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

March 4, 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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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-BILL CLINTON

WASHINGTON _ Nearly 20 years after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still sought for advice by some Democrats running for president. But the names on the Arkansas native’s dance card in recent months underscore how much his standing in the party has changed. So far, no early front-runners has had a formal meeting with Clinton. Nor have women running in the historically diverse primary field. Clinton has spoken mostly with male candidates considered longshots for the nomination, including Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former Housing secretary Julian Castro of Texas and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney. By Julie Pace. SENT: 1,080 words, with photo.

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

XGR--ARKANSAS HIGHWAYS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ The Arkansas House on Monday takes up a $300 million highway plan that includes tax increases and a proposal to tap into expected casino revenue. By Andrew DeMillo. 300 words.

XGR--UNDERGROUND DUMP FIRE-FUNDING

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ State senators will decide whether to appropriate $20 million in emergency funds to clean up a northwest Arkansas underground dump fire. By Hannah Grabenstein. On merits.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

BENTONVILLE AIRPORT-GEESE

BENTONVILLE, Ark. _ Officials are mulling how to deter geese from flocking to Bentonville Municipal Airport every spring. A group promoting awareness of the issue says wildlife strikes cost an estimated $900 million annually to U.S. civil and military aircraft. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that council members and airport officials last Tuesday discussed using noise and lasers to scare the birds, or killing the birds if those methods don’t succeed. 250 words, pursuing photos.

OF NOTE:

OBIT-DeCAMPLE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Matt DeCample, a former television reporter who later served as spokesman for Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, has died after battling a rare form of cancer. He was 44. DeCample was a native of Renton, Washington, who came to Arkansas to work for Little Rock station KATV. Nick Genty, the station’s news director, says DeCample died Sunday after a nearly three-year battle with an aggressive, rare form of liver cancer. DeCample, who did improvisational comedy on the side, blogged about his battle with cancer and used the header: “Fighting cancer with writing and bad jokes. Also using modern medicine.” SENT: 190 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS _ An Arkansas lawmaker has proposed expanding the state’s secrecy surrounding its execution drugs to prevent officials from releasing any information that would “directly or indirectly” identify makers and suppliers of its lethal injection drugs.

_ XGR--ARKANSAS-REVENUE _ Arkansas’ finance office says the federal government shutdown is partly to blame after the state’s revenue fell below forecast last month.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--JACKSON ST-ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

Jackson State plays Arkansas-Pine Bluff at H.O. Clemmons Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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