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

March 1, 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.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

WALMART-DISABLED GREETERS

After more than a week of backlash, Arkansas-based Walmart is pledging to make “every effort” to find other roles for disabled workers who’d accused the retailer of targeting them as it prepares to eliminate the “people greeter” job at 1,000 stores. Greg Foran, president and CEO of Walmart’s U.S. stores, said in a memo to store managers Thursday night that “we are taking some specific steps to support” greeters with disabilities. Walmart released the memo publicly. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 410 words, with photos.

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ARKANSAS-HOME SCHOOLING

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ The Arkansas House has passed legislation that would require public schools to allow home-schooled students to enroll in individual classes. 250 words.

KIMBERLY-CLARK-OKLAHOMA

JENKS, Okla. _ Texas-based paper products retailer Kimberly-Clark has announced plans for a $120 million investment in a Tulsa-area plant, creating 50 new jobs. SENT: 300 words.

OF NOTE:

MIDWEST ECONOMY

OMAHA, Neb. _ A new report says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index in February hit its highest level since September, signaling solid economic growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states. The report issued Friday says the index rose to 57.9 last month from 56.0 in January. The September figure was 57.5. SENT: 320 words.

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_ MIDWEST ECONOMY-GLANCE

IN BRIEF:

_ HOT SPRINGS-FIRE-DEVELOPMENT _ Leaders in Hot Springs are taking suggestions for the redevelopment of the former Majestic Hotel site, which was ravaged by fire five years ago.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

_ BKC--SEC THIS WEEK _ By Steve Megargee and David Brandt. SENT: 750 words, with photos.

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