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

December 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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GEORGE HW BUSH

WASHINGTON — Former President George H.W. Bush is returning to Washington as a revered political statesman, hailed by leaders across the political spectrum and around the world as a man not only of greatness but also of uncommon decency and kindness. Bush, who died Friday at his Houston home at age 94, is to be honored with a state funeral at National Cathedral in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, followed by burial Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M. Before that, his body will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Bush lost his re-election bid for president to then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, who would later become a close friend. The pair worked together to raise tens of millions of dollars for victims of a 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, which swamped New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005. By Darlene Superville and John Rogers. SENT: 690 words, with photos, video.

SEVERE WEATHER

The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in eastern Oklahoma and is chasing reports of multiple other tornadoes as part of severe thunderstorms Friday night. Meteorologists said Sunday a tornado with peak winds of 115 to 125 mph caused severe damage in northwestern Sequoyah County. Multiple homes, boats and power lines were destroyed. Up to three other tornadoes are being investigated in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. No injuries have been reported. SENT: 180 words, will be updated. With photos.

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FIRE IN HOLE

MIDWAY, Ark. — A fire that caused a mysterious burning hole in Arkansas in September was intentionally set, authorities say, and not the result of a meteorite, methane — or work of the devil. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Sunday that Baxter County authorities used soil samples to identify various flammable chemicals typically found in paint thinners where a 12-foot-tall fire spurted from a hole in the ground and burned for around 40 minutes. Authorities say it may have been a prank. SENT: 270 words.

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EXCHANGE-ARKANSAS-FILM

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Archivists at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History are still looking for Wonder Valley. The first motion picture shot entirely in Arkansas has been lost to time. The color film used in 1951 faded. No viewable copies of the movie are known to exist. But in the meantime, the museum has acquired a set of 30 still photographs from the movie, which they hope to post on the museum’s website next year. By Bill Bowden, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 627 words.

EXCHANGE-MEDICAL FAMILY

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine student Patrick Bell doesn’t usually talk about his family, especially not his great-grandfather Louis Jesse Bell, who studied under A.T. Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine. Born Louis Jesse Patrick Bell III, he naturally resisted the idea of studying medicine. That’s what was expected of him, having 11 family members who have worked in medicine. He wanted to forge his own path. But Bell later saw how practicing medicine can make a difference. By Jadyn Watson-Fisher, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 981 words.

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