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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Running for a congressional seat in a red state that went for Donald Trump two years ago, Clarke Tucker talks often about his bout with cancer and the federal care health law that expanded coverage for those without insurance. "I beat cancer here and became one of the million Arkansans with a pre-existing condition," he says in one television ad, standing in front of a cancer institute in Little Rock. But Tucker doesn't talk much about being a Democrat, something that's a deal breaker for many voters in a state that hasn't sent one to the U.S. House in eight years. The fact that the 37-year-old state legislator is making a surprisingly competitive bid to unseat a Republican congressman is boosting his party's hopes that it can still find issues that attract voters in conservative places. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 960 words, photos.



HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Oaklawn's summertime construction projects include making preparations to race in warmer weather in 2019, when the live meet will stretch into early May, according to Jennifer Hoyt, media relations manager. Because the live meet's dates have been shifted to start Jan. 25 and end May 4, Hoyt said Oaklawn has focused a lot of its attention on preparing the grandstand for warmer temperatures. Shortly after the Arkansas Derby on April 14, Oaklawn broke ground on three new barns and a new winner's circle, which are on schedule to open when the horsemen return on Nov. 26. By Beth Reed, The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 940 words.


BLACK OAK, Ark. — A new mural is giving drivers pause in Black Oak. And most are pulling over for an extended look. Three large panels — one displaying a portrait of famed author John Grisham, one displaying a field of lily-white cotton and one re-creating the 1973's "High on the Hog" album by hometown Southern rock supergroup Black Oak Arkansas — are the latest additions to the small town. By David Talley, The Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 654 words.


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