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

May 7, 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.

The Little Rock bureau is reachable at: 501-225-3668.

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TOP STORIES:

SPRING FLOODING

ST. LOUIS _ Residents of a small Missouri town were busy Tuesday sandbagging yet another levee being threatened by a seemingly ceaseless flood. The Pin Oak Levee protects a little over 100 homes in the low-lying area of Winfield, a Mississippi River community of 1,400 residents 45 miles northwest of St. Louis. The river reached its fourth-highest level ever Monday, and while it was starting to drop, the pressure on the levee was concerning enough that residents were urged to have bags packed just in case they needed to evacuate. The National Weather Service issued the watches Tuesday for parts of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. By Jim Salter. SENT: 360 words, with photos. Developing.

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_ SPRING FLOODING-THE LATEST

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JUVENILE DETENTION ASSAULT-FACILITY CHANGES

BATESVILLE, Ark. _ A juvenile detention facility synonymous with neglect and abuse is to be shuttered and the building transformed into a treatment center for sex trafficking survivors. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that White River Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville will close by this summer. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WHITE NATIONALIST PLOT-APPEAL _ A federal judge in Little Rock has again denied an Oklahoma man’s request for a new trial following his 1999 murder conviction and death sentence in Arkansas.

_ PINE BLUFF-JOB APPLICATIONS _ The city of Pine Bluff has removed a question from its city job applications that asks about a person’s criminal history in an effort to allow people with past convictions to more easily enter the workforce.

_ INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DROWNS _ Authorities in northwest Arkansas say an international college student from Tanzania has drowned in the Buffalo River.

IN SPORTS:

HORSE RACING:

RAC--COUNTRY HOUSE-FORGOTTEN WINNER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Kentucky Derby winner Country House isn’t a racing rock star just yet. If not for the garland of roses draped across the white saw horse outside Bill Mott’s stable at Churchill Downs, or the sign beside his stall that reads 2019 Kentucky Derby winner, it might be hard to know he won thoroughbred racing’s marquee event. The 65-1 long shot was elevated to champion status by the most shocking decision in Derby history _ nonetheless, he is the winner. By Gary Garves. SENT: 700 words, photos

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