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

March 9, 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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FROM AP MEMBERS:

EXCHANGE-JUVENILE JUSTICE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ After 16-year-old Kristyn failed a drug test and ran away from home, the state jailed her for more than six months. Her expected sentence was three. Teens like Kristyn are subject to a juvenile justice system that can extend their sentences for any rules infraction, or because necessary counseling isn’t available or because they have to wait in county youth jails until a state bed opens. By Amanda Claire Curcio.

EXCHANGE-FIRST 100 FAMILIES

FORT SMITH, Ark. _ Collaboration is key in the Fort Smith region’s latest initiative to help struggling families. The First 100 Families initiative formally commenced in late February and aims to take a holistic approach to address 100 families in need in the region. The needs will be provided through services from nonprofits, law enforcement agencies, higher education and virtually every kind of organization in between. By Max Bryan.

IN BRIEF:

DEEP SOUTH-SEVERE WEATHER

The National Weather Service has issued tornado watches for parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas and says those states face an “enhanced risk” for severe weather.

JONESBORO-POLICE SHOOTING _ Police in Jonesboro have released the names of two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a homicide suspect.

ARKANSAS STATE-FREE SPEECH _ The Arkansas State University System has repealed its policy on free speech zones to comply with a new state law.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--ALABAMA-ARKANSAS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Alabama plays Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena. By Andrew Epperson. UPCOMING: 600 words. 5 p.m. CT tipoff.

BKC--LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE-ARKANSAS STATE

JONESBORO, Ark. _ Louisiana-Lafayette plays Arkansas State at Convocation Center.

BKC--LOUISIANA-MONROE-ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK

Louisiana-Monroe plays Arkansas-Little Rock

BKC--ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF-MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE

ITTA BENA, Miss. _ Arkansas-Pine Bluff plays Mississippi Valley State at Harrison HPER Complex.

BKC--CENTRAL ARKANSAS-NORTHWESTERN STATE

NATCHITOCHES, La. _ Central Arkansas plays Northwestern State at Prather Coliseum.

BKW--T25-SEC-ARKANSAS-TEXAS A&M

GREENVILLE, S.C. _ Tenth-seeded Arkansas looks to upset its third opponent in as many days at the Southeastern Conference Tournament when it takes on No. 15 Texas A&M in the semifinals. UPCOMING, 150 words from 7:30 p.m. start.

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