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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR

January 24, 2019


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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:



FOR USE Sunday, Jan. 27, and thereafter:


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Kris Muldoon knows his way around the Ozark National Forest as well as others know their own neighborhoods. Muldoon has been riding ATVs in the Ozarks back country since he was a kid. Now, as president of the Clarksville Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, he wants to share the joy of traveling the remote and rugged two-track routes with other off-road enthusiasts. By Flip Putthoff, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 617 words.


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. _ After a string of burglaries threatened to freeze the Christmas production at the Pocket Community Theatre, volunteers and donors stepped up to ensure the show went on, and now the newly elected board president hopes to keep the momentum going for the rest of 2019. On Oct. 29 and 30, 2018, Shamus Michael Forsberg, 27, of Hot Springs, allegedly broke into the theater and stole much of its production equipment just three weeks before opening night of the Christmas show “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.” By Grace Brown, The Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 929 words.


FOR USE Monday, Jan. 28, and thereafter:


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Executives at Garver say its wellness program, recently praised by the Centers for Disease Control, helps the North Little Rock engineering firm save on health care costs and is a boon to the retention, recruitment and productivity of its employees. Garver offers a self-funded health care plan to its more than 500 employees, and its extensive wellness program makes that plan “more economical,” he said. By Sarah Campbell-Miller, Arkansas Business. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1109 words.


FORT SMITH, Ark. _ Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine students perform anatomical studies on donor bodies as part of their education. While it might not seem like a beautiful ending to a life, a donor’s brother says it is. Now, Shelby’s brother will be honored through the college’s Celebration Garden and Wellness Park. It’s a way to remember those who have given their bodies to science, said Arkansas Colleges of Health Education President and CEO Kyle Parker. By Jadyn Watson-Fisher, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1023 words.

^The AP, Little Rock

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