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

January 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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ISRAEL BOYCOTT-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A federal judge on Friday held a hearing on a newspaper’s request to block an Arkansas law that requires government contractors to pledge to not boycott Israel. The judge did not immediately rule. By Andrew DeMillo. 400 words.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA-ARKANSAS

FORT SMITH, Ark. _ Arkansas’ health department has yet to issue licenses to the thousands of residents approved to buy medical marijuana in the state, which is affecting patients’ ability to get temporary licenses in neighboring Oklahoma. Arkansas Department of Health spokeswoman Meg Mirivel says medical marijuana cards likely won’t be distributed until February. She says local officials don’t want residents to pay for a card they won’t be able to use yet, in part because the cards must be renewed after a year. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ LITTLE ROCK-TWO DEAD _ Police in Little Rock say two people have died following a shooting on the city’s south side.

_ LITTLE ROCK SHOOTING-TRIAL _ A Tennessee rapper will stand trial March 11 on charges he illegally carried a gun at a 2017 concert in Little Rock that ended in a gang shootout.

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COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--SEC THIS WEEK _ By Steve Megargee and David Brandt. SENT: 460 words, with photos.

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