LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The judge in former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner's corruption trial says he will rule on whether prosecutors proved the elements of their case if the jury finds her guilty. Defense attorney Grant Ballard has argued that prosecutors didn't show interstate commerce was affected and that payments to Shoffner didn't involve federal funds. She faces 14 bribery and extortion counts.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The mayor of Monticello has died from an apparent heart attack. Seventy-year-old Allen Maxwell was a former state lawmaker who was in his first term as mayor. An interim officeholder will be named next week and a special election will be held in June.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas will be a no-show as Democrats in the U.S. Senate plan to hold an all-nighter on global warming. Pryor is one of several Democrats facing tough re-election fights who plan to skip the speeches. Democratic leaders have no plans to bring a bill to the floor this year.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Unemployment in Randolph and Clay counties is anywhere from 10 to 12 percent, so new poultry plant jobs will help. Peco Foods has announced plans for a new plant, hatchery and feed mill that could create 1,000 jobs. The jobs will pay $10 to $13 an hour.
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