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

December 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

ABORTION RESTRICTIONS-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas’ predominantly Republican Legislature is preparing to take up new abortion restrictions when lawmakers convene next month, even as the state’s past efforts to restrict the procedure remain caught up in legal fights. A GOP lawmaker has filed legislation banning abortions because of a Down Syndrome diagnosis and requiring that abortion facilities report complications to the state, while anti-abortion groups say they’re talking with legislators about several other new restrictions. By Andrew DeMillo. 500 words.

OF NOTE:

CHINA-US TRADE-SOYBEANS

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The resumption of soybean sales to China is encouraging to American farmers who’ve seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world’s second-largest economy. But producers see it only as a small step toward normalcy as they continue monitoring the unsettled trade relations between the countries and call for more federal aid. By Blake Nicholson. 690 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SCHOOL BUS-CRASH _ Officials say no one was hurt when a Little Rock school bus crashed into a house.

_ KIMBERLY CLARK-ARKANSAS _ Economic development officials in Arkansas say the state tried to entice Kimberly-Clark Corp. to keep its Conway plant open but couldn’t compete with the incentives being offered by Wisconsin.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--FLORIDA ATLANTIC-ARKANSAS ST

Florida Atlantic plays Arkansas State at Convocation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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