Lisa Hammersly

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Former Arkansas lawmaker's filing: Return $2.5M of state funds

General Improvement cash mostly spent, agency replies

Subscriber onlyFormer state lawmaker Mike Wilson wants a central Arkansas economic development office to refund more than $2.5 million in General Improvement Fund money to the state treasury, according to a motion filed Monday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. Continue reading...

Days-old firm won state grant; it listed focus as economics, health, no expertise in either

Subscriber onlyOn Sept. 10, 2013, Arkansas Health and Economic Research Inc. registered -- as most new businesses are required to do -- with the Arkansas secretary of state's office. Continue reading...

Investigation shows Arkansas legislators directed state grant money to 2 organizations

Tiny college, treatment center got grants totaling $1.4 million

Subscriber onlyArkansas legislators directed more state grant money to a tiny Bible-based college in Springdale and to a Bentonville addiction treatment provider and its affiliates than almost any other nonprofit in the state, an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette investigation shows. Continue reading...

In ruling, rebuke of UA System trustee, 14 other lawyers an error

Switching courts OK, judge told

Subscriber onlyA federal judge in Fort Smith was wrong in deciding University of Arkansas System Trustee John Goodson and 14 other class-action plaintiff and defense lawyers acted improperly when they removed a case from federal court to settle it in state court on more favorable terms, an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday. Continue reading...

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...

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