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

July 14, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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FROM AP MEMBERS:

EXCHANGE-FORT CHAFFEE-OLD WALLETS

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Visitors to the historical museum in Fort Chaffee will soon get to witness history straight from the pockets of former servicemen. Museum personnel and researchers at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith are working to preserve contents in more than 20 wallets discovered in the barracks at Fort Chaffee from the 1950s and late 1940s. Along with military IDs, each wallet contains personal effects such as photos and other forms of identification, the Southwest Times Record reported. By Max Bryan.

EXCHANGE-HISPANIC PERFORMERS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Rogers resident Damian Dena studied to become an actor in Texas and played roles traditionally filled by white people — Dracula, for example — despite his brown skin and Hispanic ethnicity, he said. He said he wants to see that become the usual method of casting in Arkansas so Hispanic performers could play any character. By Andrea Johnson.

IN BRIEF:

TEEN-STOLEN GUN — A north Arkansas teenager faces four felony charges after allegedly breaking into a school building and stealing a deputy’s body armor and duty belt that contained a gun.

INMATE DIES — Arkansas prison officials say an inmate has died at a Tennessee hospital where she was taken after being found in “medical distress.”

MISSING WOMAN-BODY — Police say a body found near Pine Bluff is that of a missing Conway-area woman.

IN SPORTS:

TRIPLE CROWN JOCKEY

RUIDOSO, N.M. — Mike Smith became the 12th jockey in history and the only one from New Mexico to win the Triple Crown after flying across the finish line atop 3-year-old Justify in June to a roar of cheers at Belmont Park in New York. Smith was born in Roswell but forged his love of horse racing while growing up in the farming community of Dexter. Smith, who now lives in Southern California, has blitzed across every major track in the United States and on some of the sport’s best horses and lists Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs as among his favorites. AP Photos.

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