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FBI contacted in GOP fight

Fight finished, leaders say

Former Washington County Republican Chairman Jim Reavis of Fayetteville paid $6,350 in cash for 127 people to join the county committee in late 2015, then-county Chairman Lance Johnson said in a letter to the FBI.

Gun bill signing almost certain, Fayetteville forum told

The chances are slim the governor will veto a bill to allow concealed personal firearms on state college and university campuses, Sen. Uvalde Lindsey, D-Fayetteville, told constituents Friday.

Free tax filing link touted at Bentonville event

Free computer-assisted income tax filings are available to individuals with less than $64,000 income to report, the state's governor and senior U.S. senator reminded Arkansans at an event Friday.

Doug Thompson: Town hall puts some starch in Cotton

Springdale rally may be a factor

Maybe -- just maybe -- that rowdy town hall in Springdale is making a difference.

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Good grants cleared path for bad, mayor confirms

Pressure applied, rewards offered, records and mayor say

Mayor Tim McKinney of Berryville dropped his objection to sending taxpayer money to a private Springdale college and his city received $61,000 in grants as a reward, he said Wednesday.

Doug Thompson: Back into the health care quagmire

Health care drowns out all else, to nation’s detriment

Health care policy is not really a political story. It is an insurance story. It just looks like a political story.

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Workforce bill clears state House

A bill allowing neighboring school districts to pool resources into regional workforce training centers passed the House on Tuesday after it was amended to include most of the state's two-year colleges to participate.

Doug Thompson: Senator Cotton's wishbone

Patriotism, ambition could conflict

Sen. Tom Cotton's wishbone could get pulled.

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More grants sought in scheme, charges say

Latest charges shed light on Neal, Woods

SPRINGDALE -- Three state grants involving $600,000 of taxpayer money resulted in 13 federal charges and were the start of plans to obtain more grants in the future, according to federal court documents.

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Springdale's Woods, Paris indicted by feds, accused in bribery scheme

Former Springdale senator accused along with college president and mutual friend

SPRINGDALE -- A federal grand jury indicted former state Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, on 12 counts of fraud and one of money laundering, alleging he took one bribe of $40,000 in exchange for steering a state General Improvement Fund grant to a Northwest Arkansas college, plus an undetermined amount of cash in exchange for other such grants.

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