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

August 6, 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 aparkansas@ap.org or 1-800-715-7291.

The Little Rock bureau is reachable at: 501-225-3668.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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FROM AP MEMBERS:

MEDICAID SPENDING-DROP

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ Medicaid spending fell by $22 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The overall decrease came despite slightly higher spending on Arkansas Works, as the expanded part of the state’s Medicaid program is known. 250 words.

PARKING SPOT SHOOTING-TRIAL

TEXARKANA, Ark. — The second trial for a man accused of fatally shooting another over a parking space at a Texarkana, Arkansas, gas station was set to being Monday. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

FLEXIBLE PAY

Luis Vazquez and his girlfriend were down to their last $50 after she got sick and had to miss work for a month. His next paycheck was more than a week away. Faced with a similar cash crunch years ago, Vazquez had resorted to a payday loan, a high-interest, short term loan. But the couple and their toddler were eventually evicted because they couldn’t make both their rent and the loan payments. This time, he had another option. An overnight support manager at Arkansas-based Walmart, Vazquez was able get a $150 advance on his pay using an app. By Sarah Skidmore Sell and Alexandra Olson. SENT: 1,030 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL FIRE-ARKANSAS — Two people are dead following an early-morning fire inside their mobile home in central Arkansas.

— JONESBORO RESTAURANT-ONE SHOT — Authorities are investigating after a person was injured after being shot at a Waffle House in Jonesboro.

— REST STOP-HIT-AND-RUN — Officials say a 73-year-old woman from Arizona was fatally struck after leaving an Arkansas welcome center and walking into traffic.

— BOAT CAPSIZES-ARKANSAS — Authorities say a Missouri woman was killed when the boat she was on capsized on a northern Arkansas lake, injuring three others.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--CHEETAH CHIEFS

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The fastest member of the Kansas City Chiefs was drafted in the fifth round a couple of years ago. Second-fastest? He went in the sixth last spring. Now, if defensive back Tremon Smith can perform anything like Tyreek Hill during the Chiefs’ preseason opener against Houston on Thursday, general manager Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid will have hit on something special. Both Smith and Hill were from small schools. Smith was an overlooked-if-undervalued quarterback coming out of high school who landed at Central Arkansas because bigger schools were unwilling to give him a chance. Hill began at Oklahoma State before a domestic violence incident landed him at West Alabama. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 730 words, with photo.

COLLEGE:

FBC--PICK SIX-GROUP OF FIVE

Central Florida is trying to follow up on its undefeated season with a new coach, a new defensive cornerstone and the same old high expectations. The Knights head the list of Group of Five teams with reason for optimism this season, including Arkansas State. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 780 words, with photos.

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