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

November 8, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Charges have been filed against the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine people from an Indiana family and an Arkansas father and son, prosecutors said Thursday. A federal indictment shows 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee is facing 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship’s officer resulting in death. The July accident occurred when an amphibious vessel known as a duck boat sank on Table Rock Lake when a sudden and severe storm rolled into the area. The boats were originally designed for military use in World War II but had been refurbished as a tourist attraction. By Margaret Stafford. SENT: 670 words, with photo.

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— MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT-THE LATEST

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

ARKANSAS-CASINOS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — What’s next for Arkansas now that voters have approved an amendment for the license of four casinos? By Hannah Grabenstein. 500 words, with photos.

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INTERSTATE PROJECT-LAWSUIT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Five Arkansas residents have filed a lawsuit to challenge whether a large part of funding can be spent on a $630 million project to improve the Interstate 30 corridor through Little Rock and North Little Rock. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the lawsuit filed Wednesday contends that Connecting Arkansas Program money can’t be spent on Interstate 30 because it’s a six-lane highway. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA GREYHOUND RACING

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida voters decided to phase out greyhound racing in the state by 2021, meaning thousands of dogs will soon need new homes. The state voted 69 to 31 percent Tuesday to pass Amendment 13. About 50 tracks closed nationally over the past 30 years because of shrinking crowds and accusations that dogs are mistreated. Florida’s 11 dog tracks constitute almost two-thirds of those remaining nationally. Two tracks remain in West Virginia and one each in Alabama, Arkansas and Iowa. In Texas, three tracks rotate an annual meet. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 740 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

— SUPREME COURT ADS-ARKANSAS — Nine of the 12 judges on the Arkansas Court of Appeals are removing themselves from hearing the challenge to a decision that temporarily blocked a group’s TV ad attacking a Supreme Court justice.

— JONESBORO-POSSIBLE REMAINS — Police in Jonesboro say possible human remains have been found on the city’s south side.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

— FBC--SEC THIS WEEK: Here are some things to watch during Week 11 of the Southeastern Conference football season. SENT: 550 words, with photos.

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