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

January 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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COURT INTERPRETERS-MARSHALLESE

BENTONVILLE, Ark. _ Arkansas court officials are looking for Marshallese language interpreters because a lack of qualified interpreters has courts turning to out-of-state help over the phone or video. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Arkansas Administrative Office of Courts Interpreter Services is holding an orientation Friday and Saturday with the goal of finding Marshallese interpreters. 290 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--ARKANSAS LEGISLATURE _ Arkansas lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for the second week of the legislative session and plan to begin discussing the governor’s plan to reorganize state agencies.

_ OBIT-MAXINE BROWN RUSSELL _ Maxine Brown Russell, who together with her brother Jim Ed Brown and sister Bonnie Brown formed the country trio The Browns, has died. She was 87 and died Monday in hospice care in Little Rock, Arkansas. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 120 words. A longer version is not planned.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--STRUGGLING ARKANSAS

OXFORD, Miss. _ Arkansas basketball’s steady climb to national relevance has hit a snag in coach Mike Anderson’s eighth season. The Razorbacks have lost four straight going into Wednesday’s game against Missouri and they’re quickly falling behind in the SEC standings. By David Brandt. 590 words, with photos.

FOOTBALL:

NFL:

FBN--McFADDEN-DWI CHARGE

DALLAS _ Former Dallas Cowboy Darren McFadden has posted bond after authorities say he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge when he fell asleep in the drive-through lane at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Dallas. Court records show the 31-year-old former Arkansas standout was charged with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest after being found early Monday at a Whataburger fast-food restaurant in McKinney. SENT: 130 words, with photo. Moving on news & sports lines.

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-DEFENSIVE LINE COACH

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina has hired former NFL assistant John Scott Jr. as its defensive line coach. The school announced the hire Tuesday after his one-year, $435,000 contract was approved by trustees. Scott takes over for Lance Thompson, who was let go by the Gamecocks after three seasons. Scott spent two seasons on the defensive staff of the New York jets in 2015-16. Scott was with Arkansas the last two years. SENT: 120 words.

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