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Jon Woods, Randell Shelton Found Guilty in Kickback Scheme
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Jon Woods, Randell Shelton Found Guilty in Kickback Scheme

Former state Sen. Jon Woods and his co-defendant, Randell Shelton Jr., have been found guilty of a dozen or more counts each of fraud, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
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Asa Hutchinson Says He's Opposed to Grocery Tax Hike

Arkansas' governor said Thursday that he's opposed to raising the state's sales tax on groceries, likely killing an idea that some lawmakers were considering as a possible way to make room for further income tax cuts.
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Former State Senate President Jim Argue Dies at 66

Jim Argue, a former state Senate president and House member who championed education in Arkansas, died yesterday at age 66.
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US Adds 164K Jobs; Unemployment Down to 3.9 Percent

U.S. employers stepped up hiring modestly in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, evidence of the economy's resilience amid the recent stock market chaos and anxieties about a possible trade war.
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Divided Supreme Court Rules for Businesses over Workers

The Supreme Court says employers can prohibit their workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace. read more >

Heated Court Fight, US House Race Dominate Arkansas Election

A race for an Arkansas Supreme Court seat that has drawn heavy spending from outside groups and a four-person race for the Democratic nomination to run for a Little Rock-area U.S. House seat headline the ballot in the state's primary and non-partisan judicial election this week. read more >

75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Combine for $38.9B This article is available only in print.

Revenue at Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield topped $2.5 billion last year, a milestone achieved by only one other company in the 30 years that Arkansas Business has been ranking private companies by revenue. read more >

Arkansas Sees 1.1 Percent Increase in GDP

Real gross domestic product grew in 47 states and the District of Columbia in 2017, averaging 2.1 percent nationally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. read more >

A Sigh of Relief (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Like many of Candidate Trump's promises — from a big, beautiful wall that Mexico will pay for to better health insurance for everyone at a fraction of the cost — his promise to control prescription costs was long on curb appeal and short on structure. A Potemkin drugstore, as it were. read more >

Stay Suspicious II (Editorial)

Judge Doug Martin's failure to recuse himself from Courtney Goodson's case at the start undercuts faith in the judicial system and is just as worrisome as the dark money seeking to influence the Supreme Court election. read more >

UA Little Rock Professor Shows Ways of Fighting Propaganda

On May 2, UA Little Rock professor Nitin Agarwal attended the kickoff of the U.S. State Department's Tech Demo program to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation. read more >

2 Arkansas Judges Issue Contradictory Orders On Election Ads

Arkansas judges issued contradictory orders Friday on efforts to halt a conservative group's attack ad against a state Supreme Court justice, with one judge ordering several stations to stop airing the spot and another judge allowing other stations to run it. read more >

More Ads Bashing Arkansas Justice Seeking Re-election Halted

A second Arkansas judge has prevented TV stations from airing a conservative group's ad attacking a state Supreme Court justice who is running for re-election. read more >

Arkansas' April Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.8 Percent

For the third consecutive month, Arkansas recorded the same jobless rate, and that rate is below the U.S. rate. read more >

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