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Scholarships approved for 193 more

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday voted to use $2 million in the state’s “rainy-day” funds to offer nearly two-thirds more Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships to eligible students. Continue reading...

81 judges since ’06 on suspension list

Action taken 157 times, files show

Subscriber onlyNearly one-third of the state’s sitting judges since 2006 have been suspended from practicing law a combined 157 times for nonpayment of annual law-license dues, according to a review of information provided by the clerk of the courts. Continue reading...

Rite for girl in foster care at hub of claim

Subscriber onlyThe parents of an 18-month-old girl who died in state custody forfeited the right to bury the child because they were estranged from her at the time of her death and did not assume “liability” for burial costs, a Department of Human Services attorney told the Arkansas State Claims Commission on Thursday. Continue reading...

Justices: Capital murder unproved

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a Lincoln County man’s capital-murder conviction, finding that the state had failed to prove the shooting was premeditated. Continue reading...

Earlier deal halts settlement with estate of ex-school chief

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Claims Commission has put a hold on a settlement agreement between the state and the family of a former Pulaski County Special School District superintendent after the state failed to present information about a previous settlement. Continue reading...

EPA order to remove dam prompts lawsuit

Subscriber onlyA Clinton landowner who constructed a 30-foot tall dam on a tributary of the South Fork of the Little Red River without a permit is challenging in court an order by federal regulators to remove it. Continue reading...

Majority overrides state veto

Subscriber onlyWhen the Arkansas Legislature voted last week to override the governor’s veto of a provision in an appropriation bill, it didn’t require a landslide. Continue reading...

Justices void Risperdal fine of $1.2 billion

Johnson & Johnson shakes state’s Medicaid-fraud case

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a $1.2 billion fine against Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary, ruling that the claims against the company by the state were not covered under its Medicaid-fraud statute. Continue reading...

Beebe veto overridden

Legislators’ vote allows well-drilling tax cut

Subscriber onlyThe Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday overrode Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe’s line-item veto of a sales-tax exemption for sand used in oil- and natural gas-well drilling before adjourning. Continue reading...

House votes GOP’s Gillam as speaker-designate

Subscriber onlyThe state House of Representatives on Wednesday elected Rep. Jeremy Gillam as speaker-designate for 2015-16, giving the Judsonia Republican a lopsided first-ballot victory. Continue reading...

Vote set for House speaker

Subscriber onlyThe state House of Representatives is scheduled this week to designate a new speaker to replace Rep. Davy Carter. Continue reading...

Justices affirm contempt fine against ex-mayor of Helena

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a $250 contempt fine against the former mayor of Helena-West Helena, who failed to appear before a legislative committee after receiving a subpoena. Continue reading...

Public defenders’ workload beyond guideline, panel says

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Public Defender Commission would need more than double the number of attorneys on the payroll to bring caseloads in line with national standards, commission staff members said Friday. Continue reading...

Lawyer: Defense needed to object to trial location

High court hears murder case

Subscriber onlyA black Oklahoma man convicted in the June 2005 murders of two women in De Queen did not receive adequate legal representation because his attorney failed to object to the trial being moved to a more predominantly white county, his new attorney told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday. Continue reading...

Judges overturn sex-case decision

Swap of charges declared ‘unfair’

Subscriber onlyA split Arkansas Court of Appeals panel Wednesday threw out a sexual-assault conviction against a Benton County man who prosecutors said attacked a 4-year-old girl. Continue reading...

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