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

February 18, 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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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

TEACHER SALARIES-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to sign into law a bill that would raise the minimum for teacher salaries in the state by $4,000 over the next four years. The governor’s office says the Republican governor will sign the bill at 2 p.m. Monday at the state Department of Education. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

CAPITOL STATUES

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ The Arkansas Senate has approved a plan to replace the state’s two statues at the U.S. Capitol with ones depicting singer Johnny Cash and civil rights leader Daisy Bates. The Senate voted 33-0 Monday in favor of the proposal to replace the two statues depicting Uriah Rose and James P. Clarke. The measure now heads to the state House. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

GUNS STOLEN _ Police say more than 70 guns have been stolen from a hardware store in northwest Arkansas.

BUSINESS MAKEOVER FINALISTS _ Towns in Oklahoma and Arkansas are among six finalists for a small business makeover program on the reality show “Small Business Revolution - Main Street.”

IN SPORTS:

BKC--Alcorn State-Arkansas-Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. _ Alcorn State plays Arkansas-Pine Bluff at H.O. Clemmons Arena.

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