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

February 27, 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.

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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

XGR--ARKANSAS FLAG

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A legislative panel has rejected a proposal to strip the Confederate designation from one of the stars on Arkansas’ flag and instead have it represent the contributions of Native Americans in the state. The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday rejected the proposal, which wouldn’t have changed the flag’s design but would have deleted language from a law that says the blue star above the state’s name on the flag commemorates the Confederate States of America. By Andrew DeMillo. 400 words, with photos.

XGR--ARKANSAS HIGHWAYS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ An Arkansas House panel has endorsed a plan to ask voters next year to permanently extend a half-cent sales tax for state highways. The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved the proposal, which would ask voters to make permanent the sales tax for roads set to expire in 2023. The measure now heads to the full House for a vote. By Andrew DeMillo. 300 words.

TOP STORIES:

DEEP SOUTH-FLOODING

GLENDORA, Miss. _ Rain-swollen rivers were spilling over their banks across the South on Wednesday and a Mississippi mayor said water has surrounded his town and forced some families to leave their homes. Flood warnings were in place Wednesday in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. SENT: 180 words, with photos, video. Developing.

With:

_ DEEP SOUTH FLOODING-THE LATEST

WHITE NATIONALIST PLOT-APPEAL

OKLAHOMA CITY _ An Oklahoma man’s new trial request for a 1999 federal murder conviction and death sentence in Arkansas has been denied, with the judge saying he doesn’t have jurisdiction while noting that evidence presented by attorneys “is reasonably likely” to have led to a different sentence. Danny Lee was convicted in the deaths of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife and her 8-year-old daughter, and stealing guns and cash in a plot to establish a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. By Ken Miller. 430 words, with photo.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

BUFFALO RIVER-HOG FARM

JASPER, Ark. _ The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected a request from environmental regulators to stay proceedings in a case involving a large hog farm near the scenic Buffalo National River. 270 words.

OF NOTE:

WALMART-DISABLED GREETERS

ALLENTOWN, Pa. _ As Arkansas-based Walmart phases out the familiar, blue-vested “people greeter” at some 1,000 stores nationwide, disabled workers who fill many of those jobs say they feel like they’re being pushed out the door by a retailer that styles itself as inclusive. UPCOMING: 350 words, with photos.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--STEPHEN F. AUSTIN-CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Stephen F. Austin plays Central Arkansas at Farris Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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