Federal Judge Kristine Baker today refused a request to dismiss the federal-state lawsuit filed last year against the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company over the pipeline break that spilled heavy crude in the Mayflower area.
The pipeline company argued that the lawsuit failed to state a claim.
The judge said the parties had made sufficient factual allegations to pursue claims for violations of several federal and state environmental laws.
Exxon Mobil got a publicity bonanza yesterday for the darnedest thing — paying part of a court-imposed bill for damage it did to Mayflower in 2013 when a flawed pipeline ruptured and spewed heavy crude over a nice Mayflower neighborhood and nearby wetlands. /more/
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office has filed for permission to appeal a January order from U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker that granted class certification in the case concerning Gov. Hutchinson's efforts to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood. /more/
Federal Judge Kristine Baker today extended until March 14 her temporary order that blocks the state from enforcing a new law that would likely end the use of a pill to end early stage abortions in Arkansas. /more/
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker will hold a hearing at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the suit filed yesterday by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland over a new state law regulating medical abortion. Planned Parenthood has asked for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction to keep the law from taking effect Jan. 1. /more/
Federal Judge Kristine Baker today denied a request by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland that she expedite a hearing on making a class action of its lawsuit over the state's effort to cut off Medicaid to its clinics. /more/
Federal Judge Kristine Baker has issued a preliminary injunction to stop Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid reimbursement to Planned Parenthood for Jane Doe plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Asa Hutchinson's directive that the support be stopped. /more/
A federal regulatory agency has issued a final order in its review of the break of Exxon Mobil's Pegasus pipeline that spewed 5,000 barrels of heavy crude on a Mayflower subdivision and into nearby wetlands in March 2013. /more/
Judge Kristine Baker this afternoon issued a temporary restraining order that prevents the state from stopping Medicaid reimbursements for people who receive services from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland clinics in Little Rock and Fayetteville. /more/
Layoffs at the Welspun pipe plant in Little Rock are a reminder of the folly of corporate welfare and the inability of Arkansas to separate itself from global economic forces. See the Fayetteville shale. And keep a watchful eye on that Sun Paper pulp mill proposed near Arkadelphia.
Melinda Gwin, 49, of Hamburg has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to repay $210,875 stolen from the First National Bank of Crossett. She was sentenced in El Dorado federal court, according to a Justice Department news release.
Little Rock School Board member Jim Ross has sent me a copy of the letter sent by six of the seven members of the board to the state Board of Education Committee deciding what to do about the district, which has six schools judged in academic distress.
The police have charge Jeramye Morgan Hobbs, 24, with capital murder in the slaying of Frank Steinsiek. He was found fatally wounded on a parking lot in the 1900 block of W. 65th Street Wednesday afternoon.
Little Rock School Board vice president Joy Springer disagrees with the assertions made by fellow board member Leslie Fisken that the governing body is "dysfunctional." She also defends the board's close monitoring of Superintendent Dexter Suggs as a necessary step towards reform, rather than "micromanagement."