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

September 21, 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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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A former U.S. attorney from Oklahoma has kept his lobbying contract with a health care nonprofit that’s under federal investigation for alleged corruption linked to several Arkansas lawmakers. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that federal prosecutors have alleged in court filings that nonprofit Preferred Family Healthcare concealed its lobbying expenses and spent more money than permitted. The Missouri-based nonprofit was formerly known as Alternative Opportunities. 250 words.


— VAPE SHOP-SHOOTING — Police in northeast Arkansas say a suspect was fatally shot by an employee during an apparent attempted robbery at a vape shop.

— DRUG MANUFACTURING RULE — Attorneys general from West Virginia, Arkansas, and nine other states are asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to further tighten the manufacture of opioids.




AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn and Chad Morris joined the ranks of Southeastern Conference head coaches after winning three state titles apiece in high school and transitioning to college as offensive coordinators. The two friends have something else in common: Both could really use a win. Malzahn and No. 9 Auburn (2-1, 0-1 SEC) face his buddy’s first Arkansas team Saturday night trying to rebound from a last-second loss to No. 6 LSU. By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words, with photos.


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