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

October 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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FROM AP MEMBERS:

ARKANSAS-HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Department of Transportation is seeking federal approval of an environmental assessment to clear the way for a more than $630 million renovation of Interstate 30. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the department is working with the Federal Highway Administration to resolve issues on the project designed to ease congestion and improve safety in the corridor through Little Rock and North Little Rock. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— DEADLY SCHOOL BUS CRASH — Authorities say three Arkansas men are dead after a school bus overturned onto their pickup truck in Missouri.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

— FBC--SEC THIS WEEK. SENT: 430 words, with photos.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-VOICE OF AGGIES

ARLINGTON, Texas — When the Texas A&M football radio broadcast took the air for the first time in the 2018 season, longtime color analyst and former football player Dave Elmendorf opened the call with an introduction to the new “Voice of the Aggies,” Andrew Monaco. The Eagle reports despite insisting not to make the moment about him, the gesture has stood out amongst a whirlwind first five games of his Aggie tenure. Last Saturday, Monaco traveled with his new family to the big stage, calling his first game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington as the Aggies faced Arkansas in the annual neutral-site trophy game. Texas A&M won the Southwest Classic, 24-17. By Travis L. Brown, The Eagle. SENT: 580 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.

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