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

December 7, 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.

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CHURCH ABUSE-JESUITS

ST. LOUIS _ A Roman Catholic Jesuit province that covers 13 Midwestern and Southern states _ including Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas _ said Friday that it has found “credible allegations” of sexual abuse involving 42 priests and other ministry leaders dating back to 1955. The Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province, which is based in St. Louis, also released the men’s names. Most are deceased and others are no longer Jesuits. A spokeswoman said four are still members of the province but are not active in ministry and live in supervised housing. By Jim Salter. SENT: 710 words.

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MALL ESCALATOR-MANGLED TOE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A physician whose right tore was torn off as he rode an escalator in a Little Rock mall has been awarded $3 million for her injuries. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ HERBICIDE DISPUTE-ARKANSAS _ An Arkansas panel has given initial approval to allowing restricted use of an herbicide that was banned following complaints that it drifted onto crops and caused damage.

_ ASIAN LONGHORN TICK _ In the year since the Asian longhorned tick was officially spotted in New Jersey, it’s expanded to eight more states, including Arkansas and Virginia.

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