AP-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR
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ELECTION 2018-SENATE MISSISSIPPI
JACKSON, Miss. — Arkansas-based Walmart is asking U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith to return a recent campaign contribution because of comments by the Mississippi Republican that dredged up strong emotions about the state’s history of racial violence. Hyde-Smith’s campaign did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press about whether it would refund the $2,000 contribution from the nation’s largest retailer. The rebuke from Walmart came hours before Hyde-Smith was set to appear Tuesday night for her only debate against Democrat Mike Espy, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary who is seeking to become the state’s first African-American senator since Reconstruction. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 790 words, with photos. Will be updated.
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MALVERN, Ark. — A two-year college in central Arkansas is considering merging with the University of Arkansas or the Arkansas State University systems. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that College of the Ouachitas officials are looking into potential mergers after the school’s board voted unanimously last week to align with a larger university system. 230 words.
LINCOLN, Neb. — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has hired a Utah college administrator as its first vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion with the educator also having ties to Arkansas. 300 words.
— ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS — Arkansas’ attorney general is asking the state’s highest court to reconsider its decisions striking down a law that gave the state’s prison director authority to determine whether an inmate is mentally competent to be executed.
— PINE BLUFF-WORKER ELECTROCUTED — Authorities say a worker in Pine Bluff has died after he was electrocuted at a cottonseed oil plant.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas cornerback Jordon Curtis escaped serious injury after he was struck by a car while leaving practice Sunday. Razorbacks coach Chad Morris says Curtis was treated and released from a hospital, but he won’t play in Friday’s game against Missouri. Curtis is a redshirt freshman from Jenks, Oklahoma. The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian and driving too fast for conditions. 90 words.
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