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Collins, Garner spar over ethics

Subscriber onlyState House District 84 rivals sparred over ethics Tuesday, with challenger Denise Garner criticizing a loan incumbent Rep. Charlie Collins made to a fellow legislator. Continue reading...

Pathologist inquiry finds 3 deaths at VA hospital in Arkansas

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Three deaths are among the 11 confirmed, serious cases in which a pathology report was wrong, according to findings in an ongoing review of an impaired pathologist's work at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks. Continue reading...

District 80 rivals share dislike for term limit plan

Subscriber onlyNeither major party candidate for western Washington County's state House District 80 seat favors the proposed term limit amendment on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, they said at a candidate forum Friday night. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: All the president's peepholes

Trump tries to show only what he wants seen

Subscriber onlyPretend one of the targets in the ongoing corruption investigation into our state Legislature had the power to release selected portions of investigators' records. Continue reading...

Leaders listen at Springdale's 'Politickin' event, attendees say

Subscriber only Northwest Arkansas' biggest non-partisan political get-together evolved Thursday into an event where the state and region's political leaders listen more than they give speeches. Continue reading...

DOUG THOMPSON: Things that matter, or should

Too strident then; sobering now

Subscriber onlyThis column was too strident to publish, or so I thought when I finished it on Aug. 1, 2016. Continue reading...

Former Arkansas lawmaker avoids prison for kickbacks

Prosecutor cites aid in case for Neal’s house-arrest term

Subscriber onlyFormer state Rep. Micah Neal will spend the next year confined to his home, but he dodged prison time for his role in the kickback case that sent one of his three accomplices to prison for 18 years. Continue reading...

Governor asks state to sue Arkansas college for return of kickback-tainted grants

Subscriber onlyThe Department of Finance and Administration has asked state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office to sue Ecclesia College to reclaim at least $600,000 of kickback-tainted grants the college received from the General Improvement Fund. Continue reading...

Governor backs return of Ecclesia grant money

Subscriber onlyThe Department of Finance and Administration has asked state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office to sue Ecclesia College to reclaim at least $600,000 of kickback-tainted grants the college received from the General Improvement Fund. Continue reading...

Neal avoids jail time in kickback case

FAYETTEVILLE — Former state Rep. Micah Neal will spend the next year confined to his home, but avoided jail time for his role in the kickback case involving state grants. Continue reading...

Ecclesia's Paris receives three-year sentence

U.S. Attorney calls scheme a “dance with the devil”

Subscriber onlyFormer Ecclesia College President Oren Paris III received a three-year prison sentence Wednesday for a kickback scheme the prosecutor and judge equated to a "dance with the devil." Continue reading...

Fayetteville in-patient center to help vets

Subscriber onlyA 20-bed residential treatment facility for veterans with substance abuse, severe post-traumatic stress and other behavioral problems opened Tuesday on the anniversary of the day that sent many of them into harm's way. Continue reading...

Longtime residents face deportation

Subscriber onlyInes Antonio Caceres' oldest daughter plans to enter the University of Arkansas next fall. By then, Caceres and his wife may face deportation and the prospect of taking their three younger children, all born in the United States, with them. Continue reading...

Former Arkansas senator convicted in kickbacks case projected affluent ruse

Court case lays bare Woods’ misdeeds to keep up facade

Subscriber onlyAs a state senator, Jon Woods had the best lodgings at the Capitol Hill Apartments in Little Rock, his rooms bestrewn with costly sports memorabilia, according to court testimony in April. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: The voters needed to know

No reason to hold back until after the vote

Subscriber onlyRep. Duncan Hunter of California cheated on his wife before throwing her under the bus after he got charged with embezzling campaign funds, according to court documents. Continue reading...