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

May 2, 2019

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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ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Testimony has concluded in a federal trial in Little Rock over Arkansas’ use of a sedative in lethal injections. In their closing arguments Thursday, lawyers challenging the state’s use of the drug midazolam reiterated the sedative doesn’t provide enough anesthesia to render a patient unable to feel pain. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker will begin considering both sides’ arguments soon and will eventually issue a written order in the case. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.

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_ ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS-THE LATEST

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ARKANSAS CASINOS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ An American Indian tribe has submitted its first application for a casino license in Arkansas. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in November that legalized casinos in four Arkansas counties. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Quapaw Nation in Oklahoma gave the state Racing Commission a $250,000 check on Wednesday as the casino license application period began. The application period will be in effect through May 30. 250 words.

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MED--SCHOOL LUNCH

NEW YORK _ Is white bread about to make a comeback on school lunch menus? After complaints of gritty macaroni and cardboard pizza crusts, the Trump administration rolled back a rule that required foods like pasta and bread be made with whole grains. The cafeteria directors who lobbied for the change say they just want greater flexibility to serve foods like white bread — which are more processed and have less fiber — when whole grains don’t work. In Arkansas, students in the Magnet Cove district accepted whole-grain Pop Tarts and other changes, officials say, but still prefer the old noodles, biscuits and rolls. By Candice Choi. SENT: 940 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTION 2020-SENATE-ARKANSAS _ A business owner who ran unsuccessfully last year for a U.S. House seat in northwest Arkansas has announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton. Joshua Mahony announced his campaign Wednesday.

_ SILO EXPLOSION-MISSISSIPPI _ An emergency director in Mississippi says nobody was hurt by an explosion inside a silo operated by an Arkansas-based milling company.

IN SPORTS:

HORSE RACING:

RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-FAVORITE SCRATCHED

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The surprising scratch of Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach leaves trainer Bob Baffert with the top three betting choices in pursuit of a record-tying sixth victory. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. 650 words, photos.

RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-JAPANESE HORSE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Master Fencer is the first Japan-bred horse to run in the Kentucky Derby. The 50-1 shot has had an arduous journey to the starting gate at Churchill Downs. By Mike Farrell. 500 words, photos.

RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-HORSES TO WATCH

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ A look at some of the Kentucky Derby contenders, where Game Winner is now the favorite following the scratch of Omaha Beach. By Gary B. Graves. 650 words, with photos.

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_ RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-PREPARATION. 300 words, photos.

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