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

March 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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FROM AP MEMBERS:

JAILED JUVENILES

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Colton turned 17 alone in an unheated juvenile jail cell in Batesville, 370 miles from home. He had only a thin mat and blanket for sleeping. Slugs crept in through a space between the wall and the ground. Water was turned off. Guards took his Bible, he said, but supplied a few squares of toilet paper when asked. By Amanda Claire Curcio.

EXCHANGE-CHILDREN-FISHING FUN

JONESBORO, Ark. _ Ten-year-old Alycia Wadkins is unlike other children her age, because she would rather spend time away from screens. “It’s not right,” she said about the amount of time children her age spend glued to their phone, tablet, computer and video game screens. “You need family time and to enjoy nature.” By Matthew Wells.

IN BRIEF:

ARKANSAS CORRUPTION _ A federally indicted former Arkansas state senator whose uncle is governor and father is a former U.S. senator is now being fined by the state Ethics Commission.

JUDGES SUED _ A three-judge panel of federal appeals court judges will hear arguments next month in a Tennessee company’s lawsuit against two northeast Arkansas judges.

OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING-ARKANSAS _ A prosecutor has cleared a western Arkansas police officer in the fatal October shooting of a man who was holding a woman at knifepoint.

IN SPORTS:

RAC--REBEL STAKES

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. _ Game Winner and Improbable, both trained by Bob Baffert, headline separate divisions of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Eight Southern California-based horses flew to Arkansas for the Kentucky Derby prep after Santa Anita closed. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos

SUNBELT-SOUTH ALABAMA-LITTLE ROCK

NEW ORLEANS _ Kyra Collier scored 21 points, including the game-winning layup with 1:09 to play, and Little Rock defeated South Alabama 57-56 in the Sun Belt tournament championship game on Saturday, earning an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season. Sun Belt player of the year Ronjanae DeGray added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the top-seeded Trojans (21-10) and her twin sister Raeyana had nine points and 10 rebounds. AP Photos.

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