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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR

January 10, 2019

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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:

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MOVING ON Saturday, Jan. 12:

ARKANSAS LEGISLATURE-HIGHWAYS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas’ governor and legislative leaders say they’re optimistic they can pass a plan to raise more money for the state’s highway system. But the two main options for doing so _ raising taxes or tapping into existing general revenue _ have faced significant opposition in past years. By Andrew DeMillo. 600 words.

MOVING ON Sunday, Jan. 13:

ARKANSAS LEGISLATURE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ An income tax cut, ethics reforms and a government reorganization plan are on the agenda when Arkansas lawmakers convene for this year’s session. A look at the top issues facing lawmakers. By Andrew DeMillo. 600 words.

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FOR USE Sunday, Jan. 13, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-ROGERS-IMPROVED ROADS

ROGERS, Ark. _ Work will soon begin to extend Pleasant Grove Road, a project that officials said will make it easier to get to the far western side of the city. The $11 million project will add about a mile to Pleasant Grove Road between Arkansas 112 and Rainbow Road to the east, engineer Lance Jobe said. A chart on the city’s website shows the project is to be completed by the end of 2020. The extension is planned for a rural area of western Rogers where subdivisions have popped up in recent years. A 2015 study by the Arkansas Department of Transportation on Arkansas 112 improvement recommends access management, which involves entry and exit points on the highway. By Alex Golden, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 392 words.

EXCHANGE-HAMILTON HOUSE

FORT SMITH, Ark. _ Jackie Hamilton is known as both a “jewel” and a “hero” to those who know her best. For decades, the founder and executive director of Hamilton House Child Safety Center in Fort Smith has worked to create a better world for children who have suffered abuse. David Saxon, president of the Hamilton House board of directors and a retired Sebastian County district judge, said Hamilton treats every child who comes through the door at Mercy Tower in Fort Smith as a member of her family. In some cases, the children do become part of her family, either temporarily or permanently. By John Lovett, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1291 words.

EXCHANGE-LEATHER ARMOR

TEXARKANA, Texas _ A ranch-style house in a bucolic neighborhood on the edge of Texarkana is an unusual place to find a man making medieval and fantasy armor, but Clint Robinson is an unusual man. The Texarkana Gazette reports tall, bald and slender, he sports a well-trimmed beard, a silver earring and an infectious smile that lights up the room when he talks about his favorite subject _ making leather armor. His pleasant, tenor voice brims with excitement as he discusses it. By Michael V. Wilson, Texarkana Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,140 words, pursuing photos.

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FOR USE Monday, Jan. 14, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-CHEERLEADERS-DOCUMENTARY

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. _ After over a year’s worth of work, a local high school student debuted a feature-length documentary late December about her school’s cheerleaders. Kayla Streepy’s “Ring Redemption” premiered late December at the Lakeside High School auditorium. The 68-minute long movie follows the high school’s cheerleaders after the team suffered a loss at the state championships. The team had won the state championship 17 times in the previous 18 years -- having lost only once, in 2009. By Tanner Newton, The Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 730 words.

EXCHANGE-MOVIE THEATRE-CLOSES

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ An Arkansas movie theater has closed its doors after 80 years in operation. There are no immediate plans for the future of the Ritz Theatre in downtown Malvern, but owners Marla and Marty Nix hope to sell it, Marla Nix said to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette . The theater, which opened in 1938, closed recently after the couple took jobs at Malvern Country Club. Part of the decision stemmed from a lightning strike in October that took out one of the theater’s projectors. Repairs would have cost more than $40,000. By Alex Gladden, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 581 words.

^The AP, Little Rock

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