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

August 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

MEDICAID-OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY — Health-care advocates say a proposal to impose work requirements on some Oklahoma Medicaid recipients could eliminate health coverage for the state’s poorest parents. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state’s Medicaid provider, is considering requiring some Medicaid recipients to report at least 80 hours of work per month in order to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A similar program went into effect in Arkansas in June and the federal government has authorized programs in three other states. By Tim Talley. UPCOMING: 300 words.

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ARKANSAS TAX STUDY

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A consultant for Arkansas’ tax-overhaul task force says the state’s economy and population will shrink if state officials use spending reductions to finance an income tax cut. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Regional Economic Models Inc. Senior Economist Peter Evangelakis presented on Monday assessments of the potential fiscal and economic impacts of three proposals to cut individual income taxes and several other tax-overhaul plans. 260 words.

OF NOTE:

NEVADA EXECUTION

LAS VEGAS — Fifteen states — including Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma — are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution. In documents filed Monday with the Nevada Supreme Court, attorneys general from the other states argue that drug company Alvogen’s effort to block the use of its drug in a stalled execution in Nevada are a part of a “guerrilla war against the death penalty.” By Ken Ritter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 325 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS-JUDGE — An Arkansas judge who was banned from hearing execution cases after participating in an anti-death penalty demonstration is seeking the removal of an attorney investigating his ethics complaint against the state Supreme Court.

— SKATE PARKING SHOOTING — Police have arrested two teenagers on murder warrants in the fatal shooting of a man at a skate park in North Little Rock.

— HEPATITIS-PARAGOULD — Health officials say anyone who ate at a northeast Arkansas Little Caesar’s Pizza between July 19 and Aug. 2 should get a hepatitis A vaccination after an employee tested positive for the disease.

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