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Defense for ex-Arkansas senator closes its case; former college president asserts right against self-incrimination

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Two key players in the corruption case against former state Sen. Jon Woods took the witness stand for the defense Friday, but neither had much to say. Continue reading...

Woods declines to testify in his corruption trial

Paris pleads the Fifth

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Two key players in the corruption case against former state Sen. Jon Woods took the witness stand for the defense Friday, but neither had much to say. Continue reading...

DOUG THOMPSON: Getting into the game

Seeing the Razorbacks and what it says about voter ID laws

Subscriber onlyCome see the Razorbacks play, my friend said. It will be fun. I can get you in with a student pass -- a photo ID. Continue reading...

Woods trial: Payday lender says he was unaware of Woods' help

Subscriber onlyPayday lender Robert A. Srygley loaned then-legislator Jon Woods $35,000 in two installments in late 2011 and early 2012, he testified Thursday. Continue reading...

Woods Trial: Unaware of Woods’ helpful legislation, payday lender testifies

FAYETTEVILLE — Payday lender Robert A. Srygley of Fayetteville loaned then-legislator Jon Woods $35,000 in two installments in late 2011 and early 2012, he testified today. Continue reading...

Woods trial: Banned FBI agent's testimony sought

Woods defense presses for misconduct subject

Defense attorneys in the public corruption trial involving former state Sen. Jon Woods wanted to call the discredited former lead investigator in the case as their first witness. This set off a series of hearings and motions Wednesday as the government successfully -- for now -- prevented it. Continue reading...

Woods Trial: Defendant dependent on college money, prosecutors say

FAYETTEVILLE — Ecclesia College accounted for almost all the money Randell Shelton deposited into his consulting company’s bank account, according to financial records compiled by the FBI. Continue reading...

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...