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

May 8, 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.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SPRING FLOODING

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Rain that continues to swamp the nation’s midsection forced people out of their homes Wednesday in Kansas, stranded about 60 Texas students at their school overnight and continued to strain levees along the surging Mississippi River. 300 words. By Heather Hollingsworth and Jim Salter. 340 words, with photos. Developing.

OF NOTE:

WALMART-TOBACCO SALES

NEW YORK _ Arkansas-based Walmart said Wednesday that it will raise the minimum age for tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 in all its U.S. stores in an effort to combat tobacco sales to minors. It will also stop selling solutions and pods for e-cigarettes that are flavored like fruit or desserts. The world’s largest retailer said the new rules will take effect in July, and will also include its Sam’s Club warehouse stores. By Joseph Pisani. 230 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ARKANSAS JUDGES _ Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named three people to state judge posts.

_ CANAL EXECUTION-OKLAHOMA _ The Oklahoma City Council has approved a nearly $170,000 settlement with an Arkansas man who was injured when he jumped into a canal in a downtown entertainment district to rescue another man who later died.

_ FAYETTEVILLE-FOAM CONTAINERS _ Leaders in Fayetteville are considering a measure that would prevent the city from using public money to buy disposable products made with Styrofoam.

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