LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Legislation outlining Arkansas' $5 billion budget for the coming year calls for boosts in funding for the state's public schools and prisons. Legislative leaders last night released the state's budget bill, formally known as the Revenue Stabilization Act, as they move closer toward wrapping up this year's session. The bill is scheduled to go before the Joint Budget Committee today, with House and Senate votes expected next week.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas legislators are set to discuss highway officials' response to a winter storm that left drivers stranded on icy Arkansas interstates earlier this week. Senator Bill Sample, chairman of the Senate's Transportation Committee, says the joint meetings are set for Tuesday and Wednesday.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Prosecutors have questioned witnesses about angry outbursts by Martha Shoffner in her time as Arkansas treasurer, during which she allegedly accepted $36,000 for steering state business to a bond dealer. The government called current and former employees and a state auditor to the witness stand yesterday, asking them about financial transactions involving the treasurer's office and Shoffner's campaign.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - In opening statements, an attorney for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner told jurors that his client should have only been cited for an ethics violation, not charged with a crime. On Thursday, prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes to block defense attorney Chuck Banks from making that argument again for the rest of the trial.
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