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

June 6, 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 at pebbles@ap.org or 800-715-7291.

Arkansas Supervisory Correspondent Kelly P. Kissel can be reached at kkissel@ap.org or 501-681-1269.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.




LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ House speaker is resigning this month to take a job with the University of Central Arkansas. Speaker Jeremy Gillam on Wednesday said he’ll resign effective June 15 to take the job as UCA’s director of governmental affairs and external relations. The House will meet on June 15 to elect an interim speaker to lead the chamber for the remainder of the year. By Andrew DeMillo. 300 words.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Little Rock city leaders have rejected a proposal that would have made misdemeanor marijuana arrests the lowest priority for city police officers. 250 words.


— HOUSE SPEAKER-ARKANSAS — Arkansas’ House speaker is resigning this month to take a job with the University of Central Arkansas.

— HERBICIDE DISPUTE-ARKANSAS— Arkansas officials have denied a request by some farmers to lift the state’s ban on in-crop dicamba use.




NEW YORK — Justify arrives at Belmont Park after a flight from Kentucky to begin his final preparations for the Belmont Stakes and his bid to become horse racing’s second Triple Crown winner in four years and 13th overall. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


NEW YORK — There are horses for courses and Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott might just have one to deny Justify a Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, graphics.


Horse racing is years behind other sports in concussion education, evaluation, diagnosis and return protocol for jockeys, who often suffer them when they fall off. Doctors have spent the past two years developing a protocol, but progress has been slowed by the industry’s lack of continuity from state to state and track to track. Riders who are on the Triple Crown trail from the Kentucky Derby to the Preakness and the Belmont see different rules and care along the way as horse racing seeks to catch up with the NFL, NHL and NBA on brain injuries decades after developing better treatment for horses than riders. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,100 words, with photos.


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