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

November 28, 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.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

DELTA QUEEN

ST. LOUIS — The storied Delta Queen riverboat appears headed for a return to cruising after a decade of forced retirement. The U.S. House late Tuesday approved the Coast Guard Authorization Bill, which includes language reinstating an exemption allowing the Delta Queen to return to service for the first time since 2008. The last remaining hurdle is the signature of President Donald Trump. The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. said the 285-foot-long (87-meter-long) vessel, immortalized in poems and songs, will undergo an extensive renovation before beginning themed voyages on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, Kanawha and Arkansas rivers in 2020. By Jim Salter. SENT: 370 words, with photo.

OF NOTE:

CASINO CLOSING

JACKSON, Miss. — A company is closing a second casino in Mississippi’s Tunica County, citing decreasing revenues. Caesars Entertainment of Las Vegas announced Tuesday that it will close the Tunica Roadhouse Casino at January’s end. Caesars will keep open the 135-room hotel attached to Tunica Roadhouse, operating it with its neighboring Horseshoe Tunica hotel and casino. Revenues have declined for years at Tunica County’s eight casinos, partly because of increased gambling competition in Arkansas and other states. Arkansas voters this month approved a referendum allowing four full-fledged casinos, including one in nearby West Memphis. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

— MEDICAID FRAUD-ARKANSAS — A Missouri health care provider involved in a federal corruption investigation is being sued in Arkansas for the return of any illegally received Arkansas taxpayer money.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

COLLEGE/WOMEN:

BKW--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — No. 6 Mississippi State visits Arkansas-Little Rock in a non-conference game. The Bulldogs have averaged 106 points in their last four wins. UPCOMING: 500 words. 6:30 p.m. CT tipoff.

COLLEGE/MEN:

BKC--ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK-CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Arkansas-Little Rock plays Central Arkansas at Farris Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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FOOTBALL:

FBC--ARKANSAS STATE-ARIZONA BOWL

JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State University is headed to the Arizona Bowl. The school announced Tuesday it will be the Sun Belt Conference’s representative in the Dec. 29 game at Arizona Stadium in Tucson. It will be the Red Wolves’ eighth straight bowl appearance. The Red Wolves (8-4) will face a representative from the Mountain West Conference that’s expected to be announced Sunday. SENT: 100 words.

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