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

March 5, 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.

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LITTLE ROCK-POLICE SHOOTING

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Relatives of a man fatally shot by Little Rock police are demanding the release of all audio and video footage of the shooting. Bradley Blackshire’s family said during a news conference Monday that they also want Arkansas State Police to investigate. The shooting occurred during a Feb. 22 traffic stop. 250 words.

CARNIVAL VENDORS KILLED

GREAT BEND, Kan. _ One of several people charged in the 2018 deaths of a couple who disappeared from a Kansas county fair has pleaded guilty. The Great Bend Tribune reports that 54-year-old Michael Fowler Jr., of Sarasota, Florida, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of theft. A capital murder charge was dropped. The bodies of Alfred “Sonny” Carpenter and Pauline Carpenter of Wichita were discovered in July in shallow graves near Van Buren, Arkansas. 390 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--PUBLIC RECORDS-ARKANSAS _ An effort to require the release of records from private groups such as universities’ nonprofit foundations has failed before an Arkansas Senate panel.

_ CRIMINAL JUSTICE RALLY _ Dozens of people, including actor David Arquette and his wife, TV personality Christina McLarty Arquette, have rallied at the Arkansas Capitol against what they say are unjust criminal justice laws and to encourage lawmakers to consider reforms.

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BKW--AP-ALL SEC

Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan has been voted the Associated Press’ Southeastern Conference player of the year and Vic Schaefer is the SEC coach of the year. The 16-member media panel made McCowan a unanimous first-team all-SEC selection. She was joined on the squad by Mississippi State teammate Anriel Howard. Other first-team all-SEC picks included Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter, Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham and Georgia’s Caliya Robinson. Kentucky freshman Rhyne Howard is SEC newcomer of the year. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 590 words, with photos.

Also:

_ BKW-- SEC TOURNAMENT PREVIEW. By Pete Iacobelli. 710 words.

FOOTBALL:

FBC--ARKANSAS SPRING

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ After a 2-10 season, Arkansas has opened spring practice with a mantra that is as much physical as it is metaphorical: “Earn everything.” Coach Chad Morris will go into his second year with the Razorbacks insisting that every member of the team from the quarterback to the equipment staff gives their best. By Andrew Epperson. Sent: 810 words, with photo.

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