LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' state treasurer has resigned after federal prosecutors accused her of taking cash payments from a broker who handled a large amount of the state's investment portfolio.(backslash) Democrat Martha Shoffner resigned effective today from the office she has held since 2007 and was re-elected to in 2010. She was barred by term limits from seeking re-election next year.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The National Weather Service has canceled a tornado watch for central Arkansas but watches remain in place until 10 p.m. in the southern and eastern reaches of the state. Separate lines of storms were moving through western and eastern Arkansas. The stronger of the storm bands was in the east, running between El Dorado and West Memphis. Forecasters say isolated tornadoes are possible, as is damage from strong straight-line winds and large hail.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The president of the University of Arkansas system is recommending its 11 campuses opt out of a law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus. A spokesman says UA System President Donald Bobbitt will recommend that the schools continue banning concealed handguns on campus. The UA Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the recommendation Thursday.
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are seeking the maximum sentence for a former Texarkana-area youth baseball coach who pleaded guilty to molesting young players. Prosecutors are limited in the sentence they can pursue for 60-year-old Walter Richard Roberts because he pleaded guilty to alleged offenses that occurred in 1992. The maximum sentence for Roberts tomorrow would be 10 years.
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