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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...

In appeal, lawyers say penalty unjust

Judge’s ruling appealed to 8th Circuit

Subscriber onlyA federal judge in Fort Smith was wrong on all counts when he penalized five class-action lawyers, including University of Arkansas Trustee John Goodson, for dismissing a case from his court to settle in state court last year, according to a brief filed on the lawyers' behalf. Continue reading...

Justices' ruling revisits big-donor issue

Nursing homes lose to attorneys

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court last week decided a battle between two of the biggest donor groups to the justices' own election campaigns -- lawyers and nursing-home owners. Continue reading...

UA putting on $450,000 bash

Gift to foot bill falls through, but more private cash found

Subscriber onlyThe University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will host a $450,000 party Friday night at Bud Walton Arena for about 400 invited donors and staff members. Continue reading...

3 UA trustees have links to 3 firms tied to stadium project

Subscriber onlyThree University of Arkansas System trustees -- Reynie Rutledge, Kelly Eichler and Morril Harriman -- have ties to businesses that stand to earn at least $195,800 from a $160 million project to add upscale seats to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, public records show. Continue reading...

AG calls on U.S. justices in crash-report dispute

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide a question that has wound through state courts for more than a year. Continue reading...

Class-suit watchdog seeks role in appeal

He would back rebukes for 5 lawyers

Subscriber onlyA Washington lawyer known for attacking class-action settlements he claims are unfair is asking to side against John Goodson of Texarkana, one of Arkansas' best-known class-action practitioners, and 14 other lawyers in their appeal of a Fort Smith federal judge's reprimands. Continue reading...

Defense lawyers appeal ethics-violation ruling

Subscriber onlyLyn Pruitt of Little Rock and two other defense lawyers have appealed a federal judge's ruling that they violated an ethics rule and abused the court system in moving a class-action insurance case from federal to state court for settlement, according to a notice of appeal filed Friday. Continue reading...