AP-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR
Aug. 08, 2018
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ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — A Chinese company's announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of Arkadelphia was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region's economy. A web video promoting Arkadelphia — "It's a great place to call home!" — continues to tout the Sun Paper project. But optimism has been giving way to concern amid President Donald Trump's escalating trade dispute with China. The threat of a full-blown trade war has delayed the project further and prompted the governor to send his top economic development official to China to make sure it stays on track. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 1,050 words, with photos.
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PARKING LOT SHOOTING
TEXARKANA, Ark. — A mistrial has been declared in the second trial of an Arkansas man accused of fatally shooting another man over a parking space. The Texarkana Gazette reports that a judge on Tuesday declared Marvin Arrell Stanton's murder case a mistrial. 250 words.
— POLICE DEPARTMENT SUED — A federal lawsuit alleges that an Arkansas police department violated free-speech rights when the agency deleted links posted to its public Facebook page.
— SKATE PARK SHOOTING — A fourth teenager has been arrested on a murder warrant in the fatal shooting of a man at a skate park in North Little Rock.
— HEPATITIS-FORT SMITH — A day after warning Paragould residents in northeast Arkansas about a possible hepatitis A exposure, Arkansas health officials are warning residents of a western Arkansas city after a restaurant employee there tested positive for the virus.
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WACO, Texas — Lynnette Geary initially teaches students to play the carillon on a modified electric keyboard. But there is no way to replicate the real thing, manipulating wooden levers with both hands and feet to bring 22 tons of bronze bells at the top of Pat Neff Hall into a melody descending over Baylor University. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Geary, an Arkansas native, is an unsung hero who brings an ethereal beauty to Baylor. By Cassie L. Smith, Waco Tribune-Herald. SENT: 760 words, pursuing photos.
Stanford running back Bryce Love's decision to return for his senior year instantly made him a preseason front-runner for some of college football's top individual awards. Love won the Doak Walker Award as college football's top running back and was runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting last year as he rushed for 2,118 yards. He's an obvious candidate for both awards again this year, even though he will have a tough time matching his production from last season. Love is among several players to enter the season as contenders to earn hardware this season. Here's a rundown of potential candidates for some of college football's top individual awards. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 870 words, with photos.
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