BC-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR
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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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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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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.
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.
_ 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.
Arkansas plays Auburn at Auburn Arena. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit.
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Central Arkansas plays McNeese State at Health and Human Performance Education Complex. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.
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