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

September 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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:

ARKANSAS-CORRUPTION

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A former Arkansas lawmaker whose uncle is the state’s governor has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds on trips, groceries and other personal expenses. 265 words, photos.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

ELECTION-2018-ARKANSAS BALLOT ISSUES

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Native American tribe has contributed about $1.4 million to a ballot initiative to authorize four casinos in Arkansas. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

BUFFALO RIVER-HOG FARM — State environmental regulators have issued public notice of a draft decision that would deny a permit for a large hog farm in the Buffalo River watershed.

COPPER THEFT-RADIO STATIONS — Three Jonesboro radio stations are back on the air after copper thieves disrupted operations and damaged the transmitter building and a backup generator.

IN SPORTS:

FBC-ARKANSAS-MORRIS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek urged fans not to panic about the football team’s 1-2 start and offered support for coach Chad Morris on Monday at the Little Rock Touchdown Club. 130 words.

FBC-UNLV-ARKANSAS STATE

JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State football coach Blake Anderson says if the Red Wolves are to win a third non-conference game for the first time in a decade, they will have to stop the UNLV rushing game.

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