Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected. Law enforcement agencies are stepping up efforts to crack down on human trafficking ahead ofContinue Reading

PEORIA (WEEK) — A Springfield man has been sentenced to multiple life prison terms for trafficking young women for sex. The Department of Justice said Franshon Stapleton, 48, ran his prostitution enterprise from a Champaign motel and used women recruited from Peoria, Champaign and Sangamon counties. In a release, StapletonContinue Reading

Lawyers from Little Rock’s Rainwater, Holt & Sexton firm have a sued a third area hotel, claiming its operators deliberately ignored sex-trafficking on the premises and allowed a woman to be forced into prostitution. America’s Best Value Inn, 200 S. Shackleford Road in Little Rock, also known as Patel LegacyContinue Reading

From our annual Giving supplement, a yearlong calendar of fundraisers, friend-raisers and other philanthropic gatherings Editor’s note: This list of events was published in December 2020. As circumstances change, events change. Please call ahead. If an event you are organizing that is listed here has changed, or if you’d like to share information about 2022 charitable events,Continue Reading