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

August 3, 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.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas jury has decided that a Little Rock fine installment plan violated the state constitution’s due process protections. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that LaDonna Nelson sued Little Rock in 2014. She alleged she had to pay $30 in installment fees in addition to a $115 speeding fine, despite paying the fine within a month of it being imposed. 250 words.


— MINIMUM WAGE-ARKANSAS — Supporters of an effort to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas have turned in thousands of additional signatures to try and get their proposal on the November ballot.

— ARKANSAS CORRUPTION-FILES — A former Arkansas state senator has reported to a federal prison in Oklahoma to begin serving an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty to fraud and money laundering charges.

— HIGHWAY-BODY FOUND — Authorities are investigating after a man’s body was found on a highway in eastern Oklahoma near the state’s border with Arkansas.

— WALMART-ROBOT — Walmart is testing — in New Hampshire — automated carts that retrieve bins of groceries from storage as the Arkansas-based retailer tries to speed up the process of packaging online orders to send out or bringing to customers at their cars.




Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is on administrative leave as the school investigates claims his wife knew about allegations of domestic violence against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was fired last week. Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day will run the team during the investigation. Here are some of the coaches who took interim roles at prominent programs after scandals and how they fared. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 640 words, with photos.


AUBURN, Ala. — Defending SEC West champion Auburn opens preseason camp with no questions about the starting quarterback for the first time in four years, but there’s undoubtedly some uncertainty at tailback. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


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