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

December 21, 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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FROM AP MEMBERS:

GARLAND COUNTY-LAND SWAP

JESSIEVILLE, Ark. _ Federal lawmakers have approved the Walnut Grove Land Exchange Act this week, which authorizes a land swap between the U.S. Forest Service and Walnut Grove Community Church in Garland County. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported that the bill was sent to President Donald Trump for his signature. 250 words.

OKLAHOMA-POWER PLANTS

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma’s largest electric utility says its plan to spend $53 million to buy two power plants will save customers money and lower power plant emissions. The Journal Record reports that Oklahoma Gas & Electric announced a plan Thursday to acquire the Shady Point power plant near Poteau and the Oklahoma Cogeneration plant in Oklahoma City. The acquisitions are pending approval from regulators in Oklahoma and Arkansas, but they would replace capacity supplied to OG&E under contracts set to expire next year. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLD CASE-ARREST _ Police in North Little Rock say they’ve arrested a man in connection with a killing more than 10 years ago.

_ LITTLE ROCK-POLICE SHOOTING _ Authorities say police officers in Little Rock shot and wounded a man after a vehicle rammed into a patrol vehicle.

_ SEARCY-INMATE ESCAPE _ Authorities say an inmate who walked away from a north Arkansas hospital is back in custody.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--CENTRAL ARKANSAS-OKLAHOMA ST

Central Arkansas on Friday afternoon plays Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena. UPCOMING: 650 words.

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