LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers are preparing to wrap up this year's fiscal session with final votes on a proposed $5 billion budget for the coming year. The proposed Revenue Stabilization Act calls for a $108 million increase in state spending in the budget year that begins July 1. The state's public schools would receive $65 million of that increase.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A jury has convicted former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner of federal bribery and extortion charges. Shoffner was accused of accepting $36,000 in cash from a bond trader to whom she steered state business. The judge still must rule on a motion to acquit filed by defense lawyers. They argue that the government didn't prove key elements of its case.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - The U.S. Marshals Museum says a gift from the widow of Lieutenant Governor Winthrop Paul Rockefeller will fund a three-year lecture series at the museum. The $100,000 donation from Lisenne Rockefeller will allow the museum to bring speakers from the executive, judiciary and legislative branches of the U.S. government to Fort Smith.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Light maintenance work will result in the closing of an eastbound lane of the Interstate 30 bridge over the Arkansas River in Little Rock tomorrow. The outside lane of eastbound I-30 will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Crews will be replacing a navigational light on the east side of the bridge.
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