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

May 26, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SEVERE WEATHER

EL RENO, Okla. _ A tornado leveled a motel and tore through a mobile home park near Oklahoma City overnight, killing two people and injuring at least 29 others before a second twister raked a suburb of Tulsa more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) away, authorities said Sunday. The first tornado touched down in El Reno, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City, late Saturday night. It crossed an interstate and walloped the American Budget Value Inn before ripping through the Skyview Estates trailer park, flipping and leveling homes, Mayor Matt White said at a news conference. By Tim Talley and Sue Ogrocki. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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SECOND CHANCE ACT

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Every time 28-year-old Poet Williams applies for a job, his arrest record comes up: three nonviolent misdemeanors. Those drug charges have followed the Durham resident since he was 21, barring him from jobs, apartments and opportunities. Soon, however, he may be able to remove those offenses from his record. The North Carolina Senate recently passed legislation loosening the requirements to expunge a criminal record. Offenders could wipe out multiple nonviolent misdemeanor or low level felony convictions, regardless of age, and the bill expands expunctions for misdemeanors and minor felonies committed by 16- and 17-year olds. Currently, only nonviolent, first-time convictions qualify. The bill also automatically wipes away charges that resulted in a not guilty verdict or were dismissed. Countering decades of tough-on-crime legislation, North Carolina is among a growing number of states making it easier to wipe records clean. Other states considering automated expunctions are Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Mississippi and New Jersey.By Amanda Morris. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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EXCHANGE-DRONES-EDUCATION

SPRINGDALE, Ark. _ Girls at the Tyson School of Innovation not only are learning how to program and fly drones, they’re going into elementary schools to teach younger girls how to do it as well. “Coding Takes Flight” is run by several female students at the School of Innovation. Following a recent visit to Parson Hills Elementary School, they’ve now given drone and coding lessons to more than 1,000 girls across the Springdale School District since the program launched last fall. By Dave Perozek, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 713 words.

EXCHANGE-OPIOIDS-RECOVERING ADDICTS

JONESBORO, Ark. _ Plenty of people tried to help Shalinda Woolbright kick her drug habit. Woolbright said it wasn’t until someone in recovery reached out to help her that she began listening. Today, Woolbright is a counselor-in-training at Northeast Arkansas Treatment Services. By Adria Hyde, The Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 813 words.

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