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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR

May 3, 2019


Wire Editors,

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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 501-225-3668:



FOR USE Sunday, May 5, and thereafter:


SPRINGDALE, Ark. _ Kayla Lester didn’t care which came first — the chicken or the egg. She used a pipette to fill vials and test for salmonella in a bird’s blood sample. Whitbeck Laboratories is just one link in the long chain of the food processing industry. Serving mostly the poultry industry, the lab employees test for everything from disease to the quality of feed, the chicken and the egg, and the products on grocery store shelves. By Laurinda Joenks, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1223 words.


BAXTER, Ark. _ Pinkston Middle School students received first-hand experience in local government this week, shadowing elected officials as part of the Student Government Day sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Mountain Home. About 80 sixth-grade students ran campaigns at Pinkston earlier this year to be elected to one of 16 city, county and judicial offices. In April, students being elected to a particular office got to spend part with their adult counterparts to learn about how that office functions. By Scott Liles, The Baxter Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 659 words.


FOR USE Monday, May 6, and thereafter:


PINE BLUFF, Ark. _ The sky’s the limit this spring at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. Actually, the entire universe is the limit in a family-focused exhibition at this hybrid Pine Bluff museum. “Sun, Earth, Universe” is the title of the visiting show, in Pine Bluff through June 29. Created by the National Informal STEM Education Network working with the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, it invites youngsters and adults to try their hand at seven interactive stations. One station lets users get a sense of how Earth is changing by comparing satellite photos taken over time to see how human-caused activities have an impact on the planet. By Jack Schnedler, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 610 words.


JONESBORO, Ark. _ Freddy, a large crow with his right wing taped to an orange splint, hopped around his cage on Jonesboro veterinarian Archie Ryan’s land. Two eagles, named Bismillah and Galileo after rock group Queen’s song “Bohemian Rhapsody,” strutted around a much larger flight cage adjacent to Freddy’s quarters. Both are recovering from injuries treated by Ryan. Two small owls, a baby screech owl named Alan and an infant horned owl named Clarice, sat in carrying cases waiting for their meals of mice. Throw in the scores of hummingbirds, raccoons, opossums, otters, hawks, herons, geese and ducks, and it all creates the typical menagerie at Ryan’s rural Jonesboro home. By Kenneth Heard, The Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 751 words.

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