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AP-AR--Arkansas News Digest 3:30 pm, AR

October 5, 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.

The news editor for Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma is Kim Johnson, who can be reached at kjohnson@ap.org or (972) 991-2100.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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COLD CASE CRIMES

ST. LOUIS — An Arkansas man who killed himself during a 1999 police standoff at a Missouri motel was a killer and rapist who strangled a South Carolina woman in 1990 and gunned down a Missouri mother and daughter eight years later, authorities said Friday. Advancements in DNA testing enabled investigators to link the three killings and the 1997 rape of a 14-year-old girl in Memphis, Tennessee, to Robert Brashers, of Paragould. By Jim Salter. 640 words.

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SCHOOL SECURITY-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A survey conducted by an Arkansas commission has found that the state’s school districts are working to improve safety for students and staff. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Arkansas School Safety Commission recently released a survey that shows districts are upgrading physical security of buildings, emergency procedures, mental health support and communication with law enforcement agencies. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— VARSITY FOOTBALL CANCELED — A high school in northeast Arkansas has canceled the remainder of its varsity football season after players quit the team following a meeting about bullying and unsportsmanlike behavior.

— CHANCELLOR’S REPORT-UNIVERISTY — The chancellor of the University of Arkansas says two top priorities for the campus are construction of both a new student center and a research building to enable more faculty research.

— ELECTION-2018-CASINO AMENDMENT-ECONOMIC IMPACT— A study by an economic research institute has found that the economic impact from approving Arkansas’ casino ballot measure could result in 6,000 additional jobs for the state and $39 million in annual state and local revenue.

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T25 ALABAMA-ARKANSAS PREVIEW

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— Chad Morris is off to a rough start at Arkansas, with his Razorbacks losing four straight games and appearing well on their way to missing out on a bowl game for the second straight season.Just when Morris has Arkansas showing signs of improvement, the first-year coach is about to get a harsh reminder of how far he has to go.

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