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

September 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

ARKANSAS-EXECUTIONS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Attorneys for two death row inmates who were spared from execution last year are asking Arkansas’ highest court to strike down a law that gives the state’s prison director authority to determine whether they’re mentally competent to be put to death. The state Supreme Court heard appeals Thursday from convicted murderers Bruce Ward and Jack Greene, who argue the law violates their constitutional rights. Both inmates were granted stays last year so the court could hear their case. By Andre DeMillo. 400 words, pursuing photos.

OF NOTE:

LITHUANIA-WALMART-SOVIET SYMBOL

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Three Baltic countries have lashed out at Arkansas-based retail giant Walmart for selling online T-shirts and other products with Soviet Union emblems on them, and demanded that the goods be removed. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were forcibly annexed by Moscow in 1940 and remained part of the Soviet Union until its collapse in 1991, except for a brief occupation by Nazi Germany 1941-1944. Lithuania has been taking a particularly hard line against its communist-era legacy, banning all Soviet symbols as well as Nazi ones. By Liudas Dapkus. SENT: 440 words, with photo. Moving on national/international lines.

IN BRIEF:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-ARKANSAS — The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon have reached southeast Arkansas, bringing rain, the chance of flooding and a slight risk of weak tornadoes before it moves into Missouri and parts of Oklahoma.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Here are some things to watch during the second week of the Southeastern Conference football season. SENT: 500 words, with photos.

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