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

March 26, 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.

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XGR--IMMIGRANT TUITION-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A proposal to extend in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities to some immigrant students is nearing a final vote in the Arkansas Legislature after past efforts, including a high-profile push by former Republican presidential hopeful and ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee, have faltered. By Andrew DeMillo. 650 words.

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ARKANSAS-SCHOOL TAKEOVER

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ The Arkansas Board of Education has voted to take over the Lee County School District after finding the district failed to meet state accreditation standards. 250 words.

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ABORTION-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY _ Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a law banning most abortions after 18 weeks of gestation, setting the stage for a legal showdown. Though the Republican governor said the measure signed late Monday strikes a balance, opponents said it is unconstitutional and promised to sue. The law is expected to take effect in May. Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has also signed an 18-week ban, and several other states have considered or passed proposals to ban abortion much earlier, once a fetal heartbeat can be found. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 360 words, with photos.

SCOOTER CRASH-WALMART SUED

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ A Sioux Falls, South Dakota, woman is suing Walmart after she was injured when a customer driving a motorized shopping scooter crashed into her. A civil lawsuit filed in Minnehaha County this week claims Arkansas-based Walmart was negligent in its instructions on how to operate the scooter. Eighty-five-year-old Versella Grasz was shopping at a Walmart in Sioux Falls in June 2017 when the driver of the scooter crashed into her right side. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SCHOOL THREAT-FALSE ALARM _ Police in central Arkansas say a 6-year-old child used a disconnected cellphone to call 911 and falsely report that several people had been shot at an elementary school.

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EXCHANGE-TEEN-LAW SCHOOL

DALLAS _ A 16-year-old Dallas-area girl recently shared her journey from home school to law school on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The Dallas Morning News reports Haley Taylor Schlitz, who graduated from high school at 13, is preparing to attend Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law this fall, one of nine schools that accepted her, according to the American Bar Association. Haley, who’s from Keller, was home-schooled after her parents withdrew her from public school in the fifth grade because they didn’t like the way she was being taught. By Sarah Sarder, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 770 words, with photos.

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BASKETBALL:

BKC--NCAA TOURNAMENT MONEY

There are 32 conferences in Division I basketball. For those leagues outside the wealthiest, having a team pull an NCAA Tournament upset or land an at-large bid to the Big Dance is like winning the lottery. At the mid-major level, that money often funds conference-wide initiatives to improve the quality of basketball, giving teams in those leagues a better chance to be the next Cinderella team. But those windfalls are becoming harder to come by as power conferences hoard tournament revenue. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. 1,600 words, photos, video, graphics and data distribution. With abridged version of about 900 words.

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