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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
UPDATE: Judge sets hearing dates in Woods’ corruption trialAlternative Opportunities and its offshoot, AmeriWorks — hasn’t been charged.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted yesterday
Alternative Opportunities and its offshoot, AmeriWorks — hasn’t been charged. The kickbacks were in return for state General Improvement Fund grants to Ecclesia College and AmeriWorks, according to the indictment and plea agreement. Woods,... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
U.S. judge sets hearing on secret recordings in case involving former Arkansas senatorAlternative Opportunities and its offshoot, AmeriWorks, has not been charged.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 8 days ago
Alternative Opportunities and its offshoot, AmeriWorks, has not been charged. The kickbacks were in return for state General Improvement Fund grants to Ecclesia College and AmeriWorks, according to the indictment and plea agreement. Woods,... Read more
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Arkansas Business
Trust But Verify (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)in hindsight, almost as dumb as giving one guy the job of collecting cash and r
Arkansas Business / Posted 11 days ago
in hindsight, almost as dumb as giving one guy the job of collecting cash and reporting where it went. Yet that’s how the General Improvement Fund worked until it was (again) declared to be a violation of the state constitution. Woods, Paris and... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Graft trial delayed after tapes turn upAlternative Opportunities and its offshoot, AmeriWorks, has not been charged.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 13 days ago
Alternative Opportunities and its offshoot, AmeriWorks, has not been charged. The kickbacks were in return for state General Improvement Fund grants to Ecclesia College and AmeriWorks, according to the indictment and plea agreement. Woods,... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas legislator's corruption trial delayed after nearly 80 new audio recordings foundeventually deemed admissible. Neal pleaded guilty in January to receiving kick
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 13 days ago
eventually deemed admissible. Neal pleaded guilty in January to receiving kickbacks as part of the scheme in which state General Improvement Fund grants were awarded to Springdale-based Ecclesia College and AmeriWorks, court documents show. Also... Read more
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5News Ft. Smith-Fayetteville
Trial Canceled For Former State Sen. Jon Woods, Pending New Evidenceone count of money laundering and one count of honest services mail fraud. The
5News Ft. Smith-Fayetteville / Posted 13 days ago
one count of money laundering and one count of honest services mail fraud. The indictment outlined the scheme to steer General Improvement Fund money from the state legislature to projects supported through funding distributed by the Northwest... Read more
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KTHV Little Rock
Trial to begin in former Arkansas senator's corruption casestate Rep. Micah Neal, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in January. In return,
KTHV Little Rock / Posted 13 days ago
state Rep. Micah Neal, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in January. In return, the college received grants from the state General Improvement Fund. The trial will start Monday after U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks denied the delay request on... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Judge says no delay, corruption trial starts Mondaycourt proceedings as the anonymous businessman who is reported to have paid kic
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 14 days ago
court proceedings as the anonymous businessman who is reported to have paid kickbacks to Neal and Woods in return for state General Improvement Fund grants. Cranford reportedly applied for the grants for AmeriWorks, a Bentonville-based nonprofit... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Justices award court fees in GIF lawsuitThe Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday awarded court fees to a legal team that
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 14 days ago
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday awarded court fees to a legal team that successfully sued the state over the use of General Improvement Funds on lawmakers' pet projects. The decision on fees pertains to a 5-2 opinion handed down in October.... Read more
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5News Ft. Smith-Fayetteville
Trial Of Former State Senator From Springdale Set To Begin Mondayone count of money laundering and one count of honest services mail fraud. The
5News Ft. Smith-Fayetteville / Posted 14 days ago
one count of money laundering and one count of honest services mail fraud. The indictment outlined the scheme to steer General Improvement Fund money from the state legislature to projects supported through funding distributed by the Northwest... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas lawmaker's corruption trial to proceed as scheduled, judge rulesfor the first time in court as the anonymous businessman alleged to have paid k
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 14 days ago
for the first time in court as the anonymous businessman alleged to have paid kickbacks to lawmakers in return for General Improvement Fund grants, according to the Democrat-Gazette. Fifty-seven witnesses, including former state Rep. Micah... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas high court awards legal fees to team who sued state over use of General Improvement Fund moneyThe Arkansas Supreme Court has awarded attorneys' fees to a legal team who succ
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 14 days ago
The Arkansas Supreme Court has awarded attorneys' fees to a legal team who successfully sued the state over the use of General Improvement Fund grants on lawmakers' pet projects. In an 5-2 opinion handed down in October, the high court said the way... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Adviser to state has kickback case linkInc. in Arkansas, which Preferred Family took over in 2015. Subsidiaries of Al
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 15 days ago
Inc. in Arkansas, which Preferred Family took over in 2015. Subsidiaries of Alternative Opportunities received more state General Improvement Fund grant money from Arkansas legislators since 2013 than any other entity in the state, according to... Read more
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KTHV Little Rock
Ark. Supreme Court removes funding for Gold Star Monument on Capitol groundsbe upheld by the Supreme Court,” said Paul Garrett, a co-chair of the committee
KTHV Little Rock / Posted 16 days ago
be upheld by the Supreme Court,” said Paul Garrett, a co-chair of the committee to build the monument. “And, also, the [General Improvement Fund] program had already been suspended by the state. There was actually no money appropriated in this... Read more
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KAIT Jonesboro
Arkansas blocks surplus grants, threatens Gold Star monumentArkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the court ruled last month that legislator-di
KAIT Jonesboro / Posted 18 days ago
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the court ruled last month that legislator-directed grants from the state's General Improvement Fund are unconstitutional. A committee in charge of planning the Gold Star monument was supposed to... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Surplus-grant ruling costly for monumentOct. 7. That day, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional legislator
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 18 days ago
Oct. 7. That day, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional legislator-directed grants from the state's General Improvement Fund, from which the monument committee stood to receive $90,000. With that money effectively yanked... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Corruption case evidence remains under sealreceived kickbacks, according to his indictment, in a plan with Paris and Shelt
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 19 days ago
received kickbacks, according to his indictment, in a plan with Paris and Shelton involving state grants from the General Improvement Fund. Woods faces 15 counts of fraud, all relating to either wire or mail transfers of money. Paris and... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
State legal tab nears $60,000 in FBI probeOren Paris III, are accused of participating in a plan to pay Woods in exchange
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 20 days ago
Oren Paris III, are accused of participating in a plan to pay Woods in exchange for directing grant money from the state's General Improvement Fund to the college, a small Christian school in Springdale. All three defendants have pleaded... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Booneville bank awarded $2.1M from Files, wifeto federal court documents. An affidavit for the warrant said Files put to his
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 23 days ago
to federal court documents. An affidavit for the warrant said Files put to his own uses more than $25,000 in state General Improvement Fund money he had obtained for the defunct River Valley Sports Complex project. Files and Lee Webb were... Read more

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