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

June 14, 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.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Senate leaders are calling for an overhaul of the chamber’s ethics and conflict-of-interest rules a week after a lawmaker who is also the governor’s nephew was implicated in a bribery and corruption probe. Several top senators Thursday detailed proposed changes to the ethics rules that will come up for a vote next week. By Andrew DeMillo. About 400 words, with photos.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Over a dozen friends and family members of Arkansas prisoners testified before the state Senate on Thursday about perceived failures in the Arkansas Department of Correction. Chief among complaints were inadequate medical treatment and lack of useful rehabilitation programs. By Hannah Grabenstein. 300 words, with photos.


AUSTIN, Texas — Texas abortion providers who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2016 that blocked a new wave of anti-abortion efforts are now using that decision to try undoing laws on the books for decades in a lawsuit filed Thursday. In suing over anti-abortion measures that stretch back 20 years in some cases, Texas clinics are putting a new spin on what has become a recurring cycle — Legislatures passing new abortion laws, followed by opponents rushing to court before they can take effect. Last week, Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge to block an Arkansas law that restricts how abortion pills are administered. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 360 words, with photo.



HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The city manager of Hot Springs has resigned after making comments to a school official that were perceived as racist. 250 words.


— WORLD WAR I-BELLS — Arkansas will ring bells across the state on Nov. 11 to salute 100 years since World War I fighting ceased.




Arkansas will make its ninth College World Series appearance this weekend, the school’s fifth in 16 seasons under coach Dave Van Horn. The Razorbacks believe it’s time they finally won their first national championship, and that they have the team do just that. By Kurt Voigt. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.


OMAHA, Neb. — If the College World Series is like the rest of the season, there will be lots of strikeouts when the final eight teams play for the national championship at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Strikeout numbers are the highest on record in college baseball, and pitching staffs averaging nine or more Ks per nine innings have tripled the last two years. What’s happening in the college game mirrors the major leagues, where strikeouts are on track to set a record for the 11th straight year. By Eric Olson. SENT: 890 words, with photos.


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