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

August 24, 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.

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ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge on Friday delayed a trial over Arkansas’ lethal injection method after an attorney for the state said it is “highly unlikely” the state will be obtain new execution drugs or set execution dates before next spring. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted the state’s request to delay until April 2019 the trial challenging the state’s use of midazolam, a sedative used in executions that a group of death row inmates claim couldn’t render them unconscious and might expose them to excruciating pain. The trial was originally set for November. By Andrew DeMillo. 250 words.

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ARKANSAS-HOG FARM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The owners of the Buffalo River watershed’s only large-scale hog farm are proposing to build another hog operation near the Arkansas River and Cedar Creek. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the farm is at least the second one proposed by the owners of C&H Hog Farms within the past year for the state’s northwest corner. Both have met opposition from people concerned about smell and the potential effect on recreational activities. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

SCHOOL-WORKER KILLED — A sanitation worker has died while working at a northern Arkansas elementary school.

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL-RECORDS — An Arkansas agency is appealing a judge’s ruling that required it to release eight additional pages of personnel records from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s work there as an attorney.

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