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

December 24, 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 aparkansas@ap.org or 1-800-715-7291.

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Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Arkansas-based Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with advocates and influential leaders in the black community. The Walton family, as the leading supporters of America’s charter school movement, is spreading its financial support to prominent and like-minded black leaders, from grassroots groups focused on education to mainstream national organizations such as the United Negro College Fund and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, according to an Associated Press analysis of tax filings and non-profit grants data. By Sally Ho. SENT: 940 words, with photos, graphic.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Last-minute lobbying by U.S. Sen. John Boozman led to the Senate passing a bill that aims to expand an area of natural public land in Arkansas, despite a partial government shutdown. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that senators approved the Flatside Wilderness Enhancement Act on Saturday and it now awaits a signature by President Donald Trump. 250 words.


_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER _ Officials say the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas will remain accessible during the partial government shutdown, but services will be limited.

_ PINE BLUFF-TEEN SHOT _ Police in Pine Bluff say a 14-year-old boy remains in critical condition after he was shot while unlocking the front door of his grandmother’s home.


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