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AP-AR--Arkansas Weekend Advisory, AR

April 4, 2014

Editors,

Wire Editors,

Photo Editors,

The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend. The planner may be updated later with additional feature offerings and photos.

STAFF FEATURES:

For Sunday use:

ARKANSAS PERSPECTIVE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Weekly column on Arkansas politics by Andrew DeMillo.

Also: Arkansas-specific glance to accompany HEROIN ACROSS AMERICA - A multi-part package of AP stories, photos, interactive and video examining the personal and financial toll of heroin addiction and efforts to address the growing national problem.

For Monday use:

ATTORNEY GENERAL-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The three Republicans running for Arkansas attorney general are all vowing to use the post to fight what they call the federal government’s “overreach” on issues ranging from health care to the environment, but differ on how to do so. Patricia Nation, Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling face each other in the May 20 Republican primary for attorney general, with the top two vote getters heading into a June 10 runoff if no one receives more than 50 percent of the vote. By Andrew DeMillo. AP photos planned.

MEMBER FEATURES:

For Sunday use:

EXCHANGE-AUTISM AWARENESS, HFR. EDS: FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014, AT 1:01 A.M. CDT..

PARAGOULD, Ark. — When her daughter, Lexi was diagnosed with autism at 2 and a-half years old, Paragould-native Ginnie Rudi said she was devastated. Lexi is both Ginnie and her husband, Eric’s first child, so they didn’t know what to expect. Eric’s sisters had suggested to the couple that based on their daughter’s symptoms, she should be tested for autism. By Rachel Carner Simpson.

EXCHANGE-BICYCLE-PEDESTRIAN PLANS, HFR. EDS: FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014, AT 1:01 A.M. CDT..

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has kicked off a series of public meetings on developing the first statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan in 15 years - one that planners say should better acknowledge that biking and walking are increasingly popular. The meetings come just before the League of American Bicyclists releases its ranking of bicycle-friendly states. Arkansas’ last-place showing in 2012 prompted Gov. Mike Beebe to form an advisory group of state agencies to look at ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian policies. By Noel E. Oman.

For Monday use:

EXCHANGE-FIGHTING HUNGER, HFR. EDS: FOR RELEASE MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014, AT 1:01 A.M. CDT..

CHARLESTON, Ark. — After 12 years in Latin America and three years in the United States working with Heifer International to support small farmers, Perry Jones has returned to his roots to do the same thing in Arkansas. As executive director and social entrepreneur for Heifer’s domestic Seeds of Change Initiative, Jones and the people at Heifer have taken on two of the most vexing social issues in the United States in much the same way they are being addressed in developing nations — education and networking. By John Lovett.

DYESS RESTORATION, HFR. EDS: FOR RELEASE MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014, AT 1:01 A.M. CDT..

DYESS, Ark. — The Arkansas Heritage Sites duo of Ruth Hawkins and Paula Miles were at work recently at the Dyess Administration Building. “The restoration of the Administration Building is nearing completion,” Hawkins, director of Arkansas Heritage Sites, which is housed on the Arkansas State University campus, told The Jonesboro Sun (http://bit.ly/1mKIqNo ). By Sherry F. Pruitt.

The AP — Little Rock

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