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

April 13, 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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TEXARKANA, Ark. _ Former President Bill Clinton’s past in Hope, Arkansas, as well as his hometown’s future prospects, were the main topics of his recent remarks. Clinton was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting and banquet of the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds braved drenching rain to attend the event at Hempstead Hall on the campus of University of Arkansas Community College at Hope. By Karl Richter.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ It was his 45th wedding anniversary, but when the emergency signal sounded, the Little Rock man feared it was his last. Six short blasts and one long blast of the Viking Sky cruise ship’s whistle had summoned Dennis Ferra, 66, to one of its muster points. As huge waves crashed against the boat near Norway’s coast, Ferra, his wife, Karen, and another couple from Arkansas slipped into their life jackets. By Kat Stromquist.


CHILD DIES-CHARGES _ Two northwest Arkansas women have been charged with homicide in what prosecutors say is the drug-related death of a juvenile girl.

MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS-KENTUCKY _ Kentucky says it will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that blocked work requirements for some low-income people on Medicaid. A similar rule in Arkansas is also being appealed.



UNDATED _ Bob Baffert-trained Improbable starts the Arkansas Derby as the 8-5 favorite from the rail in one of two last-chance stakes races awarding points toward the Kentucky Derby. At Keeneland, Harvey Wallbanger is the 7-2 choice in the Lexington. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 500 words and photos by 9 p.m.


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