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 at pebbles@ap.org or 800-715-7291.

Arkansas News Editor Kelly P. Kissel can be reached at kkissel@ap.org or 501-681-1269.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

HERBICIDE DISPUTE-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Plant Board on Wednesday discusses whether to change it proposal to ban the use of an herbicide that's prompted nearly 1,000 complaints in the state after legislators put the planned restriction on hold. By Andrew DeMillo. 400 words.

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JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY-THREAT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — An ex-student at John Brown University has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge involving use of explosives. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 20-year-old Timothy Constantin was charged Tuesday in Benton County with criminal acts involving explosives. Siloam Springs police say they received a call in November about a suicidal person making comments about committing a mass shooting or bombing. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

DEEP FREEZE

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three decades before slogging up the Atlantic coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina, with a rare blast of snow and ice. Forecasters warned that the same system could soon strengthen into a "bomb cyclone" as it rolls up the East Coast, bringing hurricane-force winds, coastal flooding and up to a foot of snow. At least 16 deaths were blamed on dangerously cold temperatures that for days have gripped wide swaths of the U.S. from Texas to New England. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 940 words, with photos, video, audio.

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— DEEP FREEZE-THE LATEST

DEEP FREEZE-NIAGARA FALLS

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Niagara Falls is one place the nation's deep freeze is as much seen as it is felt. Mist from the surging waters has been freezing instantly on everything it touches, coating trees, walkways, cliffs and overlooks in a dreamy, brilliant white. Elsewhere, fountains froze in Texarkana, Arkansas, in New York City's Bryant Park — and even Savannah, Georgia. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 430 words, with photos, video.

2018-STATE ELECTIONS

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Buoyed by electoral victories during President Donald Trump's first year in office, Democrats will be waging a renewed battle to wrest control of Congress from Republicans. Yet the contests with the greatest long-term consequences for Congress could be or governors and state legislators who'll shape the boundaries of congressional districts. Republicans hope to protect turf in Arkansas, South Carolina and Texas. By David Lieb. SENT: 1,110 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ARKANSAS REVENUE — Arkansas finance officials say a rise in individual income and sales tax collections helped push the state's revenue in December above expectations and the same month in 2016.

— OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING-ARKANSAS — Arkansas State Police agents are investigating an officer-involved shooting that led to the death of a 49-year-old man in Ozark.

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