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

December 3, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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CHARTER BUS CRASH-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — One child was killed and at least 45 other people were injured when a charter bus carrying a youth football team from Tennessee rolled off an interstate off-ramp and overturned before sunrise Monday in central Arkansas, authorities said. The elementary-school age football team from Orange Mound Youth Association in southeast Memphis had played in a tournament in Dallas over the weekend, according to Memphis TV station WMC. Orange Mound is a historically black neighborhood that unites around its youth football teams, where kids train to be part of the highly competitive Melrose High School squad. By Jill Bleed. SENT: 450 words, with photos, video. Developing.

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GUNS IN SCHOOLS-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A commission Arkansas’ governor formed in response to a series of school shootings issues its final report. The panel earlier this year recommended that every school have an armed presence, including a trained resource officer. By Andrew DeMillo. 500 words.

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LITTLE ROCK HOMICIDES

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Little Rock Police Department is adding four patrol units to high-crime areas in the city after a recent spike in gun violence. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Interim Police Chief Alice Fulk announced Saturday that four officers will start working overtime shifts in areas with high concentrations of shootings or other crimes. 180 words.

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MIDWEST ECONOMY

OMAHA, Neb. — An economist says a monthly survey suggests the economy continued to expand in nine Midwest and Plains states last month but was hampered by shortages of skilled workers. A survey report issued Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 54.1 in November from 54.9 in October. The September reading was 57.5. 370 words.

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CESSNA PLANE CRASH-LAWSUIT

WICHITA, Kan. — A drill bit left during repair of a single-engine Cessna aircraft is responsible for a 2015 crash in Arkansas that caused minor injuries to the pilot and destroyed the new $712,290 aircraft, a federal lawsuit alleged. The complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Kansas against Textron Aviation in U.S. by Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. of Missouri and its insurance company involves the purchase of a 2014 Cessna T206H Stationair TC aircraft. The lawsuit alleges the misplaced drill bit was the cause of the crash and that Cessna’s parent company Textron refuses to pay for the loss of the aircraft. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 300 words.

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FBC--AP ALL-SEC TEAM

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the offensive player of the year and one of five members of the top-ranked Crimson Tide to earn first-team honors on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team. No. 16 Kentucky (No. 14 College Football Playoff ) has the SEC’s defensive player of the year in linebacker Josh Allen and the coach of the year in Mark Stoops. Vanderbilt running back and Illinois transfer Ke’Shawn Vaughn was named newcomer of the year. SENT: 1,080 words, with photos.

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