LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A jury has convicted former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner of federal bribery and extortion charges for accepting $36,000 in cash from a bond trader to whom she steered state business. Following Tuesday's verdict, the judge must now rule on a motion to acquit filed by defense lawyers, who argued that the government didn't prove key elements of its case.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers have approved a $5 billion budget for the coming year that boosts funding for the state's public schools and prisons as the Legislature nears the end of this year's session. The proposal increases state spending $108 million, with $65 million of that to go to the state's public schools. . Final votes on the bill are expected in both chambers Wednesday.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Highway Commission members have met to discuss the problems the agency faced when a winter storm left roads icy and motorists stranded for hours on ice interstates in eastern Arkansas. Highway and Transportation Department Scott Bennett says the department plans to purchase 12 heavy-duty snow plows in the next two years for ice and snow removal.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Less than 50 percent of the Arkansans eligible to sign up for health care coverage under the nation's new marketplace have selected a plan. A report released Tuesday by the federal government shows that of the 58,173 people who are eligible to pick a plan, about 27, 400 have done so during the marketplace's first five months. The open enrollment period ends March 31.
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