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

February 24, 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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TOP STORIES:

ARKANSAS CORRUPTION

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas has had its share of notable corruption cases over the years, including when the governor who succeeded Bill Clinton was convicted in a Whitewater-related probe and when a state treasurer was caught accepting bribes stashed in pie boxes. A flurry of cases in the past two years has been eye-popping, though, even for the most jaded veterans of Arkansas politics. Among those who have been charged are a nephew of the current governor, a champion of campaign finance reform and a top county official who admitted to taking bribes funneled through the church where he was a pastor. Bu Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 830 words, photos.

DEEP SOUTH WEATHER

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ Weekend storms raked parts of the Southeast, leaving deaths and injuries in their wake as a tornado smashed into a commercial district in a small Mississippi city and drenching rains fed a rising flood threat. A woman was killed when a tornado hit Columbus, Mississippi, and a man died when he drove into floodwaters in Tennessee, officials said. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

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EXCHANGE-BOY SCOUTS-GIRLS TROOP

BRYANT, Ark. _ Ten girls stood in a single line alongside the Boy Scouts of Troop 17 and raised three fingers on their right hands as they recited the Boy Scouts oath during a recent ceremony in the First United Methodist Church of Bryant. The girls, ages 11-17, are the founding members of Troop 19. The group became the first all-girls troop chartered by the Quapaw Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. By Alex Gladden, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 539 words.

EXCHANGE-FORT SMITH-CONVENTION CENTER

FORT SMITH, Ark. _ The Fort Smith Board of Directors previously questioned the value of subsidizing the Convention Center. It was worried about supporting the facility with other things in need of attention. Directors said recently, however, it’s worth the investment. According to the presentation, the facility’s overall revenue exceeded $833,000 — roughly $45,000 more than in 2017 — for the best year since it opened. The city of Fort Smith paid almost $775,500 toward the Convention Center’s operations, which also increased its number of events to 264 and event days to 276. By Jadyn Watson-Fisher, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 517 words.

IN BRIEF:

LITTLE ROCK-POLICE SHOOTING: The mother of a 30-year-old man who was shot and killed by a Little Rock police officer during a traffic stop says she plans to hire an attorney.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Top-ranked Duke won on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference without Zion Williamson while No. 12 Kansas’ latest stumble has put its streak of Big 12 regular-season titles in serious jeopardy. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos by 4 p.m.

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