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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR

March 21, 2019


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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 501-225-3668:



FOR USE Sunday, March 24 and thereafter:


TEXARKANA, Ark. _ Arkansas has seven certified bomb squads regionally located throughout the state with the ability to respond anywhere within the state or nation, an official said. The state’s certified bomb squads are in El Dorado, Bentonville, Fort Smith, Conway, Little Rock and Jonesboro, said Melody Daniel, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management public information officer. The Jonesboro area’s certified bomb squad is a joint effort between area’s public safety agencies and Arkansas State Police, Daniel said. By Christy Busby, Texarkana Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 341 words.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ A new food company with ties to Northwest Arkansas said it wants to set itself apart by changing the chicken farming system and raising a better bird. Matthew Wadiak, who helped found the meal-kit delivery service Blue Apron, said he plans to improve the poultry system by producing heirloom, pasture-raised, slow-grow birds in the Ozarks. The system will also aim to mitigate climate change through its farm practices, he said. The company, Cooks Venture, is marketing itself as a food firm rooted in “regenerative agriculture and transparency.” By Nathan Owens, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 857 words.


FOR USE Monday, March 18, and thereafter:


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ As Arkansas legislators moved to open up Arkansas’ solar energy landscape with a new law, a national trade group noted recently that the state had its biggest year of solar installation ever in 2018. Arkansas added the 18th most solar projects among the 50 states last year, adding 118 megawatts of solar generation, according to GMT Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s latest market report. Nationwide, the number of solar projects was up a modest 2 percent, but the market has been surging in early 2019. By Kyle Massey, Arkansas Business. SENT IN ADVANCE: 814 words.


MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. _ The true-crime podcast investigating the unsolved murder of Rebekah Gould will return for a second season later this year, the podcast’s author said. Catherine Townsend, a true-crime author, licensed private investigator and host of the “Hell and Gone” podcast focusing on Gould’s murder, said the series will return with new episodes in late May or June. Rebekah Gould was last seen alive the morning of Sept. 20, 2004, at a Melbourne convenience store. By Scott Liles, The Baxter Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 876 words.

^The AP, Little Rock