BC-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR
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UNDERGROUND DUMP FIRE
BELLA VISTA, Ark. _ Officials say an environmental engineering firm is preparing to extinguish an underground dump fire that’s been burning since July at a former unlicensed northwest Arkansas dump. KFSM reports that crews will begin firefighting Saturday in Bella Vista, about 170 miles northwest of Little Rock. 250 words, with photos.
_ HOUSE DEMOCRAT RESIGNS-ARKANSAS _ The top Democrat in Arkansas’ majority-Republican House who resigned from office is taking a job leading the Little Rock mayor’s staff.
_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-SCHOOL EMPLOYEES _ An advisory board has delayed a vote on whether to recommend banning Little Rock School District employees from using medical marijuana on district property.
BALTIMORE _ For the first time since 1996, there’s no Kentucky Derby winner and thus no Triple Crown possibility on the line at the Preakness. That takes away from the shine of the race, but it’s as wide open as ever without a clear favorite. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video. With AP graphic.
_ RAC--PREAKNESS-THE PICKS
BALTIMORE _ Of the 13 jockeys riding in the Preakness, nine are aboard a different horse from the Kentucky Derby. Mike Smith is now riding favored Improbable with familiar trainer Bob Baffert, bumping Irad Ortiz to new shooter Bourbon War. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 840 words, with photos.
BALTIMORE _Point of Honor and Always Shopping are the morning line favorite in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, featuring many of the world’s best 3-year-old fillies. By David Ginsburg. 500 words, photos.
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