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

May 14, 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.

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FROM AP MEMBERS:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ State regulators say the first two medical marijuana vendors in Arkansas sold over 13 pounds of the drug during the first few days of sales. Arkansas’ medical marijuana program officially debuted on Friday, joining 33 other states that allow certain patients to buy weed. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the two Hot Springs dispensaries, Green Springs Medical and Doctor’s Orders RX, are charging $15 per gram, which means the first few days of sales surpassed $93,000. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

WALMART-NEXT-DAY SHIPPING

NEW YORK _ Arkansas-based Walmart is rolling out free next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars with Amazon. The nation’s largest retailer said Tuesday it’s been building a network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to make that happen. The next-day service will cover 220,000 popular items from diapers and non-perishable food items to toys and electronics. By Anne D’innocenzio. SENT: 740 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ INMATE DEATH-ARKANSAS _ Authorities are investigating after an inmate at an Arkansas prison died from an apparent suicide this week.

_ EL DORADO-EMERGENCY LANDING _Authorities say no one was hurt when a twin-engine plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma after its front gear stopped working.

IN SPORTS:

HORSE RACING:

RAC--PREAKNESS-BATTLE FOR PIMLICO

BALTIMORE _ Aptly nicknamed Old Hilltop, antiquated Pimlico Race Course has finally reached the point where its illustrious past might not be enough to assure a vibrant future. The 144th Preakness will be run Saturday at Pimlico, and will be back next year, too. Pimlico is in need of a major overhaul, and Baltimore city officials, the owners of the track and many trainers disagree on whether it’s smart to spend nearly a half-billion dollars in upgrades. But while they are haggling, the track falls into further disarray. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 1,010 words, with photos.

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