Tagged: jon woods

FBI: Rusty Cranford Tried to Hire Hit Man

by Gwen Moritz 3/13/2018 11:33 am

Rusty Cranford, a former Arkansas lobbyist, was recorded trying to hire someone to murder a co-defendant who pleaded guilty in an embezzlement case in Missouri, according to prosecutors.

From Skeptic To Cynic (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/5/2018 12:00 am

Has government corruption become the rule rather than the exception?

Where Cooper Meets Neal, Woods (Analysis)

by Gwen Moritz 2/13/2018 10:49 am

Like a Russian novel, overlapping federal criminal investigations in Missouri and Arkansas may need a cast of characters, and it's getting hard to identify either hero or victim.

On Passing, And Failing, Civics (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/5/2018 12:00 am

Arkansas students are required to pass a civics test, the same test immigrants must pass to become naturalized American citizens, to be eligible for high school diplomas or General Educational Development certificates. If only legislators had to take it too.

State Sen. Jake Files Pleads Guilty to Federal Crimes in GIF Scandal

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2018 3:41 pm

The Fort Smith Republican waived indictment and pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and bank fraud in connection with money routed to him from the state General Improvement Fund.

Judge Weighs Evidence in Lawmakers' Corruption Trial

by Associated Press 1/11/2018 11:01 am

Lawyers and a federal judge met behind closed doors to discuss whether some documents should be off-limits to prosecutors as the public corruption trial of a former Arkansas state senator approaches.

Trust But Verify (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/4/2017 12:00 am

I’m weary of the trope about running government like a business, but both honest government and honest business require enough employees to segregate duties and create internal controls.

No Easy Path For Arkansas-backed Local Projects (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/9/2017 9:18 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling striking down a grant system used to fund local projects didn't necessarily kill outright lawmakers' efforts to divert surplus money to pet needs in their districts.

Gravy Train Stops Here (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/9/2017 12:00 am

With the Supreme Court’s latest action, the state's General Improvement Fund is presumably a thing of the past. That’s probably cold comfort to legislators who are still being investigated.

Indictment Thoughts, Probes Grip Arkansas Capitol (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/11/2017 7:16 am

The worst-kept secret at Arkansas' Capitol over the past several months is the waiting game lawmakers, lobbyists and others play as they eye federal probes into local project money that have already targeted two former legislators.

Arkansas Court Takes New Look at Local Projects (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/5/2017 7:27 am

The state Supreme Court on Thursday will hear oral arguments in a case challenging $2.9 million in state surplus money that went toward the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District in 2015.

Ecclesia College Woes Multiply Under Federal Investigation

by George Waldon 8/7/2017 12:00 am

Ecclesia, the private Christian college in Springdale, is facing yet another federal investigation, this one by the U.S. Department of Education.

World-Class Rationalization (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/20/2017 12:00 am

One afternoon provided two exercises in compartmentalization: Richard Johns' plea agreement and the indictment of former state Sen. Jon Woods and Oren Paris III.

Updated: Former State Sen. Jon Woods, Ecclesia College President Oren Paris III Indicted

by Mark Friedman and Gwen Moritz 3/2/2017 5:09 pm

Randell Shelton Jr., a mutual friend of Woods and Paris is also charged in the 13-count indictment that represents the second phase of a corruption scandal that came to light with a guilty plea in January by former state Rep. Micah Neal.

More Indictments Expected in Ecclesia Kickback Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Federal prosecutors may soon take more action in the kickback case involving former Rep. Micah Neal, who pleaded guilty to a federal felony in January.

Identities of Unidentified Players in Neal Indictment Revealed

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/6/2017 12:00 pm

Everybody's talking about the alphabet soup of unindicted people and entities described in state Rep. Micah Neal's plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Arkansas Business has determined the identities of several of them.

Issue 3: A Job-Luring Amendment, or Corporate Welfare?

by Mark Friedman 8/22/2016 12:00 am

If Arkansas voters approve an amendment to the state Constitution in November, supporters say it will help bring more companies and jobs to the state. Opponents say it’s corporate welfare.

Broyles-Backed Publicity Rights Bill Gets 2nd Chance

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/17/2016 5:05 pm

A publicity rights bill backed by legendary former Arkansas football coach Frank Broyles' family that was vetoed last year is getting a new chance before lawmakers as they meet for a special session this week.

TLC Pulls Duggar Family Series Amid Misconduct Reports

by Associated Press 5/22/2015 3:16 pm

TLC says it has pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against Josh Duggar from when he was a juvenile.

Hutchinson Vetoes Publicity Rights Bill; Senate Override Fails

by Associated Press 3/31/2015 4:01 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has vetoed a publicity rights bill backed by the family of Arkansas football legend Frank Broyles.