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

February 12, 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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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

XGR--TAX CUTS-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A $97 million proposal to cut Arkansas’ top income tax rate is heading toward its final vote in the Legislature, but House leaders say they’re unsure whether it has enough votes to pass. The House Revenue and Tax Committee on Tuesday voted 15-2 in favor of Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s proposal, which would cut the state’s top income tax rate from 6.9 percent to 5.9 percent. The Senate approved the tax cut plan last week. By Andrew DeMillo. 400 words, with photos.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER-RENOVATION

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ The Arkansas Arts Center will temporarily move its headquarters to a vacant grocery store as the museum embarks on a nearly $100 million revamp. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

SCI--CLIMATE-CITIES

WASHINGTON _ The climate in New York City in 60 years could feel like Arkansas now. Chicago could seem like Kansas City and San Francisco could get a Southern California climate if global warming pollution continues at the current pace, a new study finds. In 2080, North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh, could feel more like Florida’s capital, Tallahassee, while the nation’s capital will have a climate more akin to just north of the Mississippi Delta, if the globe stays on its current carbon pollution trend. Miami might as well be southern Mexico and the beautiful mornings in future Des Moines, Iowa, could feel like they are straight out of Oklahoma. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 520 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ WASHINGTON COUNTY-JAIL _ Leaders in Washington County have delayed action on a plan to expand the county jail, saying they should first consider other alternatives.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--ARKANSAS-MISSOURI

COLUMBIA, Mo. _ Arkansas plays Missouri at Mizzou Arena. By Charlie Clarke. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. CST.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ The Southeastern and Big Ten conferences have a series of matchups with ranked teams that will have a big impact atop the league standings. Those games include No. 1 Tennessee’s trip to No. 5 Kentucky as the headliner on the week’s AP Top 25 schedule as well as No. 11 Michigan State’s visit to No. 20 Wisconsin. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 675 words and photos.

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