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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR

May 23, 2019

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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 501-225-3668:

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FOR USE Sunday, May 26, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-CANCER CENTER

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ The Medical Center of South Arkansas of El Dorado plans to start construction next month on a $3.5 million cancer center. The cancer center building is part of a $15 million investment in El Dorado health care, an outlay that began last year with renovations at the 166-bed hospital, said CEO Scott Street. The medical center will partner with Landmark Cancer Centers of Grapevine, Texas, to operate the cancer center, which will be on the first floor of a three-story 50,000-SF medical office building, Street said. The building also will house the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ regional health education center. The cancer center is expected to open in the summer of 2020. By Mark Friedman, Arkansas Business. SENT IN ADVANCE: 657 words.

EXCHANGE-NORTHWOODS TRAILS

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. _ Phase One of the Northwoods Trails System, which includes 15.7 miles of world-class mountain bike trails, is now complete, Visit Hot Springs officials said earlier this month. Traci Berry, trails coordinator for Visit Hot Springs, said the completion of Phase One comes with the opening of the final segment of trail in the project, which is less than 10 minutes from downtown Hot Springs. The completion of the first phase will soon be celebrated during the Northwoods’ monthly full moon ride. By Beth Reed, The Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 761 words.

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FOR USE Monday, May 27, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-DRONES-EDUCATION

SPRINGDALE, Ark. _ Girls at the Tyson School of Innovation not only are learning how to program and fly drones, they’re going into elementary schools to teach younger girls how to do it as well. “Coding Takes Flight” is run by several female students at the School of Innovation. Following a recent visit to Parson Hills Elementary School, they’ve now given drone and coding lessons to more than 1,000 girls across the Springdale School District since the program launched last fall. By Dave Perozek, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 713 words.

EXCHANGE-OPIOIDS-RECOVERING ADDICTS

JONESBORO, Ark. _ Plenty of people tried to help Shalinda Woolbright kick her drug habit. Woolbright said it wasn’t until someone in recovery reached out to help her that she began listening. Today, Woolbright is a counselor-in-training at Northeast Arkansas Treatment Services. By Adria Hyde, The Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 813 words.

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