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Friends of Brandon Barber Call for Leniency
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Friends of Brandon Barber Call for Leniency

Disgraced northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber wants to be sentenced to five years or less in federal prison instead of the nearly 20 years that federal prosecutors are pushing for. His friends have filled a court filing with supportive statements.
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Women Doctors Sue Veterans Affairs Over Unequal Pay

Two women emergency room doctors at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock have sued the Department of Veterans Affairs for allegedly not paying them the same as men in the same position.
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Video: Turner Grain Paid Farmer for Wheat But Not Corn

Arkansas Business news partner THV 11 News takes a look at the still-unfolding Turner Grain Merchandising situation, talking to one farmer who says he's owed money by Turner for corn the company purchased.
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Former Little Rock Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty; Scam Cost Government $1.1M

Christopher T. Craig pleaded guilty to just two cases of diverting tax payments to himself, but he admitted that the loss to the government was much greater.
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Lonoke County Farmers Sue Turner Grain

Four farm companies in Lonoke County filed a sharply worded lawsuit Friday against Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and its related companies that alleges fraud, theft by deception and breach of contract. read more >

In Lee County, Judge Hears Details of Turner Grain, Related Companies

A Lee County Circuit judge excuses a Dumas company from a blanket order issued last week in an attempt to preserve assets claimed by farmers who did business with Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley. read more >

King Coal Investigation Heating Up; FBI Executes New Search Warrant

The federal criminal investigation of King Coal LLC is apparently heating up again: A search-and-seizure warrant was executed Wednesday at the company's offices in Little Rock's Riverdale area, the FBI confirmed. read more >

Tyson Foods, Hillshire Settle With Justice Department Over $8.5B Merger

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale and Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago say they have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division that, if approved, would allow the companies' $8.5 billion merger to proceed. read more >

Armed and Dangerous in Ferguson (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

The tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri have raised important questions about the role of a militarized local police in our communities. The resources on display in that small Missouri town exist in many communities across the country, and shedding light on them is both necessary and justified. read more >

Butch Calhoun Requests Assistance for Turner Grain Farmers

Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun has requested assistance from his national counterpart, Tom Vilsack, for Arkansas farmers and others in nearby states affected by the unraveling of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley. read more >

In Lawsuit, Arvest Bank Seeks $467K From Dennis Smiley Jr.

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville has sued to collect more than $467,000 in delinquent debt associated with its former Bentonville market president Dennis Smiley. Arvest's actions make it the 11th bank to file details of delinquent loan claims associated with Dennis Smiley Jr. The two lawsuits pushes the known claims against Smiley to about $2.5 million. read more >

Farmers Wait for Turner Grain's Next Move

Some farmers doing business with Turner Grain apparently had only oral contracts with Turner, one agriculture expert says. That lack of formal contracts could complicate a Turner bankruptcy. read more >

Let the Sunshine In (Editorial)

If Jonesboro wants to be perceived as a player in economic development — and an effort by Arkansas State University to create an osteopathic medical school and hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial construction in the last few years indicate it does — then it should consider reining in its “Dukes of Hazzard”-quality police chief, Michael Yates. read more >

Hospital Operator Community Health Systems Owes Millions to Fed

CHS, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, agreed on Aug. 8 to pay $98.15 million to resolve “multiple lawsuits alleging that the company knowingly billed government health care programs for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient or observation services,” according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice. read more >

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