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

February 20, 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:

ARKANSAS HIGHWAYS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A Senate panel takes up a proposal to raise gas taxes and tap into expected casino revenue to pay for Arkansas highways. The proposal is part of a $300 million highway funding plan backed by the governor and legislative leaders. By Andrew DeMillo. 350 words.

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ARKANSAS CASINOS

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. _ The company behind a proposed casino in Arkansas says the state’s racing commission will be in breach of the state constitution if it doesn’t follow a recently passed amendment and issue four casino licenses. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Gulfside Casino Partnership’s filing says it would have the right to sue if the current draft rules are approved. SENT: 320 words.

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WALMART GREETER-CEREBRAL PALSY

MIDDLBURG, Pa. _ Arkansas-based Walmart is facing a backlash after telling a longtime greeter in Pennsylvania who has cerebral palsy that his job description is changing and will now include tasks that he’s physically unable to do. 350 words, pursuing photos.

BRITAIN-SUPERMARKET MERGER

LONDON _ British regulators say the proposed supermarkets merger between Sainsbury’s and Walmart’s Asda unit would push up prices and reduce quality for shoppers, casting doubt on a deal to create the country’s biggest grocery chain. It’s another regulatory blow to Arkansas-based Walmart at a time when it’s trying to overhaul its international business and focus on big growth opportunities overseas. Walmart, which last year bought a $16 billion controlling stake in India’s online retailer Flipkart, is facing tighter rules by the Indian government as it curbs how foreign e-commerce companies operate. By Danica Kirka and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 480 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BAXTER COUNTY-INMATE DEATH _ Authorities say an inmate was pronounced dead early Wednesday at the Baxter County jail.

_ A UPS worker is recovering after he was struck by lightning while loading an airplane at the Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--ARKANSAS-AUBURN

Arkansas plays Auburn at Auburn Arena. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit.

BKC--CENTRAL ARKANSAS-MCNEESE ST

Central Arkansas plays McNeese State at Health and Human Performance Education Complex. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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