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

November 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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ELECTION 2018-SUPREME COURT-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas Supreme Court justice who won re-election after conservative groups spent nearly $2.5 million trying to unseat her is calling the result a victory over outside groups trying to reshape state courts across the country. Justice Courtney Goodson on Wednesday said voters sent a message to outside groups by re-electing her to another term on the state’s highest court. Goodson defeated David Sterling, an attorney for the state Department of Human Services, on Tuesday. By Andrew DeMillo. 500 words, with photo.

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — With a candidate who talked openly about his cancer battle and his support for protecting people with pre-existing conditions, Democrats believed they had a chance to flip a central Arkansas congressional district in a solidly Republican state. But Republican Rep. French Hill’s win Tuesday over Democratic challenger Clarke Tucker in the 2nd Congressional District — along with the GOP maintaining control of the state’s other three House seats — underscored just how much of a challenge the state remains for Democrats. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 590 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

— INMATE DIES — The Arkansas Department of Correction says an inmate has died after being found unresponsive in his cell.

— CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST — A Virginia man has taken a plea deal in connection with an assault on a marcher from Arkansas in last year’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

— DEER SEASON-CLOSURE — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has closed deer season on some wildlife management areas and private land in eastern Arkansas because of high water.

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FBC--SEC-WHAT’S AT STAKE

The calendar has barely hit November, but the Southeastern Conference championship game matchup is already decided: Alabama will meet Georgia for the league title in Atlanta on December 1. The remaining 12 teams can’t win the SEC, but there are still plenty of intriguing story lines during the final three weeks of the season. By David Brandt and Steve Megargee. SENT: 950 words, with photos.

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