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

January 12, 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.

The Little Rock bureau is reachable at: 501-225-3668.

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TOP STORIES:

WINTER WEATHER

ST. LOUIS _ Authorities in Kansas and Missouri have reported at least five killed in crashes as a winter storm sweeps across the Midwest. The storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri and Illinois. Snow is covering roads and making driving dangerous. Up to 11 inches of snow was reported in St. Louis. SENT: 200 words. Developing.

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_ WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

ARKANSAS LEGISLATURE-HIGHWAYS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas’ Republican governor and legislative leaders say they’re hopeful they can find a highway funding solution that’s been elusive in recent years. But the two main ideas _ raising taxes or tapping into existing tax revenue _ still face significant hurdles. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, incoming Senate President Jim Hendren and House Speaker Matthew Shepherd called highway funding one of the top priorities when lawmakers convene on Monday for this year’s legislative session. So far, no plan has emerged yet on how to close the funding gap for roads. SENT: 670 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ UNIVERSITY-TREES REMOVED _ School officials say trees that were recently cut down on University of Arkansas property will be replaced as work continues to widen and upgrade a road.

WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES/SENT IN ADVANCE: For use Sunday, Jan. 13, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-ROGERS-IMPROVED ROADS

ROGERS, Ark. _ Work will soon begin to extend Pleasant Grove Road, a project that officials said will make it easier to get to the far western side of the city. The $11 million project will add about a mile to Pleasant Grove Road between Arkansas 112 and Rainbow Road to the east, engineer Lance Jobe said. A chart on the city’s website shows the project is to be completed by the end of 2020. The extension is planned for a rural area of western Rogers where subdivisions have popped up in recent years. A 2015 study by the Arkansas Department of Transportation on Arkansas 112 improvement recommends access management, which involves entry and exit points on the highway. By Alex Golden, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 392 words.

EXCHANGE-HAMILTON HOUSE

FORT SMITH, Ark. _ Jackie Hamilton is known as both a “jewel” and a “hero” to those who know her best. For decades, the founder and executive director of Hamilton House Child Safety Center in Fort Smith has worked to create a better world for children who have suffered abuse. David Saxon, president of the Hamilton House board of directors and a retired Sebastian County district judge, said Hamilton treats every child who comes through the door at Mercy Tower in Fort Smith as a member of her family. In some cases, the children do become part of her family, either temporarily or permanently. By John Lovett, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1291 words.

EXCHANGE-LEATHER ARMOR

TEXARKANA, Texas _ A ranch-style house in a bucolic neighborhood on the edge of Texarkana is an unusual place to find a man making medieval and fantasy armor, but Clint Robinson is an unusual man. The Texarkana Gazette reports tall, bald and slender, he sports a well-trimmed beard, a silver earring and an infectious smile that lights up the room when he talks about his favorite subject _ making leather armor. His pleasant, tenor voice brims with excitement as he discusses it. By Michael V. Wilson, Texarkana Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,140 words, pursuing photos.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--LSU-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ LSU plays Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit. Game starts 5 p.m. CST.

BKC--ALABAMA ST-ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

Alabama State plays Arkansas-Pine Bluff at H.O. Clemmons Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--SOUTH ALABAMA-ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK

South Alabama plays Arkansas-Little Rock at Jack Stephens Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--LAMAR-CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Lamar plays Central Arkansas at Farris Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--TROY-ARKANSAS ST

Troy plays Arkansas State at Convocation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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