Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner say prosecutors failed to show Shoffner was paid with any business funds as her legal team continues pushing for her acquittal on 14 bribery and extortion charges.
Shoffner's attorneys on Monday again asked U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to acquit Shoffner, who was convicted last month of steering state investments to a broker who gave her $36,000 in cash.
Prosecutors last week argued that they had proven Shoffner's conduct affected interstate commerce, so the conviction should stand.
This week's report: West Furniture Timber Company, Ltd. has purchased two Arkansas saw mills last week; Bank of the Ozarks approved 23 cents per share dividends increasing it's quarterly dividend for the past 15 quarters consecutively; Economists are expecting Arkansas to see job growth in the next three to six months.
Up and down temperatures across Arkansas may affect Arkansas fruit trees and a wet spring could delay planting of row crops in the state.
Benton County extension agent Neal Mays says northwest Arkansas went through "brutal" temperatures recently with several nights of temperatures at or below zero. Mays says it will soon be known just how much damage was done to fruit crops and said he expects at least some fruit buds were killed.
A new Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll shows the race between party front-runners Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) to be a virtual dead heat, with the Democrat up by one point – 44-43% – over his potential GOP rival.
“This is not where this race will end up, but it is a representation of where it is today,” said Talk Business & Politics editor-in-chief Roby Brock.
“The anticipated match-up between Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson appears to be very close. Against their underdog rivals, these two front-runners appear to be in solid shape.”
Prosecutors say former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner was properly convicted on 14 bribery and extortion counts over payments she received from a bond broker to whom she steered state investments.
Federal prosecutors on Friday asked U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to deny Shoffner's motion to acquit her conviction last month over the $36,000 in cash payments she received from bond broker Steele Stephens.
Shoffner's attorneys have argued prosecutors failed to prove that the former treasurer harmed the federal government.
Cleanup continues after a powerful storm system moved through Arkansas overnight. The hardest hit areas were in south Arkansas.
At Camden Fairview High School, part of the roof was ripped off. Classes were cancelled and school officials have been working to assess damage and determine the quickest ways to make repairs.
Power crews have also been busy. At its peak, Entergy Arkansas spokeswoman Sally Graham says more than 51,000 of its customers were without power. By mid-afternoon Friday, that was down to about 17,000.
With an increase in the potential for severe weather in the Spring, the National Weather Service is holding training programs in Arkansas to educate citizens on how they can serve as severe weather spotters.
Jacqueline Froelich with Fayetteville station KUAF sat in on a training session on the Sky Warn program and has details on the valuable information it provides to forecasters.
Volunteers learn about seasonal trends, review past storms events, learn spotter safety, understanding how storms move and act, and how to securely position themselves outdoors.