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

April 4, 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.

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XGR--SANCTUARY CITIES-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A proposal to cut off funding to Arkansas cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities or that prevent law enforcement from asking people if they’re in the country legally is heading to the state Senate for a vote. The Senate City, County and Local Affairs Committee on Thursday approved a measure prohibiting Arkansas cities from enacting “sanctuary” policies for people in the country illegally. The measure now heads to the full Senate for a vote. By Andrew DeMillo. 400 words.

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ARKANSAS SCHOOL SHOOTING

PRESCOTT, Ark. _ The superintendent of a southwest Arkansas school district has announced plans to increase safety measures after a 14-year-old student was shot in the chest by a classmate. The Texarkana Gazette reports that Prescott School District Superintendent Robert Poole said Wednesday that additional safety measures include a new phone application that parents and students can use to report concerns, such as bullying and threats. 270 words.

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COLLEGES-ACCEPTING FAILURE

WALTHAM, Mass. _ Bentley University has plenty of success stories. But one recent evening, the school invited students to hear about ailures. Speaking to a crowded auditorium, one professor recounted the time he sank a $21 million company. Another recalled failing her college statistics course. Each story reinforced the same message: Even successful people sometimes fail. Bentley, a private business school near Boston, joins a growing number of U.S. colleges trying to ease students’ anxieties around failure and teach them to cope with it. Smith College in Massachusetts and the University of Central Arkansas have both issued students “certificates of failure ” as part of broader programs on the topic. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 910 words, with photos.

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BKC--HOUSTON-SAMPSON EXTENSION

HOUSTON _ Houston coach Kelvin Sampson has signed a contract extension through the 2024-25 season after helping the Cougars to their best season in 35 years. The move comes after Sampson turned around a downtrodden program and led the Cougars to their first Sweet 16 since 1984. Houston lost to Kentucky 62-58 to end its season at 33-4, a school record for wins. Sampson has revived a college career that was derailed by NCAA violations regarding impermissible calls to recruits at both Oklahoma and Indiana. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 220 words, with photos.

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FBC--T25-AP TOP 25-PODCAST

Jalen Hurts is now at Oklahoma and apparently he is bringing a bit of Nick Saban’s process to the Sooners. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , George Schroeder of USA Today joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about the transition from Alabama to Oklahoma for Hurts. The start quarterback held an introductory news conference last week in Norman, Oklahoma. During Final Four week, basketball talk: Why was it important for the Southeastern Conference to fix its men’s basketball. Just a few years ago the SEC was a three-bid league. This season, it put four teams in the Sweet Sixteen. Also, which SEC coach is a better long-term stick: Arkansas’ Chad Morris or Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt. By RALPH D. RUSSO. SENT: 180 words.

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