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

January 11, 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:

ARKANSAS LEGISLATURE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas’ governor and legislative leaders say they don’t expect another funding fight over the future of the state’s Medicaid expansion, even if a federal judge blocks the state from enforcing a work requirement on the program. The comments came Friday during a forum in Little Rock hosted by The Associated Press and the Arkansas Press Association. By Andrew DeMillo. 500 words, with photos.

ARKANSAS CORRUPTION

LITTLE ROCK, Ark._ A former Arkansas lawmaker has been charged with conspiracy in an alleged bribery scheme with an ex-judge who admitted to lowering a jury’s judgment in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for campaign contributions. 500 words.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

CORRECTIONS BOARD-DIRECTOR

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ The interim director of Arkansas’ parole agency has been selected to officially lead the department. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Board of Corrections on Thursday unanimously named Kevin Murphy as director of Arkansas Community Correction. The department oversees more than 60,000 parolees and probationers. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ HEPATITIS-JONESBORO _ The Arkansas Department of Health says another case of hepatitis A has been found in northeast Arkansas.

_ MAYOR RESIGNS _ The mayor of a small northwest Arkansas town has resigned after his residency was questioned.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

_ BKC--SEC THIS WEEK. By Steve Megargee and David Brandt. SENT: 550 words, with photos.

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