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

October 8, 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.

The news editor for Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma is Kim Johnson, who can be reached at kjohnson@ap.org or (972) 991-2100.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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ELECTION-2018-HOUSE-ARKANSAS

CONWAY, Ark. — A two-term Republican congressman and the state legislator challenging him are squaring off in the only debate for a central Arkansas congressional seat Democrats hope to flip next month. Republican Congressman French Hill and Democratic state Rep. Clarke Tucker were set to debate Monday at the University of Central Arkansas in the race for Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District. The district includes Little Rock and seven central Arkansas counties. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 130 words: Will be updated. AP Photos planned.

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CHARTER SCHOOLS EXPANSION-GRANT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $23 million grant to a nonprofit to expand charter schools in Arkansas over five years. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the money was awarded to the Arkansas Public School Resources Center. The center will receive an initial $5.6 million to begin the expansion project. UPCOMING: 250 words.

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OBIT-STOREY

LITTLE ROCK — Longtime Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Michael Storey dies. UPCOMING: 130 words.

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