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4:11 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Government Details Evidence For Martha Shoffner Trial

Martha Shoffner leaving a federal court hearing with her attorney last June.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to approve some of the evidence they plan to introduce in former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner's extortion and bribery trial next month.

The government on Monday outlined how it plans to introduce evidence that Shoffner accepted more than $36,000 from a bond broker to whom she's accused of steering state business.

Shoffner is to be tried March 3 on a 14-count indictment. She is to be tried later on 10 counts of mail fraud for allegedly illegally spending $9,800 from her campaign account.

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Local & Regional News
3:51 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Logan, Franklin Counties Consider Bi-County Jail

Officials in Logan and Franklin counties in western Arkansas are discussing the possibility of building a new jail to hold inmates from both counties.

Logan County justices of the peace discussed the idea during a Quorum Court meeting last week and later attended a Franklin County Quorum Court meeting to discuss possibly building a 150-200 bed jail.

Logan County JP Eddie Finney told the Times Record that by working together the counties could save money. JP Mike Schluterman said the proposed jail would cost an estimated $12 million.

Local & Regional News
10:48 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Report: Cotton Plant Mayor Arrested On DWI Charge

Brinkley Police say Cotton Plant Mayor Ronnie Conley was arrested by Arkansas State Police for driving while intoxicated.

KAIT-TV reports that Conley was arrested about 3 a.m. Sunday by an Arkansas State Police trooper and was released after posting $1,750 bond.

A working phone number for Conley could not be immediately located and phone calls Sunday afternoon to the Cotton Plant mayor's office rang unanswered.

Cotton Plant is a town of about 650 residents in Woodruff County about 80 miles east of Little Rock.

Winter Traffic
9:57 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Search For Missing Woman In SW Arkansas Is Suspended

The search for a missing Ashdown woman who either jumped or was knocked into the Red River during a multivehicle accident on Feb. 8 has been officially suspended.

Miller County Office of Emergency Services Director Larry Pritchett told the Texarkana Gazette that the search for 42-year-old Janice Northcross was suspended Saturday.

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Arkansas Legislature
9:55 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Float Non-Budget Bills In Session

Inside the Arkansas House Chamber.

Arkansas legislators convene in Little Rock every two years to address the state's finances during a fiscal session approved by voters in 2010 - and every two years lawmakers propose non-budget measures that generally would be reserved for a general session.

Legislators say they don't want to wait to debate issues that would affect Arkansans now, even if it means disrupting the regular agenda.

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Arkansas Business Report
9:32 am
Mon February 17, 2014

2/17/14: Arkansas Business Report

The markets were closed, Mon., Feb. 17 for the President's Day holiday.

Local & Regional News
4:53 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Beebe on Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month Governor Mike Beebe delved into the 1964 Civil Rights Act, passed 50 years ago, in his weekly radio address. The governor cited the words of Robert F. Kennedy but also suggested the latent power of regular folk, especially the young, to be of critical importance in movements for equality.

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Local & Regional News
4:11 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Lawsuit Blames Natural Gas Wells for Earthquakes in Arkansas

Fourteen families in central Arkansas have filed a lawsuit in connection with a series of earthquakes in Faulkner County.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Saturday the lawsuit is against Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Operating Inc. and Billiton Petroleum LLC,

The suit alleges natural-gas disposal wells resulted in thousands of earthquakes in Arkansas in 2010 and 2011. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the earthquakes damaged the plaintiff's homes and caused the market value for the houses to decline.

Local & Regional News
5:16 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Arkansas Looking to Attract European Manufacturers

AEDC Dir. Grant Tennille
Credit arkansasedc.com

State officials are looking into persuading industries based in Europe to move to Arkansas. Both the aerospace and firearms sectors are of particular importance.

At a recent meeting of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission the announcement was made a team of officials will travel overseas to attend the world's largest air show in the hopes of attracting more aerospace developments in Arkansas.

AEDC Director Grant Tennille said attending will help Arkansas compete with other states.

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Local & Regional News
1:48 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Judge Orders Separate Trial On New Shoffner Counts

Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

A federal judge has ordered a separate trial for former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner on charges she spent thousands from her re-election campaign on personal items such as clothing and cosmetics.

U.S. District Court Judge J. Leon Holmes on Friday granted Shoffner's request to be tried separately on the 10 counts of mail fraud she faces over the campaign cash.

A federal grand jury earlier this month indicted Shoffner on the charges, adding them to charges filed last year accusing her of steering state investments to a broker who gave her $36,000 in cash.

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