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

September 20, 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.

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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

VOTER ID-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas attorney says the state’s highest court should strike down a law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, calling the measure an attempt to circumvent the court’s 2014 ruling against a nearly identical voter ID requirement. The Arkansas Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday. By Andrew DeMillo. 400 words.

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STADIUM SECURITY-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — More than $60,000 will be spent on upgrading security at a Little Rock stadium after thousands of attendees fled the stands during a high school football game amid false rumors of gunfire. Gov. Asa Hutchinson recently authorized the discretionary funds to install 18 metal detectors at the War Memorial Stadium, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. SENT: 230 words.

IN BRIEF:

— HIGH SCHOOL-ATTEMPTED SLAYING — Police in central Arkansas say an 18-year-old high school student has been arrested for trying to kill a classmate in the parking lot of Bryant High School.

— CHEROKEE-VACANT PLANT— A long-closed meat processing plant in northwest Iowa has been sold, and its new owners hope to start production in January at the facility once owned by Arkansas-based Tyson Foods.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 22 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama. Top-ranked Alabama is a 27-point favorite in Tuscaloosa, but there’s legitimate reason to believe this game could be competitive. Texas A&M played a very good game against then-No. 2 Clemson on Sept. 8 before losing 28-26 in College Station. That game served notice that new coach Jimbo Fisher could have the Aggies among the top SEC teams sooner rather than later. SENT: 530 words, with photos.

FBC--TENNESSEE-SEEKING TAKEAWAYS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt knows what the statistics say about his defense. He just doesn’t agree with them. The stats suggest Tennessee’s defense has improved quite a bit the last couple of weeks and heads into Southeastern Conference competition with momentum. Pruitt is focused on a different stat: Zero, the number of takeaways the Volunteers produced last week in their first shutout of a Football Bowl Subdivision team since 2015. Tennessee need only look at game film of its upcoming opponent to see an example of that. Florida, which visits Tennessee on Saturday, has eight takeaways this season to match Arkansas for the SEC lead . By Steve Megargee. SENT: 670 words, with photos.

FBC--TROY’S TEST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Neal Brown and Troy are hoping they’ve learned their lesson. The Trojans (2-1) and their 38-year-old coach, fresh from a 24-19 road upset of Nebraska , haven’t handled the national spotlight well the past couple of seasons. After big wins, they haven’t been able to maintain that momentum. They came out flat against rival South Alabama following a stunning win over then-No. 25 LSU last season. Two years ago, the Trojans became the first Sun Belt Conference team to enter the Top 25 only to lose 35-3 to Arkansas State four days later. The win over LSU was regarded as a much bigger upset than the Nebraska game. The follow-up was ugly. By John Zenor. SENT: 560 words, with photos.

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