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

May 17, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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FROM AP MEMBERS:

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.

IN BRIEF:

_ 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.

IN SPORTS:

HORSE RACING:

RAC--PREAKNESS PREVIEW

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.

With:

_ RAC--PREAKNESS-THE PICKS

RAC--PREAKNESS-JOCKEY JUMBLE

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.

RAC--BLACK-EYED SUSAN

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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