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

January 8, 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 at pebbles@ap.org or 800-715-7291.

Arkansas News Editor Kelly P. Kissel can be reached at kkissel@ap.org or 501-681-1269.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences said Monday that it can no longer depend on its reserves to pull it through budget shortfalls and was laying off 258 people, including some doctors and faculty members, to address a $30 million hole in its $1.5 billion budget. Another 350 jobs will remain unfilled. By Kelly P. Kissel. SENT: 290 words.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Operators of a hog farm in northern Arkansas are unclear when they’ll learn the outcome of their request for a new permit for their concentrated animal feeding operation. C&H Hog Farms applied in April 2016 for a permit on liquid animal waste systems for the farm near Mount Judea. The farm has been operating on an indefinite extension of its expired permit. 320 words.


— NEW PLANT HYBRID — Botanists have identified a new variety of the thoroughwort plant in southern Arkansas.

— ARKANSAS STATE-INNOVATION CENTER — An innovation center at Arkansas State has only one employee — its director — after six months in operation, but has been able to help more than a dozen people work on patents and prototypes for their products.


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