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

May 21, 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.

The Little Rock bureau is reachable at: 501-225-3668.

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TOP STORIES:

SEVERE WEATHER

OKLAHOMA CITY _ A tornado touched down Tuesday near Tulsa International Airport, injuring at least one person and damaging about a dozen homes, amid storms in the Southern Plains that brought a deluge of rain and powerful winds, closing an interstate and flipping campers at a raceway. Storms could bring more tornadoes and flash flooding to parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma on Tuesday. By Ken Miller. 600 words, with photos, video.

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_ SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST

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UNDERGROUND DUMP FIRE

BELLA VISTA, Ark. _ Residents who live near an underground fire in northwest Arkansas should be prepared for unsafe air conditions while contractors work to extinguish the blaze, the local property association said. 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ COMPUTER SCIENCE-ARKANSAS _ Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced his office is hosting the first-ever National Computer Science Summit for State Leaders on June 10.

_ OPIOID LAWSUIT-ARKANSAS _ Three drug manufacturers are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that Arkansas’ attorney general filed accusing the companies of deceptive marketing that fueled a spike in opioid abuse.

_ TRAFFIC STOP-BODY FOUND _ An Arkansas man faces a murder charge after sheriff’s deputies said they found a body in his car during an April traffic stop.

IN SPORTS:

BASEBALL:

BBC--SEC-FLORIDA-TEXAS A&M

HOOVER, Ala. _ No. 11 seed Florida and sixth-seeded Texas A&M on Tuesday opened the SEC Tournament, with the Aggies beating the Gators 8-7 in 10 innings in Hoover, Alabama. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos.

BBC--SEC-MISSOURI-MISSISSIPPI

HOOVER, Ala. _ No. 10 seed Missouri and No. 7 Mississippi face off in a single-elimination game of the SEC Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos.

BBC--SEC-TENNESSEE-AUBURN

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 8 seed Auburn faces No. 9 seed Tennessee in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Tennessee is seeking to win an SEC Tournament game for the first time since 2007. UPCOMING: 150 words. The game should start at about 4:30 p.m. CDT.

BBC--SEC-SOUTH CAROLINA-LSU

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 5 seed LSU faces No. 12 seed South Carolina in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words. The game should start at about 8 p.m. CDT.

GOLF:

COLLEGE/WOMEN:

GLF--NCAA Women

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Fresh off her NCAA title, Maria Fassi leads Arkansas on his home course as match play for the team title begins on the Razorbacks’ home course. UPCOMING: 400 words.

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