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

September 17, 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.

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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL-ETHICS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Democrat running for attorney general in Arkansas is proposing increasing the fines for violating the state’s ethics laws and expanding what lobbyists must report in response to corruption probes that have involved several former lawmakers. Mike Lee on Monday released a series of proposals he says he’ll push for in the Legislature next year if he’s elected attorney general. Lee is trying to unseat Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, a Republican who was first elected to the office in 2014. By Andrew DeMillo. 350 words.

TOP STORIES:

TYSON FOODS-CEO

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Tyson Foods has announced its president and chief executive officer Tom Hayes will step down at the end of September for “personal reasons.” Tyson’s board of directors said Monday that its group president of beef, pork and international divisions Noel White will succeed Hayes. Hayes joined Tyson in 2014 with its acquisition of The Hillshire Brand Company, where he was chief supply chain officer. 230 words. Pursuing photos.

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ILLINOIS RIVER-CLEANUP

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — People who want to implement practices to improve the condition of the Illinois River can apply for about $1.4 million appropriated more than a decade ago. The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission is giving the money to the nonprofit Illinois River Watershed Partnership. The river has degraded due to what experts say was excess phosphorus commonly blamed on poultry farming and the use of poultry litter as fertilizer. 310 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ARKANSAS CASINOS — Arkansas’ chief justice has now stepped aside from hearing both challenges to a proposed ballot measure that would legalize four casinos in the state.

— JACKSONVILLE, Ark. — Authorities in central Arkansas say a police officer fatally shot a man who was holding a knife to another man’s throat.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

FBC--COACH APOLOGY

BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota State head football coach John Stiegelmeier says he regrets allowing his team to pile up 90 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. SDSU set a school record for points in its 90-6 victory Saturday night. The Jackrabbits had 926 yards of total offense — just shy of a Football Championship Subdivision record. Stiegelmeier said he should have been more respectful toward Arkansas Pine-Bluff and apologized. SENT: 100 words.

FBC--ARKANSAS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — First-year Arkansas coach Chad Morris played a pair of freshmen quarterbacks in a blowout home loss to North Texas on Saturday, yet another disappointing outing in what’s looking like another dismal season for the Razorbacks. At 1-2 and without a clear-cut win remaining on the schedule, Morris must now decide whether youth is the future at quarterback — and nearly everywhere else on the field. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

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