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

May 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Despite sunny skies, historic flooding awaits residents in parts of Arkansas because of massive releases of water upstream in Oklahoma. Forecasters are predicting that the Arkansas River will rise to never-before-seen levels and flow faster than ever as the water releases continue from upstream. By Hannah Grabenstein and Tim Talley. 500 words, with photos.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Organizations that provide substance-abuse treatment are laying off workers in Arkansas because of a shortfall in funding. 250 words.



COLUMBUS, Ohio _ States are debating whether to make it more difficult for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons amid the worst measles outbreak in decades. A majority of unvaccinated or undervaccinated kindergartners in at least 10 states were allowed to enroll provisionally for the last school year, without formal exemption, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children whose vaccinations are incomplete for other reasons can’t be ignored. Of 27 states that reported data on that group for the 2017-2018 school year, Arkansas had the highest percentage of kindergarten students enrolled without complete vaccinations and without invoking a medical, religious or philosophical exemption. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 1,060 words, with photos.


NEW YORK _ Arkansas-based Walmart has hired a tech veteran whose resume includes stints at Amazon, Microsoft and Google for a newly elevated position of chief technology officer and chief development officer. Suresh Kumar, who was most recently at Google as its vice president and general manager of display, video, app ads and analytics, will report directly to Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon. By Anne D’innocenzio. SENT: 130 words. A longer version is not planned.




FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Defending champion Oklahoma State is the No. 1 seed as match play begins in the NCAA Championship. UPCOMING: 500 words.


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