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

January 8, 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.

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FROM AP MEMBERS:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A pediatric nurse has been appointed to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Justin Smith was appointed to the board Monday. The 38-year-old is a nurse at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He replaces James Miller, who resigned last month to focus on his family and business. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ARKANSAS CASINOS _ A proposed rule change for regulating Arkansas casinos could invalidate letters of support for a casino in Pope County written by the now former county judge and former Russellville mayor.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--FLORIDA’S FAILINGS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. _ Florida coach Mike White has three guys he can count on to bring energy and effort every day. Problem is two of them are freshmen. Although that might bode well for the future of the program, it’s not how the Gators were expected to play in White’s fourth season. So the coach is scratching his head and searching for answers as Florida (8-5, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) prepares to play at Arkansas (10-3, 1-0) on Wednesday night. By Mark Long. SENT: 600 words, with photo.

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