Mayor pleads no contest to Ark. FOIA law violation


JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The mayor and three alderman of an eastern Arkansas town pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of violating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Craighead County Special Judge Orville Clift sentenced Bono Mayor Billy Stephens and Aldermen John Dodd, Leon Hamilton and Jerry Sullins to 30-day suspended sentences. Dodd, Hamilton and Sullins also were fined $250 each and Stephens received a $200 fine. All were ordered to attend an FOIA education class.