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

March 15, 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.

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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

XGR--ABORTION RESTRICTIONS-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas’ Republican governor has signed into law a measure banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy, enacting one of the strictest prohibitions in the country. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed the measure, which includes exceptions for rape, incest and medical emergencies. Arkansas already bans abortion 20 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy. SENT: 130 words. A longer version is not planned.

Also:

_ XGR--ABORTION REVERSAL _North Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature has approved a bill that would require abortion providers to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions that they could still have a live birth if they change their mind. Senators approved the so-called “abortion reversal” legislation on Friday. The House approved the measure in January. SENT: 130 words.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

HEALTH MARKETPLACE-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas’ health insurance marketplace is now under the control of the state Insurance Department, after Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation that abolishes the agency as a separate entity. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MEDICAID-ARKANSAS _ More than 6,400 people on Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion will lose coverage next month if they don’t comply with a work requirement.

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-ARKANSAS _ A third medical marijuana cultivation facility has been approved to start growing, leaving just two facilities waiting for state inspection.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-ARKANSAS _ A prosecutor says no charges will be filed against West Memphis police officers who fatally shot two people from South Carolina during a traffic stop in January.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--T25-SEC-FLORIDA-LSU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Ninth-ranked LSU, the Southeastern Conference’s regular season champ, opens the tournament Friday with coach Will Wade still suspended and playing Florida, which could use another victory to improve the Gators’ NCAA Tournament bid. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BKC--T25-SEC-SOUTH CAROLINA-AUBURN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - No. 22 Auburn, the fifth seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, has a quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 seed South Carolina. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts around 2:30 p.m. CDT.

BKC--T25-SEC-MISSISSIPPI-KENTUCKY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The fourth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats start their quest for a fifth straight Southeastern Conference Tournament title Friday night playing Mississippi. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CDT.

BKC--T25-SEC-MISSISSIPPI STATE-TENNESSEE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 8 Tennessee is the third seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament and faces sixth-seeded Mississippi State in a quarterfinal matchup. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts around 8:30 p.m. CDT.

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