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Former director of South Arkansas Youth Services accepts plea deal; he ties lobbyist, senator to funds

Jerry Walsh, executive director of now-shuttered South Arkansas Youth Services agency in Magnolia, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to funneling more than $380,000 of the agency's money to convicted lobbyist Rusty Cranford, a Cranford relative and an unnamed Arkansas state senator.

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Former head of South Arkansas Youth Services pleads guilty to conspiracy charge in corruption probe

The former executive director of South Arkansas Youth Services has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge in connection with the public corruption investigation that has ensnared several former elected officials, according to court documents filed Thursday.

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Arkansas Arts Center's chief accepts N.C. job; exit comes as museum in Little Rock plans $70M face-lift

Arkansas Arts Center Executive Director Todd Herman informed staff members Wednesday that he has accepted a job in North Carolina, creating a leadership vacancy at a pivotal moment for the downtown Little Rock museum.

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Arkansas college foundation in tax-status morass

Nonprofit revived in ’16 lacks own IRS exemption standing, files show

The Arkansas Baptist College Foundation continued raising money after the federal government stripped it of its tax-exempt status, a sanction that generally subjects nonprofits and their donors to tax bills.

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After '17 immigration scare, 19-year-old puts down roots in state

The young Salvadoran woman whose arrest last year puzzled immigration attorneys has since settled into a routine similar to many others in America's working class.

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Panel formally levels claims against Arkansas judge over death-penalty protest

Judge broke 9 conduct rules, it says

Arkansas' judicial watchdog agency filed formal charges Friday against Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen over his 2017 death-penalty protest, launching a high-stakes case with potential sanctions ranging from counseling to removal from office.

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UA's transfer of thousands a year to Razorback Foundation raises questions about 'public money'

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville transfers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to the nonprofit Razorback Foundation, raising questions about whether the booster club receives public money that would compel it to disclose business records it has shielded from the public, an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette investigation shows.

UA nonprofit sent $7 million to help pay 2017 athletic department wages

While the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville sends wire transfers to the nonprofit Razorback Foundation, a lot of the money flows the opposite direction.

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Leaner UAMS ready to rock its goals, new chancellor says

On the day that he became its new chief, Dr. Cam Patterson said that the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is leaner after emerging from a budget crisis and is well-positioned to accomplish new goals throughout Arkansas.

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Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium should be 'mecca of statewide football,' Arkansas governor says

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants War Memorial Stadium to serve as the "mecca of statewide football," a magnet for high school and college teams across Arkansas.

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