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

December 5, 2018

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.

The Little Rock bureau is reachable at: 501-225-3668.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CHARTER BUS CRASH-ARKANSAS

MEMPHIS, Tenn._ It was a fun and competitive weekend for a young group of all-stars as they visited Texas and represented Memphis, Tennessee, in a weekend football tournament in the Dallas area. The players, some venturing outside Memphis for the first time, built bonds on the field and off, says one of their coaches, Matt King. But the glow of a successful tournament turned to tragedy when the charter bus carrying players and coaches rolled off an interstate and overturned in Arkansas early Authorities are investigating what caused the crash, which occurred in clear, dry weather _ leaving one child dead and 45 other people hurt. By Adrian Sainz. SENT: 620 words, with photo.

DELTA QUEEN

ST. LOUIS _ After a decade in dock, the historic 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again. President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday authorizing the 285-foot-long riverboat immortalized in poems and songs to cruise again along the Mississippi and several other rivers. The Delta Queen was sidelined in 2008 by a federal law prohibiting overnight excursions on wooden vessels. Both U.S. senators from Missouri co-sponsored a bill to allow the exemption, which requires modifications to wooden portions of the vessel. The hull is already steel. The company in 2020 expects to begin cruises on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, Kanawha, Arkansas and Illinois rivers in 2020. By Jim Salter. SENT: 330 words, with photo.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

SEVERE WEATHER-SOUTHERN PLAINS

VAN BUREN, Ark. _ Residents in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas are cleaning up after a series of tornadoes struck the area last week. 250 words

With:

_ WINTRY WEATHER-SOUTHERN PLAINS _ A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle as snow and freezing rain head toward the region.

IN BRIEF:

_ KIDNAPPING ARREST-ARKANSAS _ A man who was tried twice but never convicted in the 2005 beating death of an Arkansas Tech University student has been arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnapping.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--ARKANSAS-COLORADO STATE

FORT COLLINS, Colo. _ The Colorado State Rams host Arkansas on Wednesday night, the first time they’ve faced a Southeastern Conference team at Moby Arena since 2005. The Razorbacks have won five straight and are receiving votes in the AP poll. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. CST.

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