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

October 10, 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.

The news editor for Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma is Kim Johnson, who can be reached at kjohnson@ap.org or (972) 991-2100.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

PUERTO RICO-POWER COMPANY

WASHINGTON — A year after losing a $300 million no-bid contract to restore Puerto Rico’s hurricane-shattered electric grid, Whitefish Energy Holdings has quietly been seeking and winning U.S. government contracts, including one in Arkansas. Founded in 2015 in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s tiny Montana hometown, Whitefish had just two employees when Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017. The company was ousted weeks later by Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority amid concerns about the slow pace of recovery and eyebrow-raising charges that included electrical linemen hired at a rate of more than $300 per hour. Records show that in June Whitefish won a $225,000 job from the Interior Department to perform electrical work at three fish hatcheries in the state of Washington. In September, the Energy Department awarded Whitefish a more than $1 million contract to build power transmission lines in Missouri and Arkansas. By Michael Biesecker. AP Photos. EDS: First moved overnight.

IN BRIEF:

SEVERE WEATHER-PLAINS — The National Weather Service in Tulsa is investigating reports of multiple tornadoes in northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas. AP Photos.

HEPATITIS-JONESBORO — The Arkansas Department of Health has warned of another possible hepatitis A exposure, the latest in an ongoing epidemic in the northeastern part of the state.

PARENTS SLAIN-ARKANSAS-OKLAHOMA — An Arkansas man suspected in the shooting deaths of his parents has been arrested in Oklahoma.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--SEC-RANKINGS TRADE-OFF

The SEC this week can celebrate having the highest number of ranked teams within a single conference at any time since almost precisely two years ago. Yet recent results have arguably reinforced the notion that the conference is top-heavy, while worsening prospects for several teams that had recently penetrated the top 10 or were on the brink of doing so. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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