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

January 2, 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.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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FROM AP MEMBERS:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OKLAHOMA

FORT SMITH, Ark. _ Officials say thousands of Arkansas residents with valid medical marijuana licenses can receive a temporary medical marijuana adult license in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has issued more than 33,000 patient licenses since voters overwhelmingly authorized medical cannabis in June. 375 words.

POULTRY OPERATIONS-OKLAHOMA

TULSA, Okla. _ The number of poultry operators in northeast Oklahoma is dropping but the farms are raising more birds per facility. That’s according to public records provided to the Tulsa World, which requested 20 years of data on poultry operations. Residents in the Illinois River watershed have complained for years of pollution from expanded poultry operation waste in northeastern Oklahoma, and late last year, Arkansas and Oklahoma signed an agreement to study ways to improve water quality. SENT: 285 words.

ALSO OF NOTE:

RIVERBOAT RENAISSANCE

NEW ORLEANS _ Tourists coming to New Orleans will soon get to ride a new paddlewheel boat on the Mississippi River. There are already two paddlewheel boats on the river _ the Creole Queen and the Natchez. The new boat _ called The City of New Orleans _ was built in Louisiana in 1991 but then became a casino boat in Illinois. After undergoing extensive renovations, the new boat will start taking passengers in late January. By Stacey Plaisance. SENT: 835 words, photos.

MIDWEST ECONOMY

OMAHA, Neb. _ A survey suggests business conditions improved last month in nine Midwest and Plains states. A report issued Wednesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 55.2 from 54.1 in November. The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. SENT: 340 words.

With MIDWEST ECONOMY-GLANCE

IN SPORTS:

BKC-CENTRAL ARKANSAS-TEXAS A&M CC

Central Arkansas plays Texas A&M-CC at American Bank Center.

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