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11:10 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Defense For Former Arkansas Treasurer Rests Without Calling Witnesses

File photo of Martha Shoffner and attorney Chuck Banks leaving the federal courthouse in June 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Lawyers for a former Arkansas treasurer charged with corruption have decided against calling any witnesses to the stand.

Closing arguments at Martha Shoffner's federal trial were set for Tuesday morning and jurors could get the case in the afternoon.

Defense lawyers had claimed Monday that the federal government didn't prove its case and asked U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to order her acquittal. Holmes said he would withhold judgment until after jurors deliberate.

Prosecutors allege Shoffner took $36,000 from a bond broker and steered state business his way.

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Local & Regional News
10:56 am
Tue March 11, 2014

State Says 75 Arkansas School Districts Want Snow Day Waivers

The Arkansas Department of Education says 75 school districts and charter schools have requested waivers to reduce the number of snow days that must be made up this year.

Department spokeswoman Kimberly Friedman says the Arkansas Board of Education will consider the requests during its March 20-21 meeting.

Schools must have class for 178 days each school year, but the state can waive that number on a case-by-case basis. A district must miss more than 10 days to be eligible for a waiver.

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The Metropolitan Opera
9:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

March 15: Werther

A scene from Massenet's "Werther" with Jonas Kaufmann as the title character and Sophie Koch as Charlotte.
Credit Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of the tragic romance Werther, Saturday, March 15 at noon on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Local & Regional News
6:12 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers To Hear From Highway Officials About Winter Storm

An Arkansas legislative committee is scheduled to hear from state highway officials about their response to a winter storm that left drivers stranded on icy interstates in eastern Arkansas last week.

A joint meeting with both House and Senate members is set for Tuesday to hear from Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett.

Arkansas State Police director Col. Stan Witt is also expected to attend the hearings and answer questions.

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Talk Business Arkansas
6:30 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

3/10/14: Talk Business Arkansas

This week on Talk Business Arkansas: The 2014 election season is set; The "private option" is signed again into law; Senator Mark Pryor and Congressman Tom Cotton's campaigns get testy over the military.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Industrial Poultry Invests in Northeast Arkansas

AEDC Director Grant Tennille in Governor's Conference Room
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

State and local government entities are contributing millions to a major investment in northeast Arkansas expected to generate more than 1,000 jobs. Plans for a $165 million industrial poultry operation with new facilities in Randolph and Clay counties were detailed Monday in front of a room full of onlookers. Governor Mike Beebe was joined by the CEO of Peco Foods, Mark Hickman.

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Special Election
4:14 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Pulaski Tech Seeks Millage Increase

Pulaski County voters will get to decide whether to allow a 1.9-mill property tax increase in a special election to provide additional funding for Pulaski Technical College. The two year college is seeking to create a tax district to generate approximately 11 million dollars in annual revenue.

The special election will be held Tuesday. The 1.9 mill increase would amount to about 38 dollars per 100,000 dollars of a property's assessed value.

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Local & Regional News
2:13 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Trial Begins For Ex-UCA Official In Test Thefts

A former University of Central Arkansas student says UCA's ex-chief of staff gave him campus master keys so he could steal tests from the offices of professors.

Cameron Stark testified Monday in the trial of Jack Gillean, who faces six counts of commercial burglary.

Stark testified that he and Gillean became close friends and that Gillean hired him to work in the UCA president's office.

Stark said he later asked Gillean if he had keys to access offices and that Gillean provided him with a master key.

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Local & Regional News
9:15 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Land Donated For Medical School Near Fort Smith

The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority has reclassified 200 acres of land donated to a planned medical school near Fort Smith.

The action changes permitted use of the land from mixed commercial and residential to institutional and clears the way for building permits.

The Fort Smith Regional Healthcare Foundation announced plans in February for what it calls the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. The foundation's board of directors committed $58 million to the project and the Redevelopment Authority donated the land.

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Local & Regional News
9:11 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Trial To Start For Ex-UCA Official In Test Thefts Case

The trial of a former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff charged in the theft of tests is scheduled to start.

The trial for Jack Gillean is to begin with opening statements Monday in Van Buren County Circuit Court in Clinton after being moved there from Faulkner County because of pretrial publicity. A jury of seven men and five women plus two alternates was seated last week.

Gillean has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Gillean gave a UCA student a master key - knowing that the student would use it to steal tests from the offices of professors.

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