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Southwest Arkansas hospital set to face audit over its use of American Rescue Plan funds

BY: - December 7, 2023

This story was updated Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, with comments from Lori House. Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday greenlit a potential audit into a Southwest Arkansas hospital’s use of federal COVID-19 relief funds it received last year. Sevier County Medical Center received $6.25 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds in December 2022, shortly before the […]

Lawmakers OK fresh audit into Arkansas PBS’ purchases, procedures as far back as July 2021

BY: - November 9, 2023

Arkansas lawmakers asked the state’s nonpartisan auditing body on Thursday to examine more than two years of “procurements and related processes” at Arkansas PBS. The request comes after the state’s regularly scheduled fiscal year 2022 audit into the publicly funded educational channel revealed what auditors considered questionable purchasing practices. At the heart of lawmakers’ and […]

Auditor: Investigation into Arkansas governor’s lectern purchase unlikely to end this year

BY: - November 8, 2023

The investigation into Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ controversial lectern purchase and effort to shield records related to her security detail likely won’t be finished this year, the lead auditor at Arkansas’ nonpartisan agency that investigates government spending said Wednesday. Sanders’ office drew widespread attention in September for the purchase of a $19,000 lectern and […]

Four more rural Arkansas hospitals set to receive federal pandemic relief funds

BY: - October 17, 2023

More than $16 million in federal aid will go to four rural Arkansas hospitals that received preliminary approval for the funds Tuesday from state lawmakers.  The full Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday will vote on whether to disburse the funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, aimed at covering costs incurred during […]

UPDATED: Panel OKs audit of Arkansas governor’s lectern purchase, some FOIA-exempt records

BY: - October 13, 2023

This story was updated at 10:33 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday and Friday approved a request for a nonpartisan investigation into Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ purchase of a $19,000 lectern, as well as expenditures by the governor’s office that were recently made private by a new law. State Sen. Jimmy Hickey, […]