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

May 22, 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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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas’ governor has announced 15 new cabinet secretaries under a state agency reorganization that cut the number of departments answering directly to him. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday said the new secretaries will begin work in July under the reorganization plan that lawmakers approved earlier this year. The plan cut the number of cabinet-level agencies from 42. By Andrew DeMillo. 300 words, with photo.


_ INTERSTATE-FATAL CRASH _ Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas has reopened after a multi-vehicle crash shut down westbound lanes for hours on Wednesday morning.

_ FORMER LAWMAKER-THEFT _ A former state lawmaker in Arkansas has been sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to a theft charge.

_ FAYETTEVILLE-FOAM CONTAINERS _ Leaders in Fayetteville have approved a measure that bans the city from buying disposable products made from Styrofoam.



SAN MARCOS, Texas _ Inside Amazon’s 855,000-square-foot warehouse on East McCarty Lane in San Marcos, man and machine work together daily to fulfill the millions of customer orders they’re responsible for each year. The Austin American-Statesman reports beyond secured doors and metal detectors, employees assemble packages using ever-evolving machinery and sorting technology. Amazon has built itself into a $900 billion company, largely through this flagship service: fast delivery. Now, it’s aiming to fulfill orders at an even speedier pace. By Sebastian Herrera, Austin American-Statesman. SENT: 930 words, pursuing photos.




HOOVER, Ala. _ Cam Shepherd belted a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give No. 3 seed Georgia a 2-0 victory over No. 6 seed Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday. Shepherd blasted a 2-2 pitch from Joseph Menefee (3-2) over the left-field fence, barely sailing over the glove of left fielder Cam Blake. Georgia (43-14) got just three hits but still won an SEC Tournament game for the first time since 2011. The Bulldogs had lost eight straight SEC Tournament games. The Bulldogs play the winner of Wednesday’s game between No. 2 seed Arkansas and No. 7 seed Mississippi. SENT: 150 words, with photos.


HOOVER, Ala. _ Mississippi faces Arkansas in the second round of the SEC Tournament, which switches to the double elimination format. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos.


HOOVER, Ala. - No. 1 seed Vanderbilt faces No. 8 seed Auburn in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos.


HOOVER, Ala. - No. 4 seed Mississippi State faces No. 5 seed LSU in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos.




FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Duke freshman Gina Kim drilled a fairway bunker to 2 feet for birdie on the final hole that secured a 1-up victory and sent her team into the title match against Wake Forest in the NCAA women’s championship. Wake Forest, led by Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion Jennifer Kupcho, had an easy time in its semifinal victory over Auburn, winning four matches and halving the other. Wake Forest, which won the ACC championship last month, has never won an NCAA title in women’s golf. 130 words, will be updated.


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