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Past articles by Linda:

National group says Arkansas judges are 'fully justified' in efforts to cut fines, end cycle of debt

Two local judges' efforts to reduce costs, fees and fines that they say have trapped misdemeanor offenders in Craighead County in an endless cycle of debt are "fully justified as a matter of law and policy" in discontinuing the county's relationship with a Memphis for-profit probation company, a national organization contends. → Read More

For drug dealer, 20 years sentence

A West Memphis man who prosecutors say led a violent cocaine-trafficking ring in the area in 2012 and 2013 was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison after his March convictions by a federal jury. → Read More

2 more accused of kid-meal fraud

Two more central Arkansas residents have been charged in a scheme to steal federal money earmarked for feeding poor children, U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer announced Thursday after the unsealing of an 89-count indictment handed up Nov. 4. → Read More

Ran 'prostitution division,' Malvern woman tells judge

A Malvern woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of conspiring to commit sex trafficking by force, acknowledging that in 2013 and 2014, she ran the "prostitution division" of a Little Rock man's money-making commercial sex operation. → Read More

Cousin: Forced 2 teens to have sex

A 28-year-old Cross County woman admitted Tuesday to a federal judge that she forced her female cousins, ages 15 and 17, into prostituting themselves out of hotel rooms in Jonesboro and North Little Rock earlier this year. → Read More

25 more in meth ring plead guilty

With a jury trial looming Monday, about 25 people entered negotiated guilty pleas this week to charges related to their participation in a methamphetamine ring based in North Little Rock. → Read More

Doctor admits to fraud

A Little Rock doctor admitted Tuesday that he conspired with a massage therapist for seven years to commit health-care fraud by claiming massages were legitimate doctor-ordered physical therapy services. → Read More

Jury told how police Taser hit teen; suit alleges excessive force on walk with mother, dog

Testimony began Monday in a 2012 federal lawsuit alleging that two officers used excessive force during an encounter Sept. 13, 2011 with a 16-year-old boy and his mother on a Dover street. → Read More

Cabot man, 28, gets 25 years for sexually exploiting boy, 5

A 28-year-old Cabot man is headed to prison for 25 years for engaging in sexual activities with a 5-year-old boy and producing child pornography of the activities to share on the Internet. → Read More

Meth caused fire, court told

A Stuttgart man's need for another hit of methamphetamine will cost him $2.2 million and at least seven years in federal prison. → Read More

2 clinics' funding to keep flowing

Arkansas was ordered Friday to continue supplying Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which operates clinics in Little Rock and Fayetteville, for at least the next 14 days. → Read More

Sides heard on fund cut for Planned Parenthood

After hearing arguments Thursday about whether the state can legally withhold Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood clinics in Little Rock and Fayetteville because of concerns about "unethical" actions by clinics in other states, a federal judge took the matter under advisement. → Read More

Ex-city councilman admits role in ex-DHS official's bribe case

A former West Memphis city councilman has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge, admitting he was one of two intermediaries who helped pass bribes to Steven Jones, a former deputy director of the state Department of Human Services, from April 2007 through November 2011. → Read More

Retrial bid in mom of 4's death in judge's hands

A federal judge concluded a four-day hearing Friday by saying he would take "under advisement" a request to grant a new trial for Keith Allen Deaton of Batesville, who has served nearly 40 years in prison for killing a woman whose death he now believes he didn't cause. → Read More

Fake diplomat gets prison term on weapons charge

A Pine Bluff man who impersonated a foreign diplomat to avoid traffic tickets and was found with a prohibited shotgun in his house was sent to prison Thursday for nearly five years. → Read More

'Scared for my life,' defendant tells jury

Chris Aaron Schnarr told a Pulaski County Circuit Court jury Wednesday that the reason he shot and killed a man after their vehicles nearly collided on the afternoon of May 11, 2013, at a Little Rock intersection was because he feared for his life after the man chased him down, sped past him and stopped diagonally in front of him, blocking his vehicle in. → Read More

Tearful Shoffner ordered to prison

After three hours of debate capped by a tearful apology from former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, a federal judge sentenced the 71-year-old Newport woman to 2 1/2 years in prison Friday for accepting $36,000 over three years to officially steer a substantial amount of the state's bond business to a broker friend. → Read More

Lawsuit disputes state Rx drug law

A battle between Arkansas pharmacists and a national group of pharmacy benefit managers moved to federal court Friday in the form of a lawsuit challenging a new state law, supported by pharmacists, that governs how they are reimbursed for the generic drugs they dispense. → Read More

Suit claims 3 at City Hall infringed on critic's rights

A Little Rock man who has been a frequent critic of city officials and was recently convicted of terrorizing the city manager filed a federal lawsuit Friday alleging three city officials have trampled his constitutional rights. → Read More

Ex-sheriff Pennington pleads guilty to wire fraud

Former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington pleaded guilty Monday to a federal wire-fraud charge, admitting that he used about $22,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses such as paying his mortgage and utility bills, buying groceries and gambling. → Read More