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1:47 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Arkansas Police Join Effort To End Texting & Driving

Law enforcement agencies across Arkansas are joining a national effort to stop texting while driving.

Arkansas State Police said Monday that the crackdown is part of a six-day national program that begins Thursday.

The U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign combines officers watching for drivers who are texting along with a national advertising and media plan designed to inform the public about stepped-up patrols and a driver's responsibility to obey the law.

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Local & Regional News
12:13 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Ex-Treasurer's Lawyers Continue Push For Acquittal After Jury Conviction

Martha Shoffner, leaving federal court last month in Little Rock after her convicted on 14 bribery and extortion charges.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

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.

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Local & Regional News
11:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Manslaughter Charges Dropped Against Ex-Little Rock Officer

Former Little Rock Officer Joshua Hastings in court Monday.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A judge has dismissed manslaughter charges filed against a Little Rock police officer who was set to go to trial for the third time in the shooting death of a teenager.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted the prosecutors' request Monday to drop charges against Josh Hastings.

In a motion, the prosecution said it made the request "based on its good faith belief that it cannot obtain a conviction" against Hastings.

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Arkansas Business Report
7:51 am
Mon April 7, 2014

4/7/14: Arkansas Business Report

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.

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Local & Regional News
1:49 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Fruit Trees, Row Crops May Be Affected By Recent Weather

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.

Local & Regional News
1:45 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race

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.”

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Local & Regional News
4:22 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Prosecutors: Ex-Treasurer Martha Shoffner Was Properly Convicted

File photo of Martha Shoffner leaving court after last month's conviction.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

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.

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Local & Regional News
4:15 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Repairs To Continue Through The Weekend After Storms Cut Through Arkansas

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.

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Local & Regional News
4:15 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Trial Delayed For Former Ouachita County Judge

A federal judge has delayed the trial of a former Ouachita County judge accused of awarding a disaster-relief contract in exchange for a campaign contribution.

Mike Hesterly was set to go to trial Monday on bribery and fraud charges, but a judge on Friday delayed the trial until July 8.

Hesterly's lawyers had sought a delay, saying that Hesterly was recovering from a recent back surgery.

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Local & Regional News
12:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Judge Addresses Issues In Central Arkansas Desegregation Case

A federal judge says a panel that reviews magnet school programs for three central Arkansas school districts involved in a long-running desegregation battle will cease to exist this summer.

U.S. District Judge Price Marshall also said at a hearing Friday that he may dissolve the Office of Desegregation Monitoring.

The office has reviewed the racial balance of the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts for decades. Its work would then be done by a court-appointed expert.

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