UPDATE: Witness testimony begins in Shoffner trial

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Prosecutors questioned two witnesses from former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner's office as they work to show a bond dealer who paid Shoffner $36,000 got special treatment.

Jurors on Thursday listened to dry testimony as state employees explained their jobs but also detailed the specifics of bond trades that doubled what broker Steele Stephens was able to invest.

Prosecutors say Stephens had twice as much state business as any other broker.

Chief deputy treasurer Debbie Rogers said Thursday that Shoffner would make the decisions about which bond traders the state would use for particular transactions.

Shoffner is charged with extortion and bribery for allegedly taking $36,000 from Stephens in exchange for steering state business his way.

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