AP-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR
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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday campaigns in Arkansas for the Democrats hoping to unseat a Little Rock area congressman and the state’s Republican governor. By Andrew DeMillo. 300 words.
WHITE NATIONALIST PLOT-APPEAL
OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma man sentenced to death in 1999 for killing an Arkansas family in a plot to set up a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest wants a new trial. Danny Lee’s attorneys say in documents filed Monday in Little Rock federal court that prosecutors illegally failed to tell defense attorneys that a witness who testified that Lee admitted to the murders also told investigators he believed Lee was lying. By Ken Miller. 350 words.
DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT-CITY RESPONSE
DALLAS — In the days after an off-duty Dallas police officer fatally shot a man after she says she mistook her apartment for his own, police and city officials were quick to throw their support behind the victim’s family, acting in some ways as advocates. The actions of the police chief, mayor and Dallas County district attorney appear to be a departure from other police shootings where law officers came to the defense of the officer. The officer was later charged with manslaughter in last week’s death of a neighbor, a 2016 graduate of Harding University in Arkansas. By David Warren and Jamie Stengle. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.
DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT
DALLAS — Attorneys for the family of a black man who was shot and killed by a white Dallas police officer who says she mistook his apartment for hers are criticizing an affidavit that gives a narrative of what happened. The lawyers said the arrest affidavit released Monday contradicts neighbors’ accounts. Amid their concerns, though, the district attorney said the case against Amber Guyger, who’s charged with manslaughter, will get a hard look by prosecutors and be presented to a grand jury. The victim, Botham Jean, graduated from Harding University in Arkansas. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 990 words, with photos, video.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Little Rock police say they found “insufficient evidence” that officers mistreated the family of a slain teen while investigating her disappearance. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports police sent an Aug. 28 letter to Laurie Jernigan, whose daughter Ebby Steppach was 18 when she disappeared in 2015. Her remains were found in a drainage pipe at a Little Rock park. The letter says the department can’t prove that officers “were rude and unprofessional” to Jernigan, who in February filed a complaint against three officers. 250 words.
— DOUBLE KILLING ARREST — Police in western Arkansas say a man suspected in a double slaying has been captured in Memphis, Tennessee.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Overall top 10 overall high school football teams in Arkansas and the top five in Classes 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A, as voted by a panel of sports media from around Arkansas for the week ending September 8. Ranking is given with first-place votes received, records, total points and last week’s rankings:
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Chad Morris still hasn’t chosen a starting quarterback between Ty Storey and Cole Kelley. Neither stood out in the Razorbacks’ 34-27 loss at Colorado State last Saturday. Morris expects both to play Saturday against North Texas. 140 words.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former Arkansas State coach Hugh Freeze was regretful as he reflected on the personal conduct that cost him his job at Ole Miss. Freeze spoke at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday. Freeze, who coached Ole Miss from 2012-2016, resigned in July 2017 after university officials found a “pattern of personal misconduct” starting with the school’s investigation into a call to an escort service. SENT: 130 words.
SUN BELT COMMISSIONER
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The outgoing commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference says an Atlanta-based firm has been retained to search for a new commissioner. Commissioner Karl Benson told the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette the conference has retained Parker Executive Search. 130 words.
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