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

July 24, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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WASHINGTON — The government announced a $12 billion plan Tuesday to assist farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and other trading partners. The plan focuses on Midwest soybean producers and others targeted by retaliatory measures. By Ken Thomas and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 370 words, with photos.



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday said she’s working on legislation to address safety concerns after 17 people died last week when a duck boat sank in southwestern Missouri. Nine of the people who died belonged to one Indiana family. Others killed came from Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. By Summer Ballentine. UPCOMING: 350 words, with photos.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A judge has ruled that Arkansas officials acted properly in suspending Medicaid payments to a Missouri-based behavioral health provider. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Administrative Law Judge Vicki Pickering upheld the suspension by Arkansas Medicaid Inspector General Elizabeth Smith on Monday. 250 words.


— OIL SPILL-ARKANSAS-LAWSUIT — Two companies could be liable for fines related to a 2013 oil spill that dumped nearly 6,000 barrels of crude oil in southwestern Arkansas.

— CRAYFISH SEIZED — Michigan officials say more than 2,000 pounds of live crayfish have been seized from a truck at the border between the U.S. and Canada with part of the load coming from Arkansas. With photo


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