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

January 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

CLERGY ABUSE-PENNSYLVANIA AFTERMATH

PHILADELPHIA _ Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an Associated Press review has found. More than a dozen dioceses have hired outside consultants to review their files. Dioceses previously secretive are coordinating to release statewide lists in such places as Texas and New Jersey. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor of the Little Rock Diocese in Arkansas disclosed the names of 12 priests in September and announced the hiring of a consultant to review diocesan files. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: 1,240 words, with photos.

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PUBLIC DEFENDER FUNDS DIVERTED

CONWAY, Ark. _ A county in central Arkansas won’t reimburse its public defender’s office for more than $350,000 of funding that officials diverted to other entities over almost two decades. Faulkner County attorney David Hogue tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the county’s Quorum Court has agreed to end the practice of transferring money from the defender’s office to other programs. But the court declined to reimburse any of the remaining money. 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ARKANSAS REVENUE _ Arkansas finance officials say a surge in corporate income tax collections kept the state’s revenue above forecast last month, despite lower than expected sales and individual income tax collections.

_ FLU DEATHS-ARKANSAS _ The Arkansas Department of Heath says four people have died as a result of the flu since its last report more than two weeks ago.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

COLLEGE/WOMEN:

BKW--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-ARKANSAS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ No. 7 Mississippi State visits Arkansas in an SEC game. By Kurt Voigt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK-LOUISIANA-MONROE

Arkansas-Little Rock plays Louisiana-Monroe at Jack Stephens Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--ARKANSAS ST-LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

Arkansas State plays Louisiana-Lafayette at Cajundome. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

OTHER:

OBIT-JIM BAILEY

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Jim Bailey, who covered sports for newspapers in Arkansas for more than half a century, has died at the age of 86. Bailey, who had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease since 2008, died Wednesday night at his home in Little Rock, according to his son Bob Bailey, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Funeral arrangements are pending. SENT: 140 words.

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