HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Hot Springs' fire chief says the fire that destroyed the Majestic Hotel was likely set by trespassers. Fire Chief Ed Davis says investigators believe the February 27th blaze was likely set by either "urban explorers" or homeless people who were inside the abandoned building. Davis also says the cause may never be determined because it wasn't safe to send investigators inside the building before it was torn down.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Jurors in former Arkansas treasurer's Martha Shoffner's corruption trial have heard a full day of testimony, but still haven't heard from the key witness, bond trader Steele Stephens. Shoffner is accused of accepting $36,000 from Stephens in exchange for steering state business his way. Current and former workers testified yesterday, describing Shoffner as prone to angry outbursts.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers are taking their first look at legislation outlining the state's $5 billion budget for the coming year. The Joint Budget Committee is expected to consider the proposed Revenue Stabilization Act today. The legislation prioritizes state spending based on expected revenues.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A former First Minister of Scotland and member of Parliament in the United Kingdom is giving a speech next week at the University of Arkansas about the role of learning in modern society. The Right Honorable Henry McLeish's speech on March 11th will make comparisons between the U.S. and countries in the European Union. The speech is free and open to the public.
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