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

May 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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FLOODING-MISSISSIPPI RIVER BARGES

OMAHA, Neb. _ Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there’s not much barge traffic this year. That’s because historic spring flooding that swamped and tainted farmland, also left parts of the Mississippi closed for business. SENT: 702 words. AP Photos MP201-0514190801, MP202-0514190759, MP203-0514190759, MP204-0514190900.

SEVERE WEATHER

DALLAS _ Tornadoes touched down in the southerner Great Plains Friday night, leaving damage but no major injuries, and parts of the region braced for more severe weather Saturday. 240 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

JUVENILE FACILITIES CONTRACT _ Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he will hire an Indiana company to operate five state youth prisons, despite lawmakers’ concerns about the company’s operations in other states.

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