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

August 9, 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.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A civil rights group is suing an Arkansas judge that it accuses of excessively fining, jailing and suspending drivers’ licenses of thousands of defendants who are poor, creating a spiral of debt that threatens their jobs and their homes. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed the lawsuit Thursday in state court against White County District Judge Mark Derrick. The lawsuit alleges he’s violating the constitutional rights of poor residents who have appeared in his court and accuses Derrick of levying substantial fines against people convicted of even the most minor infractions without any inquiry about their ability to pay. By Andrew DeMillo. UPCOMING: 400 words.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — State and federal officials are asking Exxon Mobil to pay more than $1.8 million in compensation for a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state Game and Fish Commission proposed the settlement Tuesday. The funds would pay for wildlife restoration and compensate the government for damage caused when the 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower near Lake Conway. 250 words.


JET-ATTEMPTED THEFT-ARKANSAS — A young Arkansas man accused of trying to steal a small commercial jet will undergo a mental evaluation.

COLD CASE ARRESTS — Authorities say two men wanted in connection with a more than two-year-old fatal shooting in southeastern Arkansas have been arrested.


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