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

October 1, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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FROM AP MEMBERS:

FIRE IN HOLE

MIDWAY, Ark. — County officials in northern Arkansas are still investigating the cause of a mysterious hole in the ground that flared into a 12-foot-high flame. Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that investigators have ruled out methane as the source of the flaming hole in Midway on Sept. 17. Pendergrass says farfetched suspicions, such as meteorites or the devil, have been proven unfounded as well. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

MIDWEST ECONOMY

OMAHA, Neb. — A new survey suggests the economy remains strong in nine Midwest and Plains states, but business leaders are concerned about the ongoing trade disputes. The overall economic index for the region slipped to 57.5 in September from August’s 61.1, but it remained in positive territory. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. 280 words.

With:

— MIDWEST ECONOMY-GLANCE

LOUISIANA GOLD STAR MONUMENT

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana has dedicated a monument to the families of people who died in the line of duty during military service — and the veteran who has pushed for such monuments nationwide will celebrate his 95th birthday in Louisiana. The National World War II Museum will hold a reception and celebration Tuesday for Hershel “Woody” Williams, who won the Medal of Honor as a Marine on Iwo Jima during that war. The Arkansas and West Virginia legislatures also have authorized monuments to gold star families on capital grounds. SENT: 410 words.

IN BRIEF:

— INMATE DEATH — An Arkansas state prison inmate serving time for drug convictions has died after being found unresponsive in his cell.

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