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

May 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SEVERE WEATHER

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri’s capital city as part of an overnight outbreak of severe weather across the state that left at least three people dead and dozens injured. The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive twister moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday. The severe weather moved in from Oklahoma, where rescuers struggled to pull people from high water. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 910 words, with photos, video.

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_ SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST

_ SEVERE WEATHER-ARKANSAS

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POPULATION ESTIMATES

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ New U.S. Census Bureau data shows that while some Arkansas cities and towns have seen some of the biggest population drops in the country, others have experienced some of the nation’s largest growth. Demographers say rural areas continue to shrink as urban areas grow. Economists say it’s consistent with more job opportunities in cities. Though the census statistics show big cities in the U.S. aren’t growing like they used to. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA-ARKANSAS _ The Arkansas Supreme Court says a group’s bid to force the attorney general to approve the wording of a recreational marijuana measure is moot since lawmakers have changed the process for certifying ballot initiatives.

_ HERBICIDE DISPUTE-ARKANSAS _ The Arkansas Supreme Court has dismissed the state’s appeal of a judge’s decision to block the enforcement of a 2018 herbicide ban, saying the case is moot now that new restrictions are in effect.

IN SPORTS:

BASEBALL:

BBC--SEC-MISSISSIPPI-TEXAS A&M

HOOVER, Ala. _ Cole Zabowski’s two-out double in the ninth brought home the game’s only run as Mississippi edged Texas A&M 1-0 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday despite going hitless for the first eight innings. 150 words.

BBC--SEC-AUBURN-LSU

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 5 seed LSU and No. 8 seed Auburn face off in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos.

BBC--SEC-GEORGIA-ARKANSAS

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 2 seed Arkansas faces No. 3 seed Georgia in the winners’ bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos.

BBC--SEC-MISSISSIPPI STATE-VANDERBILT

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 1 seed Vanderbilt faces No. 4 seed Mississippi State in the winners’ bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos.

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