BC-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR
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ARKANSAS SCHOOL-GUNFIRE REPORT
PRESCOTT, Ark. _ Police say a 14-year-old student is in stable condition at Arkansas Children’s Hospital after being shot by another 14-year-old student inside a school. Prescott Police Chief Joseph Beavers says the shooting took place in a hallway Monday morning in Prescott, a city about 90 miles southwest of Little Rock. He didn’t specify the school but said both students are in the eighth grade. 180 words. Developing. Pursuing photos.
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ARKANSAS-MOBILE HEALTH CENTERS
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Two mobile health centers are launching in Arkansas this spring in an effort to expand health care access to underserved residents. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the Arkansas Minority Health Commission’s mobile health unit will start making trips around the state this week. 250 words.
CHEVRON-$21 MILLION VERDICT
SAN FRANCISCO _ A Northern California jury ordered Chevron Corp. to pay the families of two brothers a combined $21.4 million after they claimed the men’s exposure to a toxic chemical while working at a company plant in Arkansas caused the cancer that killed them. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that The Contra Costa County jury’s verdict Friday. Brothers Gary Eaves and Randy Eaves worked at a Chevron-owned tire manufacturer in Arkansas. Both worked with the solvent benzene, a known carcinogen. 250 words.
OMAHA, Neb. _ A new report says a March survey of business supply managers is signaling solid economic growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states. The report issued Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit its highest level since August, 58.2, compared with 57.9 in February. The January figure was 56.0. 250 words.
_ MIDWEST ECONOMY-GLANCE
HARTFORD, Conn. _ Nearly three decades after a U.S. state last imposed a special tax on sugary drinks, Connecticut’s governor is pushing for one to help close a budget deficit — and bracing for a fight. Taxes on soda and other sugar-loaded drinks have taken effect in recent years in several cities around the country, but lobbying from the beverage industry and its allies has been credited with helping to block statewide proposals that emerge annually in state legislatures around the country. The last state to impose any such tax was Arkansas, which adopted an excise tax on soft drinks in 1992. By SUSAN HAIGH. SENT: 900 words, with photos.
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