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

August 29, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS-JUDGE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal appeals court says it won’t revive an Arkansas judge’s lawsuit challenging his removal from death penalty cases following his participation in an anti-execution protest. By Andrew DeMillo. 300 words.

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INMATE DEATHS-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A corrections official says two more inmates have died of possible drug overdoses at a maximum security prison in southeast Arkansas. Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman James DePriest say the inmates aged 26 and 55 were found unresponsive Tuesday in their cells at Varner Supermax Unit, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock. By Hannah Grabenstein. 300 words.

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PINE BLUFF-SLAYINGS

PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Police in south-central Arkansas have responded to four killings in a span of three days. Pine Bluff police say an unidentified man was fatally shot in the chest late Tuesday. Police spokesman Richard Wegner says the man was taken to a hospital but pronounced dead on arrival. 250 words.

EASTERN OKLAHOMA-COAL PLANT

POTEAU, Okla. — The future of an independent coal-fired electricity generator and its about 100 employees in eastern Oklahoma is looking bleak in the face of cheaper power. The Oklahoman reports that the AES Shady Point plant in Le Flore County could close as soon as January. 250 words.

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FBC--SEC-THE ALABAMA EFFECT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference. As Nick Saban and Alabama chase their sixth national title in 10 seasons , five of the SEC’s other 13 programs have new coaches. It represents the league’s highest turnover since 1946, when the SEC had six new coaches. New faces this year include Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher , Mississippi State’s Joe Moorhead , Arkansas’ Chad Morris , Florida’s Dan Mullen and Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt. Mississippi’s Matt Luke was an interim coach last year but was hired on a permanent basis after the season. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 790 words, with photos.

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