AP-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR
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FLOODING STUDY-BLACK RIVER
POCAHONTAS, Ark. — The Army Corps of Engineers is working with northeastern Arkansas officials to study how to prevent catastrophic floods from the rising Black River. The Jonesboro Sun reports that Corps officials recently met with Randolph County and Pocahontas city leaders to discuss plans to lessen the impact of flooding when the Black River breaches or overtops a levee system east of Pocahontas.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Missouri woman charged with murder in the road-rage death of another motorist previously worked as a nurse in Arkansas until her license was suspended for stealing prescription painkillers. Elizabeth McKeown, 46, is jailed without bond after pleading not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Nov. 20 death of 57-year-old Barbara Foster, the Springfield News-Leader reports. No attorney is listed for her in online court records.
ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS-JUDGE — Attorneys for an Arkansas judge say they’re asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the judge’s complaints against members of the state Supreme Court.
HOUSE FIRE-CHILD DIES — A trial date has been set for a Logan County man charged with killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.
FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS-POSTPONED — The threat of severe weather has led the Arkansas Activities Association to postpone all high school football playoff games. The association says the 2A, 3A and 4A semifinal games scheduled for Friday will be played starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. The 5A championship game set for Friday night in Little Rock is now scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Sunday.
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