Lisa Hammersly

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Jack Jones ready for his execution; now he pays, says daughter of victim, survivor of attack

Subscriber onlyThe crimes of Jack Harold Jones Jr. are among the worst imaginable. Continue reading...

3 laws add security-data shields

In session, 10 measures regarding public records approved

Subscriber onlyBefore Arkansas lawmakers left Little Rock on Monday, they approved at least 10 amendments to the state's 50-year-old Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...

Health care mandates staying put

GOP revamp would have eliminated 10 ‘essential’ benefits

Subscriber onlyThe failure of Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act means insurers will continue to cover 10 federally required minimum benefits for consumers, at least for now. Continue reading...

No cases identified to verify FOI claims by Arkansas' 2 university systems, highway department

Agencies say public-files law unfair

Subscriber onlyFor weeks, lawyers for Arkansas' two university systems and the state Highway and Transportation Department have told legislators that they face an unfair advantage in court because of the state's public records law. Continue reading...

Panel endorses limit for open-records law

UA, ASU say bill needed for court cases

Subscriber onlyA bill to halt public access to government records related to "pending or threatened" litigation -- which opponents say would undermine the intent of Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act -- is expected to go before the state House of Representatives for a vote on Monday, says supporter Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Berryville. Continue reading...

Arkansas colleges aiding in less-open FOIA bid

Emails promote litigation shield

Subscriber onlyThe University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems are helping state Rep. Bob Ballinger write an amendment to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act that legal experts say isn't needed and would cripple citizens' access to public records. Continue reading...

Bills to narrow Arkansas public-files law get panels' OK

Measures pertain to schools, police, Governor’s Mansion

Subscriber onlyThree voice votes by Arkansas legislative committees advanced bills Thursday to narrow Arkansans' rights to government records. Continue reading...

2 bills bad news for open-records law, experts say

Subscriber onlyTwo legislative bills scheduled for an Arkansas House committee hearing today would gut the state law that gives taxpayers access to public records, according to a law professor and the director of the Arkansas Press Association. Continue reading...

In dark on bids Arkansas senator submitted, companies say

Senator says not true, filed after talking to contractors

Subscriber onlyTwo contractors say state Sen. Jake Files prepared and submitted bids under their companies' names without their knowledge. Continue reading...

Fort Smith ballpark concerns detailed

Files: Filled out forms for others

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- State Sen. Jake Files told Fort Smith officials last month that he filled out and signed a tax record for a subcontractor and prepared two more subcontractors' price quotes to secure a $46,500 grant from the state General Improvement Fund, city records show. Continue reading...

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