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

November 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

ARKANSAS HIGHWAYS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ governor says he believes it’s possible to find consensus for raising additional money for the state’s highways but is stopping short of endorsing a specific plan yet to do so. By Andrew DeMillo. 300 words.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ medical marijuana commission meets again Tuesday to address public complaints about the speed of the licensing process and other issues, and will announce a timeline for issuing dispensary licenses. By Hannah Grabenstein. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

MEDICAID FRAUD-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A top executive at a Missouri mental health company has pleaded guilty to helping bribe Arkansas lawmakers to influence state legislation and boost company profits. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that court records show former Preferred Family Healthcare Inc. CEO Marilyn Nolan has pleaded guilty to conspiracy in federal court in Springfield, Missouri. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

WALMART-FLIPKART CEO

NEW YORK — The co-founder of Flipkart, the massive online retail operation in India acquired by Walmart this year, has stepped down as CEO following an allegation of serious personal misconduct. Arkansas-based Walmart, which purchased a $16 billion controlling stake in Flipkart Group in May, the largest single investment in its history, said Tuesday that an independent investigation done on behalf of both companies did not find evidence corroborating the allegation against Binny Bansal, but it did reveal lapses in judgment on his part. SENT: 280 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL ROBBERY — Police in Pine Bluff say the owner of a pawn shop was killed and a clerk wounded in a shooting during an apparent attempted robbery.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--CHAMPION CHRISTIAN COLLEGE-ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Champion Christian College on Tuesday night plays Arkansas-Pine Bluff at H.O. Clemmons Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.

BKC--ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK-TENNESSEE ST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday night plays Tennessee State at Gentry Complex. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.

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