DALLAS – An Arkansas legislative panel approved a probe by consultants Hewit Ennis Knupp of investment activities by former Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who was indicted June 5 on 14 federal charges of extortion and bribery.

The Arkansas Legislative Council, which includes 20 state representatives and 16 senators, assented June 21 to a $215,000, year-long contract with the Chicago-based investment consultant proposed by Richard Weiss, director of the Department of Finance and Administration.

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