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

June 8, 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 at pebbles@ap.org or 800-715-7291.

Arkansas Supervisory Correspondent Kelly P. Kissel can be reached at kkissel@ap.org or 501-681-1269.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.




LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to again block an Arkansas law that restricts how abortion pills are administered, saying the restriction makes the state the first in the nation to effectively ban that form of abortion. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the state appeared before U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Friday, a little more than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the state to enforce the restriction. By Andrew DeMillo. About 500 words.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A judge has dismissed a wrongful-death suit filed by the family of an Arkansas real estate agent who was kidnapped and killed by a man who requested a home showing. 250 words



WASHINGTON — One of the most recognizable openings in television history blares on a video screen: “I’m Oprah Winfrey, and welcome to The Oprah Winfrey Show!” This moment, televised more than 30 years ago, is now part of a yearlong exhibition that opened Friday at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Among the first objects that visitors see is a yellowed pennant from the 1963 March on Washington, and the diploma of Carlotta Walls, one of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. By Beatrice Jin and Tramon Lucas. SENT: 550 words, with photos, video.


— SOLDIER’S REMAINS — The remains of soldier who grew up in Arkansas and was killed during the Korean War have been returned to his family in the U.S.

— RIG COUNT — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 1,062.




Arkansas starter Blaine Knight has beaten most all of the Southeastern Conference’s best pitchers this season while compiling an 11-0 record. The third-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles hopes to stay perfect this weekend when the Razorbacks face South Carolina in a superregional. By Kurt Voigt. UPCOMING: 500 words.


Top performance and highlights from the NCAA Tournament super regionals. Four of the best-of-three series start Friday, with the other four beginning Saturday. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.



NEW YORK — Justify appears to have rebounded well after a relatively easy Kentucky Derby victory and a hard-fought Preakness win. But the most exhausting is yet to come. He’ll run 1 1/2 miles in the Belmont Stakes with nine rivals gunning to keep him from becoming racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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