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

November 25, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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FROM AP MEMBERS:

EXCHANGE-DRUG TAKE BACK

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Statewide participation in the last semiannual Drug Take Back Day differed heavily across the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. Drug Take Back Day, held by the Drug Enforcement Administration in April and October each year, aims to lead people across the country to take unused prescription drugs to their nearest drop-off sites in hopes of combating opioid abuse. Arkansas during the last Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27 was 13th in the nation with 26,529 pounds of prescription drugs collected while Oklahoma was 49th with 717 pounds collected, according to DEA records. By Max Bryan, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 484 words.

EXCHANGE-SPRINGDALE-RAZING BUILDINGS

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — The number of buildings razed by the city of Springdale this year outpaced money. The 2018 budget provided $10,000 to hire contract labor. The costs so far this year are $30,425. The city has taken down four buildings this year, with two more scheduled. By Laurinda Joenks, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1383 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BUFFALO RIVER-POLLUTION — U.S. Geological Survey findings show increased pollution in the groundwater in the Buffalo River watershed.

— RADIO AD ETHICS COMPLAINT — The Arkansas Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint by the state’s Republican party that a political action committee inappropriately ran a midterm election radio ad that was called racist by both parties in a U.S. congressional race.

IN SPORTS:

— BKC-GARDNER-WEBB-ARKANSAS STATE — Gardner-Webb plays Arkansas State. Game starts at 2:30 p.m.

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