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Indicted on fraud charges, state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson resigns

Arkansas Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson resigned Friday, effective immediately, after a federal grand jury indicted the veteran lawmaker on 12 counts of wire and tax fraud, accusing him of misspending campaign donations and underreporting his income on federal tax forms.

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Arkansas congressman's 'no' vote vexes military widow

Before approving a proposed budget blueprint this week, the Republican-dominated House Budget Committee blocked efforts to change a federal law that withholds monthly annuity payments from thousands of military widows and widowers.

Ex-judge called on to scrutinize central Arkansas drug court after prosecutor called it 'catastrophe'

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday named a retired circuit judge, Bentley Story of Forrest City, to untangle objections and controversies surrounding state court operations in Pulaski and Perry counties.

Central Arkansas drug court a disaster, prosecutor tells justices

Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley on Thursday called Circuit Judge Mary McGowan's drug court a "catastrophe" and pointed to a state study he says shows an "unacceptably high re-arrest rate" for defendants she supervises.

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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.

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