The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department faced scrutiny Tuesday after miles long, overnight traffic problems last week as a result of winter storms in east Arkansas.
A committee hearing was called after several state lawmakers and Governor Mike Beebe chastised the highway department’s response to the onslaught of sleet, ice, and snow that covered much of northeast Arkansas.
Visitors outside the state Capitol Tuesday may have noticed a diverse band of people singing and speaking about what they see as the immorality of recent decisions made by the state legislature.
Tuesday's gathering was the first in a planned weekly event known as Truthful Tuesday.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen replaced his judicial robes with church robes, led call-and-response songs, and listed issues like voter ID laws, access to healthcare, and the prison-industrial complex as key concerns. He emphasized this is an inclusive movement.
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.