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

November 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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FROM AP MEMBERS:

ARKANSAS INTERSTATE-TOLL STUDY

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Department of Transportation is exploring funding alternatives for the construction and operation of a section of Interstate 49 after a study found that using tolls wouldn’t raise the needed revenue. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the department considered using toll revenue to build, maintain and operate a nearly 14-mile section of Interstate 49 from Interstate 40 in Crawford County to Arkansas 22 in Sebastian County. 290 words.

IN BRIEF:

— THREE DEAD-OVERDOSE — Authorities say three people, including two from Arkansas, whose bodies were found in a parked vehicle in southwest Missouri died of apparent drug overdoses.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF-MASSACHUSETTS

Arkansas-Pine Bluff plays Massachusetts at William D. Mullins Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

BKC--ECCLESIA-ORAL ROBERTS

Ecclesia plays Oral Roberts at Mabee Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

BKC--ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK-TULSA

Arkansas-Little Rock plays Tulsa at Donald W. Reynolds Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

HORSE RACING:

OAKLAWN-EXPANSION

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Arkansas’ only thoroughbred racetrack has announced plans for a $100 million expansion that will include an on-site hotel, event center and a larger gambling area. Oaklawn Racing and Gaming says the project is one of the largest hospitality investments in Arkansas history. Monday’s announcement comes less than two weeks after voters legalized casino gambling at four sites in the state, including Oaklawn. 130 words.

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