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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...

Arkansas congressman's 'no' vote vexes military widow

Subscriber onlyBefore approving a proposed budget blueprint this week, the Republican-dominated House Budget Committee blocked efforts to change a federal law that withholds monthly annuity payments from thousands of military widows and widowers. Continue reading...

Ex-judge called on to scrutinize central Arkansas drug court after prosecutor called it 'catastrophe'

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday named a retired circuit judge, Bentley Story of Forrest City, to untangle objections and controversies surrounding state court operations in Pulaski and Perry counties. Continue reading...

Central Arkansas drug court a disaster, prosecutor tells justices

Subscriber onlyPulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley on Thursday called Circuit Judge Mary McGowan's drug court a "catastrophe" and pointed to a state study he says shows an "unacceptably high re-arrest rate" for defendants she supervises. Continue reading...

State high-court rivals report on finances

Hixson’s take tops Goodson, Sterling

Subscriber onlyCourt of Appeals Judge Kenneth Hixson collected more campaign contributions for his state Supreme Court race in April than his two opponents -- incumbent Associate Justice Courtney Goodson and lawyer David Sterling -- combined. Continue reading...

Casino families key donors for Arkansas governor

Hutchinson's fundraising dwarfs that of rivals, campaign finance records show

Subscriber onlyFamily members and executives connected with Arkansas' two casino gambling-style establishments -- Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs and Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis -- are among the largest donors so far to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's re-election campaign. Continue reading...

Former state legislator's plea deal lays out bribes case; it connects lobbyists, bills he backed

Subscriber onlyHenry "Hank" Wilkins IV's guilty plea to bribery and conspiracy charges Monday outlines how the former Pine Bluff state legislator helped pass Arkansas laws to benefit certain health care and youth services nonprofits and their lobbyists. Continue reading...

Widows say military-benefits 'offset' law adds insult to injury

Many in Congress back its repeal, but cost an issue

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Near Amsterdam, Netherlands, on July 4, 1972, an American neighbor introduced 20-year-old Elly Boelhouwer to a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant. Continue reading...

State delegation all for repeal of 'Widow's Tax'

Subscriber onlyVeterans groups and their lobbyists applaud Arkansas as the only state where all congressional members in both 2015 and 2017 co-sponsored bills to repeal the "Widow's Tax." Continue reading...

County chief, ex-Arkansas lawmaker to resign after graft admission

Subscriber onlyCounty Judge Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV of Jefferson County will resign later this week, he said Monday, three days after a federal prosecutor revealed that Wilkins admitted taking $100,000 in bribes while he was a state legislator. Continue reading...

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