Tagged: Rusty Cranford

A Surrender of Oversight (Editorial)

A Surrender of Oversight (Editorial)

OpinionHealth CareLegal

The story about the mental health services provider that ripped off both taxpayers and the mentally ill reveals what happens when bureaucrats and lawmakers surrender their oversight duties to highly conflicted parties. read more >

Who's the Boss (Editorial)

Who's the Boss (Editorial)

OpinionLegal

Everyone knows the reason for a lobbyist's existence: to persuade lawmakers to do what the lobbyist wants him to do. But when lobbyists actually pay lawmakers — well, that’s influence of a whole other magnitude. read more >

Quapaw House Completes Acquisition of PFH Clinics

Quapaw House Completes Acquisition of PFH Clinics

Health Care

Quapaw House Inc. of Hot Springs finalizes plans to acquire the Arkansas assets of Preferred Family Healthcare of Springfield, Missouri, the scandal-plagued behavioral health provider that was cut off from state Medicaid payments earlier this year. read more >

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

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

Legal

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 >

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

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

OpinionLegalEditor'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 >

Farther Along (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Farther Along (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

OpinionLegalEditor's Note

Oh, to have the power to subpoena people who could answer my burning questions and then force them to speak under oath! Some of the questions I still want answered date back a decade and more: read more >

Some Things We Know (Editorial)

Some Things We Know (Editorial)

OpinionHealth Care

Legislative leaders apparently think that one can be elected to the highest deliberative body in Arkansas government and not know that ethics — as in having some — are good. read more >

Bribery Claims Overshadow Arkansas Government (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Bribery Claims Overshadow Arkansas Government (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Legal

A corruption probe that's already ensnared a prolific lobbyist and two ex-lawmakers implicated a state senator who also happens to be a nephew of the governor. A member of the panel licensing medical marijuana facilities says an unsuccessful applicant offered him a bribe that he didn't accept but also didn't immediately report. read more >

Centennial Says Jeremy Hutchinson in Default

Centennial Says Jeremy Hutchinson in Default

WhispersBanking & FinanceLegal

Centennial Bank of Conway has sued state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson for $30,037.69, plus interest and late fees, the unpaid balance of a $50,000 business loan made to him in 2011. read more >