BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner,ADVISORY, AR
The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:
NOTE: The Arkansas Perspective staff feature has been discontinued.
For use Sunday, Sept. 2, and thereafter:
EXCHANGE-LITTLE ROCK POLICE-CADETS
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Little Rock Police Department’s Telephone Reporting Unit employs 18- to 21-year-olds with an interest in becoming police officers to answer nonemergency calls at the department’s communication center, write reports and train with experienced officers in a variety of fields. Sgt. Dewana Phillips, a 24-year-veteran of the Police Department and sergeant of the unit, said the program aids in training recruits and alleviating the number of calls coming into the department’s nonemergency communications center every day. By Clara Turnage, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 713 words.
FORT SMITH, Ark. — A state initiative to reduce recidivism in the Fort Smith region has yielded positive results in its first year, one official said. Paul Chapman, executive director of Restore Hope Arkansas, said inmates returning to the Fort Smith area who are in the program have experienced success in areas like drug recovery, parole and employment. He said areas like these are positive indicators that may eventually point toward lower recidivism rates. By Max Bryan, The Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 516 words.
For use Monday, Sept. 3, and thereafter:
EXCHANGE-OAKLAWN PARK-2019 SEASON
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Oaklawn’s summertime construction projects include making preparations to race in warmer weather in 2019, when the live meet will stretch into early May, according to Jennifer Hoyt, media relations manager. Because the live meet’s dates have been shifted to start Jan. 25 and end May 4, Hoyt said Oaklawn has focused a lot of its attention on preparing the grandstand for warmer temperatures. Shortly after the Arkansas Derby on April 14, Oaklawn broke ground on three new barns and a new winner’s circle, which are on schedule to open when the horsemen return on Nov. 26. By Beth Reed, The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 940 words.
EXCHANGE-BLACK OAK MURAL
BLACK OAK, Ark. — A new mural is giving drivers pause in Black Oak. And most are pulling over for an extended look. Three large panels — one displaying a portrait of famed author John Grisham, one displaying a field of lily-white cotton and one re-creating the 1973′s “High on the Hog” album by hometown Southern rock supergroup Black Oak Arkansas — are the latest additions to the small town. By David Talley, The Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 654 words.
The AP, Little Rock