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

July 30, 2018

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.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank this month in Missouri, killing 17 people, put profits over people’s safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks boat on a lake despite design problems and warnings of severe weather, a lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit filed Sunday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City seeks $100 million in damages on behalf of two of nine members of an Indiana family who died when the tourist boat sank July 19 at Table Rock Lake near Branson. Others killed were from Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri. By Margaret Stafford. SENT: 660 words, with photos, video.





SPRINGDALE, Ark. — A northwest Arkansas city will use a $96,000 grant from Tyson Foods to create a welcoming plan that focuses on the area’s various cultures. Springdale City Council members voted last week to accept the one-year grant, The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported . 250 words.


— ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL-BABY — Arkansas’ attorney general has given birth to a baby girl, making her the first constitutional officer in the state’s history to give birth while holding office.

— MINIMUM WAGE-ARKANSAS — Supporters of an effort to raise Arkansas’ minimum wage have been given an additional 30 days to circulate petitions after falling short of the signatures required to qualify for the November ballot.

— PINE BLUFF SLAYINGS — Authorities in Pine Bluff are investigating a pair of shooting deaths.

— TYSON-TARIFFS — Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is citing higher tariffs and uncertainty about trade policies in cutting its profit forecast.


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