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

October 11, 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.

The news editor for Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma is Kim Johnson, who can be reached at kjohnson@ap.org or (972) 991-2100.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

VOTER ID-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ highest court on Thursday upheld a voter ID law that is nearly identical to a restriction struck down by the court four years ago. The Arkansas Supreme Court reversed a judge’s ruling against the law approved last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature and governor. A judge had blocked officials from enforcing the restriction, but justices in May stayed that ruling and kept the law in effect while they considered the case. By Andrew DeMillo.

ARKANSAS CASINOS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that votes cast in November on a proposed casino legalization ballot initiative should be counted, dismissing two lawsuits which sought to block the count because of claims the wording is misleading and ambiguous in several areas. In two rulings, Arkansas’ highest court said the proposal’s text was clear and did not mislead voters. By Hannah Grabenstein.

IN BRIEF:

ARKANSAS-CORRUPTION-PARIS — The former president of an Arkansas college has reported to a federal prison in Illinois for his role in a corruption case.

IN SPORTS:

SEC THIS WEEK

No. 2 Georgia travels to face No. 13 LSU on Saturday in what could be the undefeated Bulldogs most difficult game of the season. Elsewhere in the SEC, Missouri is a 28-point underdog heading into a road game vs. No. 1 Alabama. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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