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

May 15, 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:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-ARKANSAS-EDIBLES

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ With sales of medical marijuana flower underway, the next steps are edibles and oils, but questions remain what edibles can actually be sold that will comply with stringent state restrictions against foods familiar to children. By Hannah Grabenstein. 450 words.

OF NOTE:

ON THE MONEY-GROCERY DELIVERY

DETROIT _ Want to ditch the shopping cart? Grocery delivery services are growing rapidly, but shoppers need to decide if convenience is worth higher cost. Big companies like Amazon and Arkansas-based Walmart are expanding grocery delivery, as are regional players like FreshDirect. Grocery chains like Kroger and Safeway are working with third party delivery services. Walmart offers delivery from 1,000 stores, and plans to expand that to 1,600 by the end of this year. It also partners with third party delivery companies. By DEE-ANN DURBIN. SENT: 880 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ LITTLE ROCK-BUDGET CUTS _ Leaders in Little Rock have delayed a decision on Mayor Frank Scott Jr.’s proposal to cut the city’s expenditures by about $2.1 million for the rest of 2019.

_ CARNIVAL VENDORS KILLED _ A Texas woman has admitted to her role in the deaths of a couple who were killed at a Kansas fair after one suspect ordered the killings as part of a “carnival mafia” initiation and the bodies were found near Van Buren, Arkansas.

_ COUNTY JAIL-INMATE ATTACK _ An Arkansas inmate accused in the beating death of a jail guard in 2016 will remain in the state hospital for mental health treatment.

IN SPORTS:

RAC--PREAKNESS-DRAW

BALTIMORE _ The odds and post positions of the Preakness are determined for a race that is without the top four finishers in the Kentucky Derby, which means the focus turns to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and the likely favorite, Improbable. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

RAC--PREAKNESS-HORSES TO WATCH

BALTIMORE _ Disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security isn’t running in the Preakness and neither is Country House, the horse who was elevated to first. There’s no shot at a Triple Crown, but Bob Baffert-trained Derby favorite Improbable and War of Will _ who looked prime to run to the front down the stretch at Churchill Downs _ are among the horses to watch in the big race at Pimlico. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos

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