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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR

May 16, 2019 GMT


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 19, and thereafter:


ALMA, Ark. _ Jerry Valentine graduated from Alma High School in 1975 — a standout athlete, well-mannered, respectful teenager with high aspirations. Jerry Valentine was good at baseball, too. But he had enough smarts to know the St. Louis Cardinals wouldn’t be calling him one day. But a superintendent might. Three years earlier, a spry Valentine pounced into the coach’s office shared by John Grant, his former basketball coach, with a piece of paper proclaiming him to be a recent college graduate. Valentine was ready to go to work. By Kevin Taylor, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1836 words.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A longtime math teacher who switched to computer science three years ago recently won Arkansas’ inaugural Computer Science Educator of the Year Award. Gov. Asa Hutchinson gave the recognition to Lake Hamilton High School teacher Karma Turner at a ceremony in the governor’s conference room. Turner was chosen from a pool of 30 candidates that a team of education and computer science experts narrowed by considering each candidate’s understanding of the value of computer science education, instruction quality and impact on computer science education locally, statewide and nationally. The 24-year educator switched from teaching math to computer science in 2016 after the governor began implementing his initiative to expand that type of education in Arkansas. The switch, Turner said, has rejuvenated her passion for teaching. By Hunter Field, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 603 words.


FOR USE Monday, May 20, and thereafter:


FORT SMITH, Ark. _ She may search cars for drugs, but deep down, Hype is just like any other dog — eager to have her tummy rubbed or to play with her squeaky tennis ball. Hype, a pitbull mix, joined the Barling Police Department’s drug seizure operations in February after she was trained in Texas by Sector K-9, an organization that prepares dogs to search for illegal substances in a law enforcement capacity. According to Sector K-9 Owner Wes Keeling, the impact dogs like Hype have in their communities far exceeds taking drugs off the streets. By Max Bryan, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 627 words.



FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ A school program that emphasizes critical thinking and creative problem-solving is expanding across Northwest Arkansas and the rest of the state. EAST, which stands for education accelerated by service and technology, allows students to do projects that benefit their community. An EAST classroom is equipped with the latest technology, from cameras and computers to software for things such as 3-D animation and computer-aided design. Students learn to use the hardware and software as they do their projects, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. By Dave Perozek, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 940 words.

^The AP, Little Rock