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

January 19, 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.

The Little Rock bureau is reachable at: 501-225-3668.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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FROM AP MEMBERS:

EXCHANGE-FORT SMITH-OPIOIDS

FORT SMITH, Ark. _ Opioid seizures in the Fort Smith region have risen, and authorities are taking steps to address it. Members of the 12th and 21st District Drug Task Force, which includes Sebastian and Crawford counties, took more pharmaceutical pills and heroin off the streets in 2018 than in 2017. The jump has prompted officials to enhance their enforcement efforts while still recognizing the issue is not entirely a criminal one. By Max Bryan.

EXCHANGE-LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ An art garden, dog park and splash pad are among the features planned for Gulley Park. Not on the list is the Little Free Library, which workers removed to make room for a wider trail. By Stacy Ryburn.

IN BRIEF:

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS-POLICE SHOOTING _ A preliminary report says a northeast Arkansas police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man the day after Christmas.

POLICE SHOOTING-ARKANSAS _ Arkansas State Police say two South Carolina residents were fatally shot by police in eastern Arkansas.

SKELETAL REMAINS _ Police say skeletal remains found more than two months ago in northeastern Arkansas are those of a man missing for more than five years.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--T25-ARKANSAS-MISSISSIPPI

OXFORD, Miss. _ No. 18 Mississippi tries to bounce back after its loss to LSU earlier in the week when it hosts Arkansas. Ole Miss has won 10 of its past 11 games. Arkansas has dropped three straight. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 12 p.m. CT tipoff.

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BKC--ARKANSAS STATE-TEXAS STATE

SAN MARCOS, Texas _ Arkansas State plays Texas State at Strahan Coliseum.

BKC--ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK-TEXAS-ARLINGTON

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Arkansas-Little Rock plays Texas-Arlington at College Park Center.

BKC--ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF-SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Arkansas-Pine Bluff plays Southern University at F. G. Clark Center.

BKC--NICHOLLS STATE-CENTRAL ARKANSAS

CONWAY, Ark. _ Nicholls State plays Central Arkansas at Farris Center

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