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

May 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.

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TOP STORIES:

HOUSE DEMOCRAT RESIGNS-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ The top Democrat in Arkansas’ House and the lawmaker who’s pushed for removing the Confederate designation from the state’s flag is stepping down from the Legislature. Rep. Charles Blake said Thursday he’s resigning from his seat representing a Little Rock district. Blake, who is the House minority leader, said his resignation will be effective Friday. By Andrew DeMillo. 300 words, with photo.

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BLYTHEVILLE-COLD WAR MUSEUM

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. _ Leaders in northeast Arkansas are moving forward with a plan to convert a decommissioned Air Force base into a national Cold War museum. 250 words.

BREAST CANCER-DIAGNOSIS

LANSING, Mich. _ The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a Lansing woman can sue the county health department that she says failed to diagnose her breast cancer. Zanetta Hutchinson filed a lawsuit against the Ingham County Health Department, a doctor and a nurse practitioner after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Hutchinson says the department allowed a malignant tumor to grow unchecked for years, the Lansing State Journal reported. Hutchinson eventually moved to Arkansas and sought treatment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Services, where doctors diagnosed her with invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy. SENT: 350 words.

OF NOTE:

EARNS-WALMART

NEW YORK _ Arkansas-based Walmart has delivered a mixed bag in the first quarter, beating Wall Street expectations on profit, but revenue fell short. The nation’s largest retailer posted another quarter of same-stores sales growth Thursday, while e-commerce sales soared. There are challenges, as Walmart trades jabs with Amazon in a fight to see who can get packages to customers faster. Walmart launched next day delivery on its most popular items this week in Phoenix and Las Vegas. It plans to roll out next day delivery to most of the country by year’s end. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 580 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MARION COUNTY-TWO SLAIN _ A jury in northern Arkansas has convicted a Yellville man for last year’s shooting deaths of his uncle and grandfather.

_ SALVAGE YARD-BODIES _ The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the capital murder convictions of an inmate serving life in prison for the deaths of two men whose bodies were found inside a crushed vehicle at a salvage yard.

_ HOG INSPECTION LAWSUIT _ Arkansas-based meat processor Tyson Foods is suing a federal agency for $2.4 million, saying it had to destroy 8,000 carcasses because a federal meat inspector lied about checking hogs at a plant in Iowa.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--Titans-Tolliver

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Tennessee Titans have added another wide receiver, agreeing to terms with Jalen Tolliver. The Titans announced the deal Thursday. Tolliver spent most of last season on Arizona’s practice squad after signing with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas-Monticello. SENT: 100 words.

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HORSE RACING:

RAC--PREAKNESS-WAR OF WILL

BALTIMORE _ War of Will came away from a near collision in the Kentucky Derby with nary a scratch on him. All he wanted to do the morning after was eat mints. He easily could have won the race had it not been for some interference from Maximum Security, and now Mark Casse’s horse is primed to show what he can do in a smaller field at the Preakness. By Stephen Whyno. 650 words, photos.

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