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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner,ADVISORY, AR

November 8, 2018

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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:

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FOR USE Sunday, Nov. 11, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-LITTLE ROCK-HOMELESS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Little Rock officials announced earlier this month that they will try to reduce street homelessness by 25 percent in Ward 1 by 2020, the first step in a partnership with a group that is striving to end street homelessness in 150 cities across the world by 2030. The Institute of Global Homelessness has partnered with eight “vanguard cities” so far. Little Rock will join Chicago as the second city in the United States. By Ginny Monk, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 889 words.

EXCHANGE-FIRE DEPARTMENT-HIGH TECH

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — The days of Mountain Home firefighters potentially getting lost when responding to an emergency are now numbered. Thanks to a new system being put into place, the firefighters will be given directions and a host of other information in real time. The system is called Active911 and involves software loaded on smart phones and tablets. The fire department is in the process of mounting iPads in fire trucks to accommodate the new software. By Josh Dooley, Baxter Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 651 words.

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FOR USE Monday, Nov. 12, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-ARKANSAS PLANT-LITHIUM

EL DORADO, Ark. — Standard Lithium Ltd., the Canadian company with big plans to tap south Arkansas’ underground brine stream to extract battery-grade lithium, is ramping up testing at a pilot crystallization plant in British Columbia and gaining provisional approval for a pilot extraction operation west of El Dorado that could be in place as early as late February. Lithium, a valuable element used in everything from cellphone and laptop batteries to the systems of electric automobiles, could be a boon for Arkansas’ economy if the publicly traded Canadian company, which has partnered in brine leases near El Dorado and Magnolia, can prove its ability to refine battery-grade lithium at an industrial scale. By Kyle Massey, Arkansas Business. SENT IN ADVANCE: 597 words.

EXCHANGE-FAB LAB

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Dozens of Fayetteville teens will learn about 3-D printing, laser cutting, woodworking and more as part of the Northwest Arkansas Fab Lab’s “Tech for Teens” after-school program in January. Steve Clark, president and chief executive officer of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, led a news conference at the lab recently to announce a $10,000 grant from the Best Buy Foundation to pay for the program. The program is intended primarily for “underserved” kids, including those who are economically disadvantaged and those with physical or learning disabilities, Clark said. It will be free to the students. By Dave Perozek, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 507 words.

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