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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Advisory, AR

February 6, 2015

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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend.

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ARKANSAS PERSPECTIVE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas lawmakers made quick work of the two biggest issues facing them this year by approving a $102 million tax cut and keeping the state’s compromise Medicaid expansion alive another year. But that doesn’t guarantee smooth sailing for the remainder of a legislative session that it once seemed would be dominated by those issues. Questions about the future of the state’s lottery, prison overcrowding and a potential renewed push for additional tax cuts could complicate legislative leaders’ efforts for a relatively drama-free ending to this year’s session. By Andrew DeMillo.

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ARKANSAS LEGISLATURE-GUN BILLS

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Republicans are hopeful that pro-gun measures such as a “stand your ground” law and allowing firearms onto college campuses will be widely accepted by a GOP-dominated Legislature and a governor with strong ties to the National Rifle Association. By Allen Reed.

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EXCHANGE: WIND FARM, HFR. EDS: FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015, AT 1:01 A.M. CST..

ELM SPRINGS, Ark. — Plans to build Arkansas’ first wind farm have sparked interest and excitement in town and across the state, though some wind power experts cautioned against overselling the project. Representatives of Dragonfly Industries International, a Texas wind energy company, told city officials last month they hope to build dozens of turbines on more than 300 acres of rural land about a mile west of Elm Springs at a cost of at least $100 million, according to City Council and Planning Commission minutes. Power could flow to tens of thousands of homes with the farm’s expected capacity of 80 megawatts. By Dan Holtmeyer.

EXCHANGE: CRICKET PLAYING COUSINS, HFR. EDS: FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015, AT 1:01 A.M. CST..

JONESBORO, Ark. — Only 16 young men from around the United States were chosen recently to compete on the United States Cricket Association’s Under 17 touring team in India. Two of them are from right here in Jonesboro. By Cory Clark.

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EXCHANGE-CORONER RETIRES, HFR. EDS: FOR RELEASE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2015, AT 1:01 A.M. CST..

TEXARKANA, Ark. — After serving 28 years as Miller County coroner, Eddie Hawkins respects death. Death had Hawkins on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week until Dec. 31 when he retired. By Jim Williamson.

EXCHANGE: TEEN FIGHTS ON, HFR. EDS: FOR RELEASE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2015, AT 1:01 A.M. CST..

LONDON, Ark. — Wyatt Mosher and his brother Colte are serious about raising cattle. While many young men their age may be into sports, video games or other activities, the Mosher brothers — Wyatt is 17, and Colte is 15 — are into raising and showing Limousin cattle. They have shown their cattle at the Pope County Fair, the Arkansas State Fair and at national competitions for several years, bringing home their fair share of plaques and ribbons. By Carol Rolf.

The AP — Little Rock

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