AP-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR
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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas judge has rejected an initial request to disqualify a ballot measure that would place limits on damages awarded in civil lawsuits and give the Legislature control of state court rules. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce on Tuesday rejected the motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent the state from counting any votes cast for the proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot. By Andrew DeMillo. 300 words.
MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT
INDIANAPOLIS — Members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a tourist boat sank in Missouri filed a second lawsuit Tuesday, alleging the duck boat’s owners and operators ignored design problems and warnings, and put profits over people’s safety. The federal lawsuit was filed in Missouri ahead of a news conference the Coleman family planned in Indianapolis to discuss their lives since the tragedy broke “our family tree.” By Rick Callahan. SENT: 430 words. Developing.
— MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT-THE LATEST
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BEEBE, Ark. — A city in central Arkansas is opening a police substation at a public school campus in response to recent school shootings. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Beebe Police Department will open the substation Friday. The station will be on the Beebe School District’s main campus, which includes a high school, primary school and district offices. 250 words.
— FATAL SHOOTING-PORNOGRAPHY-ARKANSAS — An Arkansas woman is jailed after being accused of fatally shooting her husband in a disagreement over pornography he’d purchased.
— PLANNED PARENTHOOD-MEDICAID — A federal judge who previously prevented Arkansas from blocking Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood says she won’t issue a new ruling requiring the state to resume sending the money to the organization.
— SUPREME COURT-ARKANSAS — A Little Rock broadcaster has filed an appeal that says its free-speech rights were violated when a judge barred it from airing ads that criticized an Arkansas Supreme Court justice.
— ROADEO COMPETITION — Employees of North Carolina’s Transportation Department who operate heavy equipment will test their safety awareness and skill level in the department’s annual “Roadeo,” with a chance to advance to a September event in Rogers, Arkansas.
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