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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner,ADVISORY, AR

June 8, 2018

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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:

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FOR USE Sunday, June 10 and thereafter:

STAFF FEATURES:

ARKANSAS PERSPECTIVE-ANALYSIS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Andrew DeMillo’s weekly news analysis column. 600 words.

MEMBER FEATURES:

EXCHANGE-GAME-FISH-COMMISSION-NEW HOME

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has been looking for a piece of property to purchase and build a purpose-built office and compound. They found a 14-acre property just outside the Mountain Home city limits. The $260,000 deal is expected to close by the end of June. The commission hopes to offer more and better services to the public with the new office. By Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 548 words.

EXCHANGE-RIVERFEST-FUTURE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The director of Little Rock’s revived RiverFest says the latest iteration didn’t live up to crowd forecasts and that the company needs to regroup before it makes a decision on the event’s future. Memphis-based Universal Fairs had hoped that as many as 10,000 people would turn out each day, but the crowd fell short of that projection. By Brandon Riddle, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 948 words.

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FOR USE Monday, June 11 and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-CRISIS STABILIZATION UNIT

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Though law enforcement officials’ response to the Sebastian County Five West Crisis Stabilization Unit was slow at first, CSU officials say they are finally starting to fully utilize the facility. CSU, located on South 70th Street in Fort Smith, was established to divert the mentally ill in Sebastian, Crawford, Logan, Franklin, Scott and Polk counties from jail to treatment. Program director Joey Potts said officers’ response to CSU has picked up since the unit opened at the end of February. By Max Bryan, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 652 words.

EXCHANGE-SCHOOL SECURITY

PEARCY, Ark. — The Garland County Sheriff’s Department now has a deputy at each of the county’s seven public school districts. The Lake Hamilton School Board, at its May 21 meeting, approved a contract with the sheriff’s department naming Lake Hamilton alum Richard Huffman as the district’s school resource officer. With Huffman’s appointment, all districts within the county have a sheriff’s deputy on campus. By Beth Reed, Hot Springs Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 510 words.

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