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

February 4, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

ETHICS-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas legislative leaders are calling for increased fines for ethics violations and a measure forfeiting elected officials’ pensions if they’re convicted of certain crimes following federal probes that have involved several lawmakers. By Andrew DeMillo. 300 words.

TAX CUTS-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s proposal to cut the state’s top income tax rate is heading to a vote in the state Senate after the $97 million plan easily won the endorsement of a legislative panel on Monday. 300 words.

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BELLA VISTA-UNDERGROUND FIRE

BELLA VISTA, Ark. _ Arkansas environmental officials say a trench around an underground fire at a landfill containing wood waste has saved up to $7.5 million in cleanup costs. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

ARKANSAS REVENUE _ Arkansas’ finance office says the state’s revenue dropped in January after sales and individual income tax collections came in lower than expected.

IN SPORTS:

BKC-ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF-JACKSON STATE

JACKSON, Miss. _ Arkansas-Pine Bluff plays Jackson State at Williams Assembly Center.

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