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

March 12, 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.

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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

XGR--ARKANSAS HIGHWAYS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas’ governor has signed into law a $95 million highway funding bill that will raise fuel taxes for the first time in 20 years, setting up an election year fight over another part of the plan that will go before voters next year. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed legislation imposing a new wholesale tax on fuel that will raise gas prices by 3 cents a gallon and diesel by 6 cents. The new law also taps into at least $35 million in expected revenue from casinos and imposes an additional registration fee on electric and hybrid vehicles. By Andrew DeMillo. 350 words, with photo.

OF NOTE:

MISSISSIPPI FLOODING

ROLLING FORK, Miss. _ For decades, Peggy Sellars and her husband George have warily watched periodic floodwaters inundate the land around their home in the Mississippi Delta, but the dwelling always remained dry _ until this year. After weeks of fearful waiting, rising water finally got their house on Monday. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 890 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE-ARKANSAS _ A proposal to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives has failed before an Arkansas House panel.

_ XGR--STAND YOUR GROUND _ Arkansas’ Republican governor says he’s hesitant to change the state’s rules regarding use of deadly force in self-defense, saying he believes the current law has worked well.

_ MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT-LAWSUIT SETTLED _ The owner of a tourist boat that sank in a Missouri lake and killed 17 people has reached a settlement with relatives of two brothers who were among the victims.

_ FLARE GUN-BOY SHOT _ Authorities say criminal charges are expected after a 3-year-old boy was shot in the face with a flare gun in Helena-West Helena.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--AP ALL-SEC

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press’ Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi’s Kermit Davis is coach of the year. Williams earned unanimous first-team all-SEC honors for a second straight season. The 14-member media panel also voted Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford, Kentucky’s PJ Washington, LSU’s Tremont Waters and Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon to the first team. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 790 words, with photos.

With:

_ BKC--COACHES’ ALL-SEC TEAM

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