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

March 29, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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XGR-MEDICAID-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ An effort to keep Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion has failed in the state House, two days after a federal judge blocked a requirement that those on the program work in order to keep their coverage. By Andrew DeMillo. 500 words.

ARKANSAS CASINOS

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. _ Two racing tracks will begin operations as full casinos fewer than five months after 54 percent of voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing casino gambling. By Hannah Grabenstein. 600 words, photos.

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ABORTION RESTRICTIONS-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A judge has once again temporarily stopped Arkansas regulators from enforcing billing restrictions on three abortion-providing clinics. 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

ARKANSAS-APME AWARDS _ The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock and the El Dorado-News Times have won general excellence awards from the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors group.

ARKANSAS-TRUCK EXPLOSION _ The Arkansas Department of Transportation has repaired and reopened a stretch of highway that was heavily damaged by a truck explosion earlier this week.

DE QUEEN HOSPITAL-RECEIVERSHIP _ A judge has appointed a temporary receiver to take control of a southwest Arkansas hospital.

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