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

February 22, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

RANDOLPH COUNTY-ALCOHOL SALES

POCAHONTAS, Ark. _ Alcohol sales are now legal in a northeastern Arkansas county after residents approved a measure to lift a 70-year-old ban on sales. 250 words.

DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER

JACKSON, Miss. _ The waterlogged Tennessee Valley faces more rain and severe storms in coming days, even as flood predictions along the Mississippi River rise. By Jeff Amy. 500 words, photos.

RAIN DISASTER

NEW ORLEANS _ U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated nine Louisiana parishes as a disaster area because of rains and flooding from Sept. 1 through Dec. 10. Farmers and ranchers in dozens of adjacent parishes in Louisiana and counties in Arkansas and Texas also can apply for Farm Service Agency emergency loans.

IN BRIEF:

LITTLE ROCK-POLICE SHOOTING _ Authorities say a Little Rock police officer fatally shot a person after a traffic stop on Friday.

ARKANSAS CASINOS _ The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved regulations for the state’s new casinos, including one that could affect plans for a casino in Pope County.

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