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

January 30, 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.

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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

TAX CUTS-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Arkansas’ governor and legislative leaders unveil a reworked plan to cut income taxes. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has proposed cutting the top rate, but has had to revise his proposal after finance officials said it would raise taxes for some residents. Details were being released Wednesday. By Andrew DeMillo. 400 words.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

HEALTH MARKETPLACE-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A former lawmaker who opposed the creation of Arkansas’ health insurance exchange has been hired as the interim director of the state agency that oversees the marketplace. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that one of Nate Bell’s first moves as the head of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace was to urge members of a legislative committee to delay approving a bill that would fold the agency into the state Department of Insurance. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

CHICKEN NUGGETS-RECALL

WASHINGTON _ Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is recalling some chicken nuggets after customers said they found pieces of “soft, blue rubber” inside. The U.S. Agriculture Department said the 5-pound bags should be thrown away or returned. The agency says there are no confirmed reports of anyone getting sick from the rubber. The recall is for more than 36,000 pounds of nuggets, which Tyson said were shipped to Arizona, California, Illinois, New Jersey and Utah. 210 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ FLU-ARKANSAS SCHOOL CLOSED _ A southwest Arkansas school district has closed for the week because of a flu outbreak.

_ XGR--SAFE HAVEN-ARKANSAS _ An Arkansas legislative panel has endorsed a proposal to expand the state’s law allowing people to anonymously surrender a newborn without fear of criminal prosecution.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--CENTRAL ARKANSAS-STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Central Arkansas plays Stephen F. Austin at William R. Johnson Coliseum. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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