If you haven’t already, read this week’s cover story from David Ramsey and the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network on Rusty Cranford, the man in the middle of Arkansas’s vast public corruption scandal. It’s long and will probably make you angry, but it’s also a fun read in a way — ideal for the weekend.

After you read it, or before if you need some motivation, check out Benji Hardy, longtime contributor to Arkansas Times and Arkansas Nonprofit News Network, talk about the scandal with Steve Barnes in a long segment on “Arkansas Week.”

P..S: I founded the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network because I wanted to regularly be involved in doing ambitious journalism projects that make a difference. We endeavor to do that at the Arkansas Times of course, but time and money have a way of getting in the way. With ANNN, we’re really able to dig in and do the kind of stories that few, if any, outlets in the state have the resources to do — because all of the money we raise, through grants and donations, goes directly to pay for reporting, and we largely do project work and take as much time as needed.

Once we publish, the reporting goes for free to any news outlet in the state that wants it.


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