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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:


MOVING ON Saturday, Sept. 8:


GILBERT, Ark. — About two dozen volunteers recently did an algal survey on a stretch of the Buffalo National River just weeks after two federal agencies issued warnings about the waterway in Arkansas. Experts say concerns have been raised about the health and safety of the river, known as a popular spot for rafting, fishing and canoeing, according to the Baxter Bulletin. About 250 words



For use Sunday, Sept. 9, and thereafter:


BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. — When Arkansas Northeastern College opened its new Center for Allied Technologies, it consolidated three facilities, enhanced its role as a leader in custom training and education and brought the world to its doorstep. Built for more than $14 million, the center opened on the Blytheville campus at the outset of the school year and will offer customized training for the manufacturing industry, cohort programs in a number of fields and career-based programs for secondary students who can also earn college credit. By Todd Traub, Arkansas Business. SENT IN ADVANCE: 558 words.


BARLING, Ark. — Heritage Village, a walkable neighborhood with both commercial and residential space, is now under development on the Barling side of Chaffee Crossing across from the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education. Designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and closer relationships with neighbors, the $11 million, 86,000-square-foot project on medical college land is expected to be completed by next summer to offer more residential space and amenities for physician students at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and The Arkansas Colleges of Health Science. By John Lovett, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 676 words.


For use Monday, Sept. 10, and thereafter:


SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Springdale plans to install one-way, protected bike lanes. Ryan Hale, founder of Lane Shift, recently told Springdale City Council members that the Walton Family Foundation awarded a grant to Bike NWA to create three examples of good on-street bicycle lanes. Lane Shift is set to build the protected lanes in Springdale, Fayetteville and Siloam Springs. The particulars of the bike and automobile lanes — including size — are under consideration, said Brad Baldwin, director of Springdale's Department of Engineering. City officials have been working on the project with BikeNWA and Lane Shift representatives for about three years. By Laurinda Joenks, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 922 words.


JONESBORO, Ark. — The Hytrol Conveyor Company's technology center in Jonesboro opened its doors to the public last month to show off its recently completed $1.5 million renovation project. Hytrol sells customized conveyors to scores of businesses, including UPS and Amazon. Ben Moyer, director of research and development for Hytrol, said prospective clients can use the studio to see how systems operate before buying them. Work on the 45,000-square-foot expansion was completed in April and is located about a mile from Hytrol Conveyor Company's 666,000-square-foot production plant. By Kenneth Heard, Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 471 words.

The AP, Little Rock