BC-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR
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 at email@example.com or 800-715-7291.
Arkansas Supervisory Correspondent Kelly P. Kissel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-681-1269.
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EXCHANGE-LONE WIND TURBINE
PRAIRIE GROVE, Ark. — The 100-foot wind turbine near the western edge of town stands as a guidepost, elaborate bird perch and lonely symbol of a renewable energy industry that just can’t seem to take root in Arkansas. It’s one of the only turbines in the state, more than 100 miles from the closest wind farm in Oklahoma, according to the U.S. Wind Turbine Database. By Dan Holtmeyer, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 708 words.
JONESBORO, Ark. — An $828,748 federal grant will pay for a mobile medical clinic aimed at delivering health care to rural areas of the Delta region, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University administrators said recently. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Delta Healthcare Service Grant will help the medical school buy a 40-foot long vehicle fitted with two examination rooms, an intake area and telemedicine capabilities. Medical students will travel to seven northeast Arkansas cities to provide free medical screenings, evaluations and referrals to other doctors. By Kenneth Heard, Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 573 words.
—LITTLE ROCK POLICE-BEARDS — Little Rock’s police chief is considering a change in the department’s grooming policies so male officers can have more facial hair.
—POOL CLOSED— A half-century-old swimming pool that anchors a northwest Arkansas state park is being closed all summer because of safety concerns.
—ARKANSAS STORMS — At least one person has been hurt as strong storms have pounded areas of eastern Arkansas.
BBC-NCAA-SOUTHERN MISS-DALLAS BAPTIST
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Southern Miss and Dallas Baptist meet in an elimination game at the Fayetteville Regional. The winner meets host Arkansas in the regional final. Game starts 3 p.m., with regional final at 8 p.m.
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