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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner,ADVISORY, AR

October 4, 2018


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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:



For use Sunday, Oct. 7, and thereafter:


FORT SMITH, Ark. — Myles Friedman liked to challenge himself, and his $10.8 million estate gift announced last month will give honors program students at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith the opportunity to do the same for themselves. University Foundation chairman Mark Moll announced before about 100 people, many of them honors program students, that the $10.8 million will be added to the Myles Friedman Scholarship Endowment that Friedman established at the university before he died on Sept. 1, 2017, at age 78. By Dave Hughes, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 643 words.


FORT SMITH, Ark. — While several historic figures are known for executing justice from Fort Smith, one is known for making trips into the town for her illegal actions. Belle Starr, dubbed the “Bandit Queen” in 19th century pulp novels and newspapers, was tried in Fort Smith twice during the 1880s. Her reputation as a no-nonsense outlaw has left a mark on the city still evident today. By Max Bryan, The Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 729 words.


For use Monday, Oct. 8, and thereafter:


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The testimony from a recent House Committee on Natural Resources oversight hearing shows Hot Springs National Park’s historic leasing program works and can be implemented elsewhere, two members of the committee said. The committee heard from local lessees before touring Bathhouse Row and seeing firsthand the work that has been done in preserving federal historic buildings for modern-day uses. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-District 4, a committee member, said he gathered that Hot Springs made a good impression that will be carried throughout the country. By Beth Reed, The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 567 words.


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Strolling under the tall oaks and pines of the new Electric Island Nature Trail, it’s hard to believe you’re on a foothill. Unlike more typical, landlocked hills in the Ouachita Mountains, no tangle of underbrush limits the line of sight as a hiker marches along this 2-mile dirt path. From 1928 until 1984, the hill/island belonged to Arkansas Power & Light Co., and for years, for reasons unknown, it was called Goat Island, aka Big Goat Island. By Celia Storey, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1481 words.

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