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

November 27, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

CONGRESS-SENTENCING BILL

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, visited Capitol Hill Tuesday as lawmakers from both parties push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on a rewrite of criminal justice sentencing laws. A rare bipartisan coalition is advocating passage of legislation to revise 1980s and ’90s-era federal “tough on crime” laws by boosting rehab efforts for federal prisoners and giving judges more discretion when sentencing nonviolent offenders, particularly for drug offenses. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton has argued that sentences for drug offenders shouldn’t be given an earlier release in the middle of a national drug epidemic. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 850 words.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

HERBICIDE DISPUTE-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A committee is recommending that the Arkansas Plant Board allow farmers to use the herbicide dicamba next year, but extend protections to prevent the weed killer from drifting and damaging crops. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the board’s pesticide committee voted to allow in-crop use of dicamba in 2019 through June 15. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ABORTION RESTRICTIONS-ARKANSAS — Three Arkansas abortion clinics are appealing a state board’s ruling that they violated a law barring them from charging a patient seeking an abortion for related services during the waiting period before the procedure.

— WHITE NATIONALIST PLOT-APPEAL — Federal prosecutors say U.S. District Court in Little Rock does not have jurisdiction to consider the request for a new trial by an Oklahoma man sentenced to death for killing an Arkansas family in a plot to set up a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. With photo.

— HOT SPRINGS DOUBLE HOMICIDE — Prosecutors in Arkansas plan to seek the death penalty for a Hot Springs woman charged in this month’s stabbing deaths of her mother and her daughter.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI — Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-4) has won two in a row heading into its game against Cincinnati (5-1), which has won five straight. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.

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FOOTBALL:

FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP-GEORGIA-BAMA REMATCH

ATHENS, Ga. — They avoided the subject all season — especially in recent weeks, when they knew there would be a rematch against mighty Alabama. But make no mistake: This is a game the Georgia Bulldogs have wanted since last January, when the Crimson Tide pulled out a 26-23 overtime victory in the national championship game. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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