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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...

Corruption trial: Improvement grant money not tracked, agency director testifies

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...

Corruption trial: GIF money not tracked

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

Fundraiser says Springdale's Ecclesia broke despite grants

Subscriber onlyEcclesia College was failing to raise enough money to cover its expenses in January 2015, after almost two years of paying consultant Randell Shelton to get donations, the college's former professional fundraiser testified Friday in a public corruption trial. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: Another speaker tires of shouting

Paul Ryan decides the price is not worth paying

Subscriber onlyKnowing how to do something and watching someone else botch it is frustrating. Only thinking you know how to do something just makes things worse. Then you think something can be done when it really cannot, making someone else's failure harder to take. Sports fans suffer from this constantly. Continue reading...

Ecclesia broke despite grants, fundraiser says

FAYETTEVILLE — Ecclesia College was failing to raise enough money to cover its expenses in January 2015, after almost two years of paying Randell Shelton to line up donors, the college’s former professional fundraiser testified Friday in a public corruption trial. Continue reading...

Defense: Prosecution painting partial picture

Subscriber onlyFormer state Sen. Jon Woods had $87,250 in loans from Arvest Bank between 2012 and 2014, all guaranteed by others, according to financial records presented Thursday at his trial. Continue reading...

Woods' $87,250 in bank loans revealed

FAYETTEVILLE — Former state Sen. Jon Woods had $87,250 in loans from Arvest Bank between 2012 and 2014 all guaranteed by someone else, according to financial records presented by the government Thursday at his trial. Continue reading...

Conspirators strapped for cash, records show

Neal testifies to scheme’s details

Subscriber onlyThen-state Sen. Jon Woods kept at least four banks accounts and not one kept a positive balance, according to financial records presented by the government Wednesday at his trial. Continue reading...