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

April 3, 2019

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.

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XGR--ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday planned to vote on a proposal to expand the secrecy surrounding the state’s execution drug supply, a measure that’s drawn complaints from press groups, pharmaceutical companies and death penalty opponents. By Andrew DeMillo. Story on merits.

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LITTLE ROCK-TRIPLE HOMICIDE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Prosecutors in Arkansas plan to pursue the death penalty for one of two brothers accused in the killing of a Little Rock mother and her two young children in 2017. Pulaski County Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Johnson told Circuit Judge Herb Wright on Tuesday that prosecutors would seek the lethal injection for 26-year-old Michael Collins of Colorado, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The county last sought the death penalty in 2009. SENT: 270 words, with photos.

OF NOTE:

FRESH PET FOOD

DETROIT _ Kibbles for Fido? Nope. These days he’s getting diced chicken with sweet potatoes and spinach. U.S. pet owners are increasingly feeding fresh food to their dogs and cats. Some order pre-proportioned meals of meat and vegetables or frozen raw meat online. Others find them at big retailers like Arkansas-based Walmart. Later this spring, Petco and its partner, California-based JustFoodForDogs, will open a kitchen at its flagship store in New York. SENT: 970 words, with photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ INMATE DEATHS _ Arkansas prison officials say state police are investigating the deaths of two inmates at separate prisons, including a convicted killer.

_ BULLETPROOF VEST-ARRESTS _ Two Arkansas men have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after police say they shot each other while taking turns wearing a bulletproof vest.

_ COMMENCEMENT SPEECH-HILLARY CLINTON _ Hillary Clinton will deliver the keynote speech at a May 25 commencement ceremony for a gifted and talented high school that she played a role in establishing in Arkansas.

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