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AP-Arkansas stories for Aug. 26 and Aug. 27. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 501-225-3668.

For use Sunday, Aug. 26, and thereafter.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Sophia Nielsen, 10, who was heading back to San Francisco, pets Tula, one of the therapy animals at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field in Little Rock on a recent Thursday. At airports, passengers routinely see bomb-sniffing dogs with uniformed handlers and give them a wide berth. Other canines spotted at airports are service dogs, clearly at work helping their handlers negotiate life. But a new breed of dogs showing up at airports has only one task: To be petted. By anyone. The Bow Wow Buddies teams that recently began roaming the concourse and other areas of Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field are the latest therapy dogs enlisted to ease the stress of modern air travel if only for a few moments, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. By Noel Oman, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 990 words.


CEDARVILLE, Ark. — Small-town America isn't for every teenager. Cedarville High School's Shelbi Rice may be the exception. She knows everyone, from toddlers to the names of people's pets. The people in Cedarville know her, too. "You know everyone in your town, and everyone knows you; I love it," Rice said. "I'm known as the girl that rides horses." This summer, the girl with the horse everyone knows was crowned Miss National High School Rodeo Queen in Rock Springs, Wyoming. By Kevin Taylor, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 600 words.

For use Monday, Aug. 27, and thereafter.


MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — County officials, legislative representatives and law enforcement officers ceremonially broke ground recently on a 50-bed expansion to the Baxter County Detention Center, paving the way for construction to begin.The jail's expansion, which is estimated to cost $4.2 million to build, is being funded through a temporary, countywide one-cent sales tax presently being collected. Collection of that tax began in April and will continue through the end of September. On Jan. 1, 2019, a permanent quarter-percent sales tax will go into effect to fund the jail's continued operation and maintenance. By Scott Liles, Baxter Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 500 words.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — In recent years the Little Rock Police Department has made efforts to hire more Spanish-speaking officers in order to bridge the language barrier with the city's growing Hispanic population. Now there's a group of LRPD officers looking to make communication easier with the city's deaf population. Lieutenant Tracey Campbell said she couldn't possibly understand how deaf or hard of hearing Little Rock residents must feel during interactions with police when there's a lack of understanding between the two. Campbell's feeling of helplessness would end up spawning a weekly American Sign Language class at the Arkansas School for the Deaf to help ease communication between officers and the hundreds of people in Little Rock who identify as deaf. By Matthew Mershon, KATV-TV. SENT IN ADVANCE: 360 words.

The AP, Little Rock