AP-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR
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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ governor is proposing a $5.7 billion budget for the coming year that sets aside money for raising the minimum salaries for public school teachers and for his tax cut plan. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday proposed increasing state spending in the fiscal year that begins July 1 by more than $129 million. Hutchinson is a Republican who was re-elected last week. By Andrew DeMillo. 400 words.
LITTLE ROCK SCHOOLS
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Little Rock School District and the district’s teachers’ union have agreed on a contract through October 2019 after weeks of disagreement and tense negotiations. Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key said in a statement Tuesday that the contract allows the department to petition the state for a waiver that would make it easier to dismiss teachers in poorly performing schools. By Hannah Grabenstein. 300 words.
MADISON, Wis. — Supporters of a $100 million incentive bill designed to keep open a Kimberly-Clark Corp. plant in northeastern Wisconsin and save nearly 400 jobs faced bipartisan opposition at a public hearing Wednesday, even as they argued that taking no action would be devastating for the Appleton area and the entire state. The paper products giant, which was founded nearly 150 years ago in Wisconsin and is now based in the Dallas area, is urging lawmakers to act as it weighs closing either that Wisconsin plant or one in Arkansas. By Scott Bauer. SENT: 790 words, will be updated.
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— FORD-WALMART-DELIVERY — Ford and Arkansas-based Walmart are teaming up to test a self-driving grocery delivery service.
— BANK ACQUISITIONS-BANCORPSOUTH — A Mississippi bank is buying banks in Texas and Alabama.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
WACO, Texas — Craig Colton looks like an NFL linebacker. But his friendly, gregarious nature quickly puts the people he meets at ease. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports he is the kind of guy most people would want to have a beer with. That’s what makes Colton good at his job and why he so easily earns the trust of those he is trying to help. Colton, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, is one of 822 employees who work for the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, the 123,000-square-foot, box-like structure at 701 Clay Ave. in Waco. By Tommy Witherspoon, Waco Tribune-Herald. SENT: 2,600 words, with photos.
BKW--T25-ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF-OREGON STATE
CORVALLIS, Ore. — The No. 8 Oregon State women host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a late morning game at Gill Coliseum. By Kyle Odegard. 500 words.
HOUSTON — Alabama set an SEC record with 12 players taken in the 2018 draft including four in the first round. The top-ranked Crimson Tide are sure to have several high draft picks in next year’s draft, too, but there are players at many other SEC schools that are also likely to hear their names called in the first round of the 2019 draft. According to several mock draft boards the SEC could have first-rounders from as many as nine different schools. By Kristie Rieken. 850 words, with photos.
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