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Friday, May 19, 2017
Amended filing ramps up claims against Ecclesia | NWADG:
"Amended filing ramps up claims against Ecclesia
It alleges public-funds fraud
By Ron Wood
Posted: May 19, 2017 at 2:16 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Plaintiff attorneys have raised the ante in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over documents that Ecclesia College in Springdale is refusing to release.
Travis Story, attorney for the college, in a renewed motion to dismiss filed late last week, contended that the documents sought by Jim Parsons, a former teacher and board member at the college, can't be released because they are covered in a protective order issued by a federal judge hearing the corruption case of former state Sen. Jonathan Woods, Ecclesia President Oren Paris III and Randall Shelton Jr. Former Rep. Micah Neal has pleaded guilty for his role in the case.
Arkansas legislators gave nearly $700,000 of taxpayers' money to the private Christian college in Springdale from the state's General Improvement Fund."
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