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Micah Neal

Arkansas Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller signs the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act into law on February 14, 1967.
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Freedom of Information (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

If the cost of performing FOIA requests is burdensome, the answer is to come up with the money, not to keep chipping away at the public’s right to know. read more >
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El Dorado A&P Leaves Light On Hotel RevenuesLock Icon

Candlewood Suites in El Dorado is the city's top hotel by gross receipts, according to a list released by the El Dorado Advertising & Promotion Commission. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Legal / Nonprofits / Real Estate

Ecclesia Moves to Convert Property to Cash, Shed DebtLock Icon

New leadership at Ecclesia College plans to sell Benton County acreage linked with a grant kickback scandal that ensnared the president of Ecclesia College, two state legislators and a lobbyist middleman. read more >
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How Quapaw Is Picking Up Preferred Family Healthcare’s PiecesLock Icon

The end of Preferred Family Healthcare’s implosion in Arkansas, which jolted the state’s Medicaid service industry and scarred its political landscape, came not with a bang, but with a text. read more >
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Chocolate and Peanut Butter (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

I have a couple of favorite topics: white-collar crime and personal finance. A story that combines the two is as irresistible as chocolate and peanut butter. read more >
Micah Neal
Government & Politics / Legal

Update: Judge Grants Ex-Lawmaker’s ‘Pipe Dream’ of Probation

Former state Rep. Micah Neal, who pleaded guilty last year to a corruption charge related to a kickbacks scheme involving Ecclesia College in Springdale, was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation. "I threw it all away, there are no excuses on my part," Neal told the court. read more >
Oren Paris III
Government & Politics / Legal

Updated: Oren Paris III Sentenced to 3 Years for Kickbacks

Oren Paris III, the former president of Ecclesia College in Springdale, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for his role in a corruption scandal involving kickbacks on state grants. read more >

Say Hooray For Our Side (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

I never want anyone to be a crook, you know, but nothing pleases me more than seeing crooks get caught and punished. If there was a radio call-in show for federal court spectators, I’d be on a first-name basis with the screener. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Legal

Consultant Sentenced to 6 Years for Role in Kickback Scheme

A consultant who was convicted of funneling kickbacks to Arkansas lawmakers in exchange for keeping some of the money has been sentenced to six years in prison. read more >
Jon Woods

Update: Jon Woods Sentenced to 220 Months in Prison for Kickback Scheme

Jon Woods, the former state senator from Springdale, was sentenced Wednesday to 220 months in prison for what U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks called “bastardization” of the legislative process. read more >
Former Rep. Micah Neal, Ecclesia College President Oren Paris III and former Sen. Jon Woods

Former State Sen. Jon Woods to Be Sentenced Wednesday

Jon Woods, the former state senator from Springdale, is scheduled for sentencing Wednesday in Fayetteville, and his co-defendant in a notorious public corruption case will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks on Thursday. read more >
Jon Woods
Government & Politics / Legal

Sentencing Set for Jon Woods, Others in Bribery Scheme

Sentencing dates have been set for two former Arkansas state lawmakers and two others accused in a bribery scheme. read more >
Robin Raveendran
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Medicaid Suspends PFH After Former Exec Charged with $2M Fraud

Robin Raveendran has been charged with scamming almost $2.3 million from the Arkansas Medicaid program, and his former employer, enmeshed in corruption prosecutions in Missouri and Arkansas, has been suspended from the program. read more >
Asa Hutchinson

Governor, Ex-Prosecutor, Uncle: What Does Asa Hutchinson Do? (Analysis)

Every minute of every day, Asa Hutchinson is a governor, a former federal prosecutor and an uncle. With a nephew implicated in a bribery and corruption case, holding all three roles cannot be easy for him. read more >
Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford

Rusty Cranford Pleads Guilty to Bribing Arkansas Legislators

Former lobbyist Milton Russell "Rusty" Cranford of Rogers pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to bribing Arkansas elected officials in what prosecutors called a "multimillion-dollar scheme." read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

A Fish Rots From The Head (Editorial)

Leadership, like expectations, matters. It matters greatly. read more >
Jon Woods
Government & Politics / Legal

Jon Woods, Randell Shelton Found Guilty in Kickback Scheme

Former state Sen. Jon Woods and his co-defendant, Randell Shelton Jr., have been found guilty of a dozen or more counts each of fraud, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. read more >
The main building at Ecclesia College, seen behind the school's sign, serves as a multipurpose facility with classes, administration offices and more. Oren Paris III (inset) was the school's president.
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Gavel-to-Gavel Obsession (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

The public corruption being described in fascinating, horrifying detail in a federal courtroom in Fayetteville illustrates how public officials counted on public money and conspired to get it. read more >
Betty Dickey
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal / Nonprofits

Preferred Family Healthcare Hires Betty Dickey as Liaison

The Missouri company ensnared in federal criminal cases at home and in Arkansas announced Monday that it has hired former state Supreme Court Justice Betty Dickey to help oversee its Arkansas operations. read more >
Jon Woods
Government & Politics / Legal / Restaurants & Food

Financial Literacy for Legislators (Editorial)

Financial incompetence is not a crime, but desperate people do desperate things. read more >