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Facebook Posts Raise Questions For Employers
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Facebook Posts Raise Questions For Employers

The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled in December that a woman who was fired for posting “arguably” critical comments about her employer on Facebook could receive unemployment benefits. It's the latest decision in an escalating legal war between employment and social media.
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Dale Bartlett Items Sold at Auction

Former Turner Grain co-owner Dale Bartlett's sale of rare coins brought in about $18,000, and all the items sold at the Jan. 14 auction generated nearly $60,000.
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The Art of the Plea Deal (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

While the sentence was up to Judge Holmes, defense lawyer W.H. Taylor of Fayetteville negotiated a deal in which Dennis Smiley Jr. pleaded guilty to only a single count of bank fraud — but he had to accept responsibility and restitution for more than 20 bank victims and their combined losses of nearly $5 million.
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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Arkansas. read more >

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Amy Markham Made Partner at Spicer Rudstrom (Movers & Shakers)

Amy Markham has been promoted to partner at Spicer Rudstrom PLLC in Little Rock, a law firm with offices across Arkansas and Tennessee that focuses on companies seeking business, legal and litigation services. read more >

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Merit Selection of Arkansas Justices Gets New Look (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

The March judicial elections featuring two contested Supreme Court races won't just be a referendum on the direction voters want for the court. It could also offer a signal on whether voters even want a say in picking members of the state's highest court. read more >

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments to Boards, Commissions

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Fired Wal-Mart Worker Who Claimed Discrimination Wins $31M

A jury has awarded more than $31 million in damages to a former Wal-Mart pharmacist in New Hampshire who claimed she was wrongly fired after reporting safety concerns about co-workers dispensing prescriptions. read more >

Update: Dennis Smiley Sentenced to 97 Months, Restitution of $4.9M

H. Dennis Smiley Jr., the former bank president who pleaded guilty last year to bank fraud, was sentenced Thursday to 97 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release. read more >

Commission Hearing Complaint Against Arkansas Treasurer

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has convened behind closed doors to decide whether there is probable cause in a complaint filed against Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan. read more >

Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect 50 Arkansas Inmates

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Monday will allow more than 50 Arkansas inmates serving life sentences without parole for murders they committed as juveniles a chance to one day be free, but how that will happen is still in question. read more >

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