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

May 9, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

SEVERE WEATHER

PINE BLUFF, Ark. _ Several people were injured when a possible tornado tore the roof off an Arkansas apartment building, part of a powerful line of thunderstorms that was dumping more rain Thursday on already drenched areas throughout the nation’s midsection. 300 words.

RISING MISSISSIPPI RIVER

NEW ORLEANS _ The Army Corps of Engineers is asking to do something unprecedented -- open a historic flood control structure above New Orleans for the second time in one year. The National Weather Service says continued rains in the Midwest and Ohio Valley and floodwaters from the upper Mississippi River are making their way down the Mississippi. On top of that, a storm system coming in from Texas is expected to dump 5 to 10 inches of rain in parts of Louisiana and Arkansas. By Janet McConnaughey. 300 words.

ALSO OF NOTE:

FACEBOOK-CELEBRATING TERRORISM

WASHINGTON _ Facebook likes to give the impression it’s staying ahead of extremists by taking down their posts, often before users even see them. But a confidential whistleblower’s complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission obtained by The Associated Press alleges the social media company has exaggerated its success. The researchers in the SEC complaint identified over 30 auto-generated pages for white supremacist groups, whose content Facebook prohibits. They include the “New Aryan Empire,” whose members were indicted in Arkansas last year as part of a drug-trafficking ring. By Desmond Butler and Barbara Ortutay. 2,300 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BLACK FEMALE BISHOP _ — A former New Orleans attorney has become the fourth black female bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church and the first in the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee.

_ ARKANSAS-CHILD SHOT _ An Arkansas man is jailed on $1 million bond on suspicion of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

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