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

November 6, 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.

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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Four years after winning office in a race that drew national attention and money, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is favored to win re-election in Arkansas against a long-shot Democratic rival who has targeted the incumbent over the state’s Medicaid work requirement. Hutchinson has eclipsed Democratic nominee Jared Henderson in fundraising and polls show the first-term governor is generally popular ahead of Tuesday’s election. Hutchinson, a former congressman and federal Homeland Security official, was first elected governor in 2014. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 320 words, with photos. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Democratic state legislator and cancer survivor hopes to flip a Republican-held congressional seat in central Arkansas in a race that has focused on the GOP incumbent’s support for repealing the federal health care law. Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill is trying to fend off a competitive bid by Democratic challenger Clarke Tucker in Tuesday’s election for the 2nd Congressional District covering Little Rock and seven central Arkansas counties. Hill was first elected to the seat in 2014. The race also features Libertarian nominee Joe Swafford. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 470 words, with photos. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2018-ARKANSAS-NEWS GUIDE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas Supreme Court justice is fighting for her political career in a re-election bid that’s been marked by heavy spending by outside groups blanketing airwaves with attack ads, while voters are being asked to raise the state’s minimum wage. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 560 words, with photos. Will be updated.

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NERVOUS SYSTEM DISORDER-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Federal and state health officials have confirmed that three Arkansas children have a rare, polio-like illness that can cause paralysis in the arms and legs. The Arkansas Department of Health announced the diagnoses on Monday following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s investigation into an increase in reported cases of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— OBIT-WHITWORTH — The first Miss America to come from Arkansas, Donna Axum Whitworth, has died at age 76 in Texas. With photo.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF-SAN DIEGO ST

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego State Aztecs, who returned to the NCAA Tournament last year after a two-year absence, open the season at home Tuesday night against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 9 p.m. CST.

BKC--CENTRAL ARKANSAS-MISSOURI

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Central Arkansas visits Missouri to take on Cuonzo Martin’s Tigers, who will be without star forward Jontay Porter due to a season-ending knee injury. By Charlie Clarke. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CST.

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FOOTBALL:

HIGH SCHOOL:

— FBH--ARKANSAS SPORTS MEDIA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL

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