilty to accepting kickbacks, will testify in a hearing today in the case of his accused co-conspirators, according to a passage in a court order Wednesday. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: A waste of whitewash

Not every ditch is worth defending

Subscriber onlySuppose the president was a duck. Suppose he had walked, swum and quacked throughout his campaign and his first year in office. Continue reading...

Fayetteville's Collins to seek re-election to House

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- State Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, will run for a fifth term in House District 84, he announced Friday. Continue reading...

Collins to seek re-election to House

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, will run for a fifth term in House District 84, he announced today. Continue reading...

Fayetteville's Kvello drops House bid

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Adrienne Kvello of Fayetteville dropped her Democratic bid for the state House District 84 seat Thursday morning to run for Washington County Circuit Clerk, she said. Continue reading...

Springdale airport targets overdue hangar rent

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- The Springdale Airport Commission will consider a zero tolerance policy, or as close as it can get, to crack down on hangar rental fees that are in arrears, its members said Thursday. Continue reading...

VA health care director is leaving Fayetteville

Subscriber onlyBryan C. Matthews is leaving as director of the Fayetteville-based Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, a post he held for two years. Continue reading...

Womack raises stink with comments

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Steve Womack of Rogers stepped in it Friday, according to Democrats and other opponents when the 3rd District Republican congressman tried to defend the president's recent reference to immigrants from "shithole" countries. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: Nuts and bolts reform

State cost-control efforts worth noting

Subscriber onlyThis month, the governor announced that his budget request for Medicaid would be $478 million less than anticipated and $55 million less than it was last year. Continue reading...

Springdale MLK parade set for Monday

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Alice Gachuzo-Colin organized a parade for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, she said, because Springdale deserves it. Continue reading...