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

July 12, 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.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ medical marijuana commission on Thursday discusses whether to hire an outside consultant to help review hundreds of applications by businesses that want to sell the drug. The panel is also expected to discuss whether to consider issuing any additional licenses to grow medical marijuana. By Andrew DeMillo. Story on merits. Meeting begins 4 p.m. CDT.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton on Thursday will attend the Presidential Leadership Scholars graduation at the Clinton Presidential Center, and will answer questions from the 59 scholars. By Hannah Grabenstein. UPCOMING: 130 words, with photos. Expanded story on merits.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas prisons board officials are holding off from endorsing staff-proposed legislation that would help conceal the identities of makers of the state’s execution drugs. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Board of Corrections Chairman Benny Magness pulled the drug-secrecy proposal from the board’s agenda on Wednesday, saying he first wants to hear Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s opinion. 250 words.


— ARKANSAS LAWMAKER ARRESTED — All four circuit court judges in Garland County have recused themselves from a felony case filed against a state lawmaker accused of not filing an income tax return for 15 years.


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