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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR

February 28, 2019


Wire Editors,

Photo Editors,

The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:



MOVING ON Sunday, March 3:


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ An illegal debris disposal burn site in a northwest Arkansas town has become an environmental hazard and financial drain, with some complaining about health problems and declining property values from the smoke, after officials discovered the site was used to dispose of man-made waste. By Hannah Grabenstein. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos.



FOR USE Sunday, March 3, and thereafter:


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Core Brewing is closing down four of its pubs in Northwest Arkansas and plans to reopen and renovate the taproom at its Springdale brewery in April. The state’s second-largest craft brewer is shuttering its Fayetteville location, along with its public houses at Pinnacle Hills in Rogers and downtown Bentonville. It will close its downtown Springdale pub at the end of March. By John Magsam, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 543 words.


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. _ Teen Court, the latest diversion program introduced to the juvenile court system, held its first mock trial on a recent February night in preparation for the actual proceedings the students will experience in the months to come. Officials who participated in overseeing the mock trial said they were hopeful the program will have a positive impact on juveniles on both sides of the program. The Teen Court program is designed to steer low and moderate risk juvenile delinquents away from the courtroom. By Grace Brown, The Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 771 words.


FOR USE Monday, March 4, and thereafter:


BENTONVILLE, Ark. _ A $1.1 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation will provide more technological resources for students in the School District’s Ignite Professional Studies program. Ignite, in its fourth year, immerses students from both of the district’s high schools in a professional environment with support from a facilitating teacher and professional mentors. It offers classes in eight career fields. By David Perozek, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 607 words.


JONESBORO, Ark. _ Both of Alyssa Weyer’s parents worked as physical therapists, so she saw first-hand the benefits of helping others with medical needs. But when her mother and father both suffered catastrophic illnesses, it confirmed Weyer’s decision to enter medical school at the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. Weyer, 25, is one of 115 of the college’s first class of students, entering school in 2016 when the school opened in the old Wilson Hall building on the ASU-Jonesboro campus. By Kenneth Heard, The Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 799 words.

^The AP, Little Rock