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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR

March 28, 2019

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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 501-225-3668:

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STAFF STORIES:

MOVING on Friday, March 29:

ARKANSAS-CASINOS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ With Arkansas set to begin full casino operations on Monday, April 1, what details do casino-goers need to hit the tables? By Hannah Grabenstein. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.

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EXCHANGE-ANGEL MOM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ After vetoing a measure this month that would’ve overturned his border emergency declaration, President Donald Trump handed the pen to a Howard County woman who has helped him campaign for heightened border security. Sabine Durden of Mineral Springs is, in Trump’s words, an “angel mom.” Her son, Dominic, died on July 12, 2012, in an accident caused by a person who was in the country illegally. By Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1071 words.

EXCHANGE-JUNIOR MASTER GARDENERS

FORT SMITH, Ark. _ Three local high school students have teamed up with a nonprofit organization to provide a way for children to try their hand at a fun, useful activity. Charolette Tidwell, founder and director of Antioch for Youth and Family in Fort Smith, said the organization was approved by the National Junior Master Gardener Program in February as a Junior Master Gardener group teacher/leader. Crucial to the creation of the Junior Master Gardener program were three seniors from the Future School of Fort Smith: Rosario Arredondo, America Cruz and Andrea Jimenez. By Thomas Saccente, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 583 words.

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EXCHANGE-TRAIL PARK PROJECT

FORT SMITH, Ark. _ Work is progressing on a new trail park project in Van Buren. The Van Buren Parks and Recreation Commission received an update from Brannon Pack, executive director of the nonprofit organization Ozark Off Road Cyclists, on the Chad Colley Trail Park project. Pack said the project goes back to 2017 when Ozark Off Road Cyclists first started working with the Van Buren community to evaluate what park properties were available. By Thomas Saccente, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 571 words.

EXCHANGE-SCHOOLS-NEW FACILITY

EL DORADO, Ark. _ The El Dorado School District is getting ready to move forward on a new facility that would house transportation, food services and maintenance for all the schools. In November, the district bid on a parcel of land behind El Dorado High School, south of Parnell Road and east of the Highway 82 bypass. The board voted to pay $15,000 for 10.76 acres of land with the total cost for the land being around $163,319. By Michael Shine, El Dorado News-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1306 words.

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