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Lisa Hammersly

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State high-court rivals report on finances

Hixson’s take tops Goodson, Sterling

Court of Appeals Judge Kenneth Hixson collected more campaign contributions for his state Supreme Court race in April than his two opponents -- incumbent Associate Justice Courtney Goodson and lawyer David Sterling -- combined.

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Casino families key donors for Arkansas governor

Hutchinson's fundraising dwarfs that of rivals, campaign finance records show

Family members and executives connected with Arkansas' two casino gambling-style establishments -- Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs and Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis -- are among the largest donors so far to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's re-election campaign.

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Former state legislator's plea deal lays out bribes case; it connects lobbyists, bills he backed

Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV's guilty plea to bribery and conspiracy charges Monday outlines how the former Pine Bluff state legislator helped pass Arkansas laws to benefit certain health care and youth services nonprofits and their lobbyists.

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Widows say military-benefits 'offset' law adds insult to injury

Many in Congress back its repeal, but cost an issue

FORT SMITH -- Near Amsterdam, Netherlands, on July 4, 1972, an American neighbor introduced 20-year-old Elly Boelhouwer to a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant.

State delegation all for repeal of 'Widow's Tax'

Veterans groups and their lobbyists applaud Arkansas as the only state where all congressional members in both 2015 and 2017 co-sponsored bills to repeal the "Widow's Tax."

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County chief, ex-Arkansas lawmaker to resign after graft admission

County Judge Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV of Jefferson County will resign later this week, he said Monday, three days after a federal prosecutor revealed that Wilkins admitted taking $100,000 in bribes while he was a state legislator.

Applications offer glimpse of pot companies' owners

The people behind Arkansas' future cannabis growing facilities include doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists, farmers, a former attorney general, a TV news anchor, a former state lawmaker, a justice of the peace and the wife of a former college football coach.

Owners of top firms picked to grow pot in Arkansas include former AG, ex-lawmaker, TV news anchor

The people behind Arkansas' future cannabis growing facilities include doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists, farmers, a former attorney general, a TV news anchor, a former state lawmaker, a justice of the peace and the wife of a former college football coach.

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Scrutiny of GIF jobs finds holes

Some projects unfinished, others lack financial records

The application for $60,000 in Arkansas taxpayer money promised to help veterans in trouble.

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Individual Arkansas legislators OK grants totaling $50M+ in 4 years; scrutiny of projects finds holes

From their assigned shares of state surplus General Improvement Fund money, individual Arkansas legislators approved more than 4,200 grants totaling more than $50 million over the past four years, according to records obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Other grants raise questions about how the project benefited the public.

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