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

November 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

LITTLE ROCK MAYOR

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Six decades after nine black students were escorted past an angry white mob into Little Rock Central High School, the city at the center of the desegregation crisis may be on the verge of electing its first African-American mayor in a Dec. 4 runoff. Frank Scott is a 35-year-old banking executive who may break that barrier. Scott is running against Baker Kurrus, a 64-year-old white attorney and businessman who was appointed as the school district’s superintendent after the state takeover. The runoff is Dec. 4. By Andrew DeMillo. 980 words, with photo.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

STADIUM EVACUATED-REPORT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A report says a fight involving a stun gun at an Arkansas high school football game prompted thousands of attendees to evacuate the stadium as false rumors of gunfire circulated. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the state found that panic and confusion quickly spread during the Aug. 25 game in Little Rock after a fight in the stands between 10 male youths. The report says one of them had a stun gun that several spectators mistook for a firearm. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

AP APPOINTMENT-EUROPE AFRICA NEWS DIRECTOR

LONDON — The Associated Press on Thursday named Anna Johnson as news director for Europe and Africa. Johnson is currently AP’s news director for the western U.S., based in Phoenix. Johnson, 42, joined AP as a reporter in Chicago in 2004. From 2006 to 2009, she was a reporter and editor based in Cairo, reporting throughout the Middle East. She later returned to Chicago as the assistant editor in the AP’s Central Region, where she was part of the team that won awards for deadline and breaking news reporting, including for AP’s reporting from tornado strikes in Joplin, Missouri, and Oklahoma City, and the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. SENT: 470 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

— SEVERE WEATHER-THREAT — A strong storm system is expected to bring hail, heavy rain and possibly tornadoes to parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

— JUVENILE DETENTION ASSAULT — A federal judge has denied a request to move the trial of two former Arkansas juvenile detention officers charged with conspiring to assault at least four juvenile inmates.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP-ALABAMA’S OFFENSE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Kirby Smart’s Alabama defenses routinely squared off in practice against Heisman Trophy-winning running backs and NFL-bound wide receivers. Still, the Georgia coach never saw a collection of offensive weapons during his days as the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator like he’ll see Saturday when the teams meet in the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta. By John Zenor. SENT: 770 words, with photos.

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