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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner,ADVISORY, AR

May 17, 2018

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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:

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FOR USE Sunday, May 20 and thereafter:

STAFF FEATURES:

ARKANSAS PERSPECTIVE-ANALYSIS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Andrew DeMillo’s weekly news analysis column. 600 words.

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EXCHANGE-MINUTE MAN-ANNIVERSARY

EL DORADO, Ark. — When it comes to the history of Arkansas-based fast food, Linda McGoogan is king of the grill, owner of the last Minute Man standing. May 26 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Minute Man chain by Wesley T. “Wes” Hall of Little Rock. McGoogan has been around for many of those years, either as an employee or owner of Minute Man No. 14, in downtown El Dorado. By Stephen Steed, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 844 words.

EXCHANGE-MUSEUM-SUMMER FUN

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Jeremy Mackey is settling into his role as director of education for Mid-America Science Museum just in time for the summer season. The museum’s weeklong summer camps which begin June 25, Mackey said, are where the education team gets to work closer with children in the community. “It’s a great place for kids to come in the summertime,” he said. “They get to have fun. There’s a dinosaur camp, engineering, tech-based camp, full STEAM and aerospace.” By Beth Reed, The Hot Springs Sentinel Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1136 words.

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FOR USE Monday, May 21 and thereafter:

STAFF FEATURE:

ARKANSAS ELECTION-NEWS GUIDE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An expensive race for a state Supreme Court seat has dominated attention and airwaves in Arkansas’ election on Tuesday. But the ballot will also include Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson fending off a long shot challenge in the primary and four Democrats vying for the party’s nomination for a central Arkansas congressional seat. By Andrew DeMillo. 500 words.

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EXCHANGE-BIKE PATROL

BELLA VISTA, Ark. — Pedaling along a dusty trail is all about helping other cyclists when area members of the National Bike Patrol head out for a ride. Off-road riders have seen these helpers on two wheels rolling along in their uniform jerseys with packs on their backs. The 22 men and women comprise the FAST National Mountain Bike Patrol. Their mission is helping fellow riders with simple first aid and bike repair out on the trails in Bella Vista and dirt paths in Benton County. By Flip Putthoff, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 569 words.

EXCHANGE-BANK OF THE OZARKS

OZARK, Ark. — George Gleason could have decided to put a new operations center for Bank of the Ozarks in many cities, from New York to California, and Texas or Florida. However, on April 19, the Bank of the Ozarks CEO told 240 local bank employees gathered at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark that the national bank soon to be known as Bank OZK would continue its corporate growth in the town where it got its start. By the end of the summer, the bank will begin construction of a 36,761-square-foot operations center that increases job capacity by 250 with anticipation of creating as many as 133 of those new jobs over the next five years. By John Lovett, the Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 822 words.

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