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AP-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR

May 16, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Arkansas. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Little Rock bureau at pebbles@ap.org or 800-715-7291.

Arkansas Supervisory Correspondent Kelly P. Kissel can be reached at kkissel@ap.org or 501-681-1269.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.




WASHINGTON — The Health and Human Services Department is considering housing at military bases those children picked up crossing the U.S. border illegally either alone or after being separated from their parents by the government, according to two U.S. officials. One official said the department is looking at four bases in Texas and Arkansas. The officials discussed the plan Tuesday on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public or made final. By Lolita C. Baldor and Alan Fram. SENT: 740 words, with photos.


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Recovering addict Judith Anderson figures if she hadn’t entered a program that caught and treated the hepatitis C she contracted after years of intravenous drug use, she wouldn’t be alive to convince others to get checked out. The 74-year-old resident of Sallisaw, Oklahoma — about 160 miles east of Oklahoma City near the Arkansas border — said the potentially fatal liver disease sapped her of energy and “any desire to go anywhere or do anything.” But things changed for Anderson, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, because she took advantage of the tribe’s aggressive program to test for and treat hepatitis C. By Justin Juozapavicius. SENT: 730 words, with photos.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A panel has approved 3 percent raises for state government elected officials in Arkansas. 250 words.



NEW YORK — Walmart, long known for its “everyday low prices” mantra and as a place for basics, wants shoppers to think of it as a source for style and upscale fashion as it tries to reach more affluent customers. The Arkansas-based company is launching the Lord & Taylor store on its website in the coming weeks with more than 125 brands like Lucky Brand, Vince Camuto and Tommy Bahama, reflecting its effort to broaden its customer base, drive growth and compete with Amazon. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 410 words.


ATLANTA — Rapper T.I. was arrested early Wednesday on disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and simple assault charges as he tried to enter his gated community outside Atlanta. Media reports say the Grammy-winning artist, whose real name is Clifford Harris, lost his key and argued with a guard who wouldn’t let him in. The rapper served about seven months in prison in 2009 after his arrest on federal gun charges. He also spent about 10 months in prison on a probation violation in 2010 after being arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles. The drug arrest violated his probation and led to an 11-month prison sentence in Arkansas. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 200 words, with photo.


— FAKE DOCTOR-SENTENCE __ A federal judge has sentenced a woman described as a fake doctor who worked in four states — including Arkansas — to more than six years in prison.

— MONARCH BUTTERFLY-CONSERVATION PLAN — Public comment is being sought through May 31 on a draft of a conservation plan expected to help reverse eastern monarch butterfly population declines in an effort that covers a 16-state region stretching from Texas to the Upper Midwest.




BALTIMORE — Post positions are drawn for the Preakness as Kentucky Derby winner Justify faces a smaller field but still plenty of challenges with an opportunity to keep alive the possibility of a second Triple Crown winner in four years. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


BALTIMORE — When he arrives at Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness with Justify, trainer Bob Baffert will have the option of keeping his chestnut colt in Stall 40 of the stakes barn. The corner-stall, reserved solely for the Kentucky Derby winner, has served as the temporary home to many of horse racing’s greatest champions. 500 words.


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