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

September 30, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

COURT SYSTEM PLANS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a set of long-term plans for changes to the state’s judicial system. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the plans issued last week by Chief Justice Dan Kemp place greater emphasis on online access, courtroom security and judicial independence from other government branches. The plans are the product of a year’s work by a 24-member planning committee of judges, court staff members and courtroom lawyers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2:30 p.m.

ETHICS COMMISSION-AG’S RACE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The state ethics panel is investigating allegations that Democratic attorney general candidate Mike Lee violated state campaign rules. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports state Republican Party Executive Director Sarah Jo Reynolds filed the complaint against Lee with the Arkansas Ethics Commission. The complaints are similar to those made last week by Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s re-election campaign that Lee failed to comply with campaign finance and disclosure rules. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

MEMBER FEATURES:

EXCHANGE-FAMILY-FOOTBALL

FORT SMITH, Ark. — In the midst of calling play-by-play for Northside football games, Buzz Sawyer will periodically throw it over to the reporter stationed on the Grizzlies’ sideline. That sideline reporter will offer updates on such events as injuries or a word of advice from a coach to a player prior to a big play. The reporter happens to be his daughter, Sarah Sawyer. She’s in her first year as the sideline reporter for the Grizzlies’ revamped broadcast. By Buck Ringgold, The Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1103 words.

EXCHANGE-FASHION WEEK

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Shortly after her first runway show, Northwest Arkansas fashion designer Alyssa Graves joked that maybe someday she’d make it to New York Fashion Week. Just six months later, she was showing her designs on one of the biggest stages in fashion. In only her second show, the 25-year-old Bentonville native presented six pieces in a combined show with emerging designers from around the world. By Jaime Dunaway, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 442 words.

IN BRIEF:

— POST OFFICE-GUNSHOTS — A man has been arrested on multiple charges after gunshots were fired at a central Arkansas post office. SENT: 130 words.

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