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

February 21, 2019

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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ARKANSAS HIGHWAYS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ The Arkansas Senate takes up a plan to raise fuel taxes and tap into expected casino revenue for highways. The proposal faces resistance from anti-tax Republicans and from some lawmakers concerned that the state will have to make up the difference on funding until casinos are up and running. By Andrew DeMillo. 350 words.

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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-MUMPS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has confirmed three cases of mumps and is testing a fourth potential case, just two years after the end of an outbreak in the state that involved thousands of cases of the illness, the Arkansas Health Department said. 250 words.

ALSO OF NOTE:

PRISON GANG INDICTMENT

TULSA, Okla. _ A federal indictment in Tulsa charges 18 members of a white supremacist prison gang with racketeering, drug conspiracy and kidnapping that resulted in at least six homicides since 2005. The indictment does not indicate if the charges are related to drug charges filed last week against alleged members of a white supremacist gang in Arkansas. 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

ISRAEL BOYCOTT-ARKANSAS _ An Arkansas newspaper is asking a federal appeals court to revive its lawsuit challenging the state’s requirement that government contractors pledge to not boycott Israel.

CAMP DIRECTOR-ARREST _ A former director of a Christian summer camp in Arkansas has been sentenced to six years in prison after he was convicted on video voyeurism and child pornography charges.

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