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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...

Arkansas governor plans to look into infant sleep death rate

Infant deaths on governor’s radar

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll look into whether Arkansas provides enough funding and needed programs to reduce the state's high rate of infants who die in their sleep. Continue reading...

DEAD ASLEEP DAY 3: Stopping killer of babies takes money

How Arkansas, others try to curb sleep deaths

Subscriber onlyThe number of healthy infants who die in their sleep in Arkansas remains stubbornly high despite decades of efforts by public health officials. Even with a raft of new programs since 2010 that emphasize safe-sleep practices, Arkansas still ranked second-highest in the nation when the latest federal health data on Sudden Unexplained Infant Death were released in December. Continue reading...

How babies die sleeping

Subscriber onlyHere are details from a few cases, from 102 coroner's reports from Benton, Faulkner, Pulaski and Sebastian counties. Continue reading...

DEAD ASLEEP DAY 2: Parents can face charges; unsafe sleep deaths sometimes a crime

Unsafe sleep deaths sometimes a crime

Subscriber onlyBy everyone's account, Austin Moss, then 21, and Jennifer Moss, 19, didn't intend to hurt their baby. But the Siloam Springs couple smoked marijuana earlier that night. And while all three slept on two pushed-together love seats, Andrew died of asphyxiation. Now the parents are serving prison sentences for manslaughter. Continue reading...

DEAD ASLEEP DAY 1: In Arkansas, lives cut short; state has 2nd highest rate of infant sleep deaths

Subscriber onlyAvah Mae Forrester died Dec. 30, 2015, one of more than 1,000 infants in Arkansas since 1999 who appeared to be healthy when they went to sleep, then never woke up. Most died in surroundings that experts say were unsafe for babies less than a year old. Continue reading...

Old advice on state judicial donors cut, not revised

High court’s staff clarifies ethics order after confusion

Subscriber onlyArkansas judges no longer are governed by an ethics rule that suggested they avoid learning about their campaign's donors, after staff attorneys Friday clarified the Arkansas Supreme Court's revised Code of Judicial Conduct. Continue reading...

Arkansas Supreme Court ethics order baffles some in legal ranks

Subscriber onlySome judges and lawyers reported confusion Thursday about revised ethics rules issued by the Arkansas Supreme Court, including whether judicial candidates should continue to avoid learning who donates to their campaigns. Continue reading...

Meth bag puts new Arkansas judge in inquiry

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — The state’s judicial disciplinary agency will investigate a complaint against District Judge-elect Jim O’Hern, after police found a bag of methamphetamine in a Little Rock hotel room registered in O’Hern’s name. Continue reading...

Arkansas Bar Association unveils plan to end justice races

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Bar Association plans to debate next month whether to push for a constitutional amendment to separate Supreme Court candidates from campaigns, politics and dark-money donors -- and appoint them to 14-year terms instead. Continue reading...