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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

WINTRY WEATHER-SOUTHERN PLAINS

OKLAHOMA CITY _ A winter storm packing freezing rain and snow is forecast to cut an icy path through the Southern Plains as a busy holiday shopping weekend unfolds. The National Weather Service says a storm system that caused heavy rain and flooding in southern California was forecast to produce freezing rain beginning Thursday in central New Mexico. The wintry weather will move eastward Friday, producing freezing rain in northwestern Texas, Oklahoma and northern Arkansas and heavy snow elsewhere. By Tim Talley. UPCOMING.

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ARKANSAS CASINOS

LITTLE ROCK _ The Arkansas Racing Commission is set to start the process of approving rules for operating casinos in Arkansas. UPCOMING: 250 words.

POULTRY OPERATIONS

TULSA, Okla. _ The Oklahoma Agriculture Board is set to vote next week on a set of emergency poultry regulations after the state suspended the issuing of new permits for poultry operations in October. The Tulsa World reports that the guidelines call for new poultry houses with more than 30,000 birds to be at least a quarter mile (0.4 kilometers) from someone’s home. It would also mandate a half mile distance from schools and city limits.

IN BRIEF:

LITTLE ROCK SHOOTING-SENTENCING _ A Tennessee rapper has been sentenced in Arkansas to five years in prison on a federal weapons charge that came after he was arrested with a gun a week before a shooting at an unrelated event at a Little Rock nightclub.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-ARKANSAS _ A member of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission says he plans to resign, leaving the five-member commission with two members to start the new year as the terms of two other commissioners are ending.

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