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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...

Applications offer glimpse of pot companies' owners

Subscriber onlyThe people behind Arkansas' future cannabis growing facilities include doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists, farmers, a former attorney general, a TV news anchor, a former state lawmaker, a justice of the peace and the wife of a former college football coach. Continue reading...

Owners of top firms picked to grow pot in Arkansas include former AG, ex-lawmaker, TV news anchor

Subscriber onlyThe people behind Arkansas' future cannabis growing facilities include doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists, farmers, a former attorney general, a TV news anchor, a former state lawmaker, a justice of the peace and the wife of a former college football coach. Continue reading...

Scrutiny of GIF jobs finds holes

Some projects unfinished, others lack financial records

Subscriber only The application for $60,000 in Arkansas taxpayer money promised to help veterans in trouble. Continue reading...

Individual Arkansas legislators OK grants totaling $50M+ in 4 years; scrutiny of projects finds holes

Subscriber onlyFrom their assigned shares of state surplus General Improvement Fund money, individual Arkansas legislators approved more than 4,200 grants totaling more than $50 million over the past four years, according to records obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Other grants raise questions about how the project benefited the public. Continue reading...

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...

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