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

February 16, 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.

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FROM AP MEMBERS:

EXCHANGE-SPRINGDALE-PARK PLANS

SPRINGDALE, Ark. _ Members of the Planning Commission were all business recently, but they approved plans for the city’s new playground. They voted 7-0 to accept the plans for Shaw Family Park in the northwest quadrant of the city. The city shared conceptual designs of the park before Springdale voters approved a $19.5 million bond issue in February 2018. By Laurinda Joenks, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. ALSO SENT IN ADVANCE: 718 words.

EXCHANGE-NEW FIRE TRUCK

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. _ The city of Mountain Home now owns a brush truck, thanks in part due to the recently instituted Public Safety Tax and the Mountain Home Rural Fire Protection District. The truck is a brand new 2019 Ford F350 extended cab truck with custom outfitting by WildFire out of Alvarado, Texas. The truck is four-wheel drive and has a 300-gallon tank fitted to the one ton chassis. By Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin. ALSO SENT IN ADVANCE: 529 words, with photo.

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EXCHANGE-WASTE PITS-WATCHDOGS

BEACH CITY, Texas _ Four days before Christmas, Beach City’s new mayor learned something worrisome: A company was seeking a permit to dredge near hazardous waste pits in the San Jacinto River. The Houston Chronicle reports the firm wanted to dump the potentially toxic sludge 15 miles away on a neighborhood lot next to the only park in Beach City, which stretches along the coastline south of Mont Belvieu and Baytown. At the time, Lasater was on his way to Arkansas to visit his father, who fell and had hip surgery. But the 15-day public comment period for the project was halfway over. The mayor and others got to work. By Emily Foxhall, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,700 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.

IN BRIEF:

ARKANSAS CORRUPTION-BAKER _ A federal prosecutor is asking a judge to reconsider her ruling allowing indicted former Arkansas state Sen. Gilbert Baker a more than two-day pass from a substance-abuse treatment center in Russellville to attend his son’s wedding and rehearsal dinner in Conway.

CHARTER SCHOOL-CHARTER REVOKED _ The Arkansas State Board of Education has revoked the charter of a Little Rock school after unauthorized withdrawals from its bank account left it without enough operating funds.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--MISSISSIPPI STATE-ARKANSAS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Mississippi State plays Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena. By Andrew Epperson.

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BKC--TEXAS-ARLINGTON-ARKANSAS STATE

JONESBORO, Ark. _ Texas-Arlington plays Arkansas State at Convocation Center.

BKC--TEXAS STATE-ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Texas State plays Arkansas-Little Rock at Jack Stephens Center.

BKC--SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY-ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

PINE BLUFF, Ark. _ Southern University plays Arkansas-Pine Bluff at H.O. Clemmons Arena.

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