BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR
The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:
MOVING ON Monday, Feb. 4:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Senate leaders on Monday are expected to unveil a package of ethics bills in response to ongoing corruption probes that have involved several former lawmakers and lobbyists. By Andrew DeMillo. 400 words.
FOR USE Sunday, Feb. 3, and thereafter:
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Arkansas was battered by the largest tornado outbreak in the state’s history 20 years ago. Fifty-six tornadoes were spawned in Arkansas during a 24-hour period from Jan. 21-22, 1999, said Joe Goudsward, a National Weather Service meteorologist in North Little Rock. The tornadoes killed eight people and injured about 150. By Bill Bowden, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 742 words.
FORT SMITH, Ark. _ A fully funded U.S. Marshals Museum expects to attract about 125,000 people per year and generate about $1.8 million in annual revenue with general admission tickets for adults set at $12.50. While admission prices make up a majority of the $1.8 million, the remaining balance of revenue would be made up in food and beverage sales, merchandise and space rental. According to a 38-page feasibility study conducted by LDP of London, and available at the U.S. Marshals Museum website, attendance at the museum with a full house of exhibits is projected to level out at around 125,576 visits by the year 2024 after the first few years of higher attendance from what’s known as a “champagne effect” or “novelty factor.” By John Lovett, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1723 words.
FOR USE Monday, Feb. 4, and thereafter:
ASHDOWN, Ark. _ Students at Ashdown Elementary had a century-old treat on their 100th day of school, as 100-year-old Lessie B. Green took time to read them a story. She read “The 100th Day of School” by Angela Shelf Medearis to the group of excited children, some of whom were dressed in their best granny and grandpa gear, complete with silver hair, curlers and painted-on wrinkles. After Green, who’s also known as “Dear,” read the story, Principal Teresa Wake told the students that Green had to walk to school because they didn’t have a car and that her family also didn’t have a television. By Jennifer Middleton, Texarkana Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 483 words.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. _ Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic hosted an open house recently to celebrate its newly updated oral hygiene program thanks to a $10,000 grant from Delta Dental and the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation. CCMC, which has been using an outdated X-ray machine that required developing film, had a more modern piece of equipment that it could not use because it was missing a component. The grant has enabled it to add an updated processor for the newer equipment, a panoramic ScanX Classic Digital Radiography System. Previously, the clinic had no way to view the digital images taken by the newer machine. By Emily Bacon, The Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 597 words.
^The AP, Little Rock