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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR

January 17, 2019

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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:

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FOR USE Sunday, Jan. 20, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-FORT SMITH-OPIOIDS

FORT SMITH, Ark. _ Opioid seizures in the Fort Smith region have risen, and authorities are taking steps to address it. Members of the 12th and 21st District Drug Task Force, which includes Sebastian and Crawford counties, took more pharmaceutical pills and heroin off the streets in 2018 than in 2017. The jump has prompted officials to enhance their enforcement efforts while still recognizing the issue is not entirely a criminal one. The Fort Smith region in recent years has been impacted by measures taken both locally and on a state level to prevent opioid addiction and trafficking. By Max Bryan, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 724 words.

EXCHANGE-LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ An art garden, dog park and splash pad are among the features planned for Gulley Park. Not on the list is the Little Free Library, which workers removed to make room for a wider trail. Resident Jo Ann Wardein installed the book-exchange station in 2013 as a Mother’s Day gift from her daughter. About a month ago she went to put in some books, only to find it gone. By Stacy Ryburn, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1034 words.

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FOR USE Monday, Jan. 21, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-ER TOYS-HOT SPRINGS

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. _ For children at the site of tragedies and traumas, not much is certain, but many in the Hot Springs area will have a plush friend to help them through the tough times thanks to the ER Toys program via the Women’s Welcome Club of Hot Springs. The club started the program over 50 years ago, and to this day, every second Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m., 35-40 volunteer members gather at Westminster Presbyterian Church to stuff animals. The ladies average 85 animals each month, and up to 1,800 per year, according to native Chicagoan and chairwoman of five years, Beverly Goodridge. Since she became chair, she estimates the committee has made 7,000 ER Toys. By Emily Baccam, The Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 712 words.

EXCHANGE-BEES-HERBICIDE

JONESBORO, Ark. _ Bobby Coy and his son, Richard Coy, owners of Crooked Creek Bee Co., in Jonesboro, began noticing a decline in bee pollination after nearby farmers began using the pesticide dicamba on nearby crops during the past three years. It’s gotten bad enough to force the Coys to move their operations to southern Mississippi to escape the effects of the dicamba spray. The herbicide has been used by farmers who plant soybean and cotton crops that have been genetically modified to be tolerant of the chemical because it is effective in killing pigweed. By Kenneth Heard, The Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 829 words.

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