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One Bad Doctor: Richard Johns Pill Mill Scheme Leads to Death of One, Ensnares Dozens

One Bad Doctor: Richard Johns Pill Mill Scheme Leads to Death of One, Ensnares Dozens

By the end of this month, at least 52 people will have pleaded guilty to being a part of what prosecutors believe are the largest drug rings ever busted in both Lonoke and White counties, including the one bad doctor who was the indispensable element: Richard Duane Johns.
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Arkansas Open Records Advocates Fear Major Change in FOI Law

In the 50 years since Republican Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's signature enacted one of the nation's strongest laws ensuring government openness, legislators have carved out fewer than two dozen exemptions to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
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Liquor Stores Ready for Next Front in Alcohol War

The battle has been lost but not the war. So says Francois Guilloux, managing partner of There Performance Group of Little Rock, a liquor store industry consultancy.
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World-Class Rationalization (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

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