Tagged: jon woods

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.

Panel Changes Arkansas Pay Raise Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/14/2014 4:33 pm

A newly formed commission meeting this week to review and adjust Arkansas elected officials' salaries changes the dynamic of a long-running debate among policymakers. Arkansas' pay for governor, legislators and other elected positions pale when compared to most states, but there's little political upside to increasing those salaries.

Springdale First in Northwest Arkansas To Get CNG Fuel Station

by Marty Cook 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Heath Ward, the executive director of Springdale Water Utilities, says it was an easy decision to commit to buy two vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.

Tough Road for Ethics, Term Limits Item (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/27/2014 3:42 pm

A proposal to restrict lobbyists' gifts to lawmakers and loosen Arkansas' term limits was touted as a way to put major ethics reforms on the ballot. But the proposed constitutional amendment is facing growing opposition focused primarily on its term limits provisions.

Arkansas House OKs Naming Springdale World's Poultry Capital

by Associated Press 4/2/2013 7:44 am

A proposal to name Springdale the "Poultry Capital of the World" is poised to become law in Arkansas after winning final approval from the Legislature Monday. The House approved the measure on an 85-0 vote.

Bill Would Name Springdale 'Poultry Capital of the World'

by Associated Press 3/22/2013 8:02 am

Arkansas lawmakers have hatched a plan to market the home of Tyson Foods Inc. by declaring it the "Poultry Capital of the World."

Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh Constitutional Amendments

by Associated Press 2/14/2013 7:25 am

A package of campaign finance and ethics rules is among proposed constitutional amendments that Arkansas lawmakers will consider referring to voters during this year's legislative session.