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Former U.S. attorney lobbied for nonprofit in probe

Subscriber onlyA former U.S. attorney from Oklahoma has kept his longstanding lobbying contract with the Missouri-based health care nonprofit now ensnared in a federal investigation that has rocked Arkansas. Continue reading...

Builders picked to lead Arkansas Arts Center's $70M revamp

Groundbreaking set for October ’19

Subscriber onlyThree firms, including two from Arkansas, will oversee construction of the revamped Arkansas Arts Center, officials announced Monday. Continue reading...

Files show execs at nonprofit netted $17M with deal

Subscriber onlyFour former executives of a Missouri nonprofit netted $4 million each through a deal in which the nonprofit paid more than $47 million to a publicly traded company over 10 years, records show. Continue reading...

Care provider will try again to sell in state

Preferred Family contacts Spa City’s Quapaw House

Subscriber onlyOne of Arkansas' biggest mental health services companies, embroiled in a federal political corruption investigation for the past 21 months, is making a second attempt to sell its operations in the state. Continue reading...

Knew of scams, ex-exec of nonprofit says in plea; Arkansas paid provider millions

Subscriber onlyA former senior executive with a Missouri mental health services provider that Arkansas paid millions for Medicaid services pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to one count of concealing knowledge of a felony. Continue reading...

Indicted on fraud charges, state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson resigns

Subscriber onlyArkansas Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson resigned Friday, effective immediately, after a federal grand jury indicted the veteran lawmaker on 12 counts of wire and tax fraud, accusing him of misspending campaign donations and underreporting his income on federal tax forms. Continue reading...

Billing director at care provider arrested in Arkansas Medicaid fraud case

Subscriber onlyA former Preferred Family Healthcare billing director arrested on two felony counts of Medicaid fraud received pay from an Arkansas lobbying firm and a "separate" mental health care provider, according to court documents. Continue reading...

Suspected human trafficking led to Little Rock club search, police say; 12 held on immigration charges

Subscriber onlyThe state and federal inspection of a Little Rock nightclub last weekend that resulted in a dozen people arrested on immigration charges was based in part on suspicions of human trafficking, the Police Department said. Continue reading...

Ex-president sues college over his firing

Arkansas Baptist violated contract, Jones’ filing says

Subscriber onlyFormer Arkansas Baptist College President Joseph Jones has filed suit against the Little Rock college over his contentious exit last year, accusing the board of thwarting his resignation and firing him without cause. Continue reading...

Former president of Little Rock college sues over his firing

Arkansas Baptist violated contract, Jones’ filing says

Subscriber onlyFormer Arkansas Baptist College President Joseph Jones has filed suit against the Little Rock college over his contentious exit last year, accusing the board of thwarting his resignation and firing him without cause. Continue reading...

Immigration agents arrest dozen people at Little Rock nightclub

Subscriber onlyFederal immigration authorities arrested at least 12 people for being in the country illegally early Saturday during a state-led, alcohol-related investigation of a Little Rock nightclub, officials said. Continue reading...

Former director of South Arkansas Youth Services accepts plea deal; he ties lobbyist, senator to funds

Subscriber onlyJerry Walsh, executive director of now-shuttered South Arkansas Youth Services agency in Magnolia, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to funneling more than $380,000 of the agency's money to convicted lobbyist Rusty Cranford, a Cranford relative and an unnamed Arkansas state senator. Continue reading...

Former head of South Arkansas Youth Services pleads guilty to conspiracy charge in corruption probe

Subscriber onlyThe former executive director of South Arkansas Youth Services has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge in connection with the public corruption investigation that has ensnared several former elected officials, according to court documents filed Thursday. Continue reading...

Arkansas Arts Center's chief accepts N.C. job; exit comes as museum in Little Rock plans $70M face-lift

Subscriber onlyArkansas Arts Center Executive Director Todd Herman informed staff members Wednesday that he has accepted a job in North Carolina, creating a leadership vacancy at a pivotal moment for the downtown Little Rock museum. Continue reading...

Arkansas college foundation in tax-status morass

Nonprofit revived in ’16 lacks own IRS exemption standing, files show

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Baptist College Foundation continued raising money after the federal government stripped it of its tax-exempt status, a sanction that generally subjects nonprofits and their donors to tax bills. Continue reading...

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