AP-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The number of people kicked off of Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion for not working has grown to 12,000, officials said Thursday, with another 6,000 at risk of losing coverage by the end of this month. The requirement is the subject of a federal lawsuit and has drawn criticism from health advocates. By Andrew DeMillo. 400 words.
NEW YORK — One of the first big storms of the season moved across the eastern half of the country Thursday, causing deadly traffic crashes and closing schools as it dropped snow as far south as central Alabama. As much as 8 inches of snow blanketed the St. Louis area. In Mississippi, a tour bus bound for a casino overturned, killing two people and injuring 44 others. And in the Little Rock, Arkansas, area, three people were killed in separate crashes on icy roads Wednesday night, while Interstate 40 was shut down overnight in the eastern part of the state because of several crashes. The interstate reopened shortly before daybreak Thursday. 470 words, with photos.
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ILLINOIS RIVER AGREEMENT
OKLAHOMA CITY — Conservation groups are expressing disappointment with an agreement between Oklahoma and Arkansas officials to study ways to improve water quality in the Illinois River watershed. Sierra Club Vice-Chairman Mark Derichsweiler said in a statement that both states have had plans in place for years to reduce pollution of the watershed and that a new plan will not lead to compliance. By Ken Miller. 350 words.
NEW YORK — Arkansas-based Walmart, armed with grocery and other online services, is proving it can do battle with Amazon. The world’s largest retailer delivered strong third-quarter results Thursday, extending a streak of sales growth into its 11th straight quarter that showed it’s pulling shoppers online and in the store. It also raised profit expectations for the year heading into the holiday shopping season. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 940 words, with photos.
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TULSA, Okla. — Bass Pro Shops has reached out to the Cherokee Nation after a photo of a Trail of Tears rifle at an Arkansas store caused social media users to call for a boycott of the business. Bass Pro Shops Communications Director Jack Wlezien tells The Tulsa World that the 1978 Winchester rifle commemorating the Trail of Tears was acquired from a trade-in. He says it’s not part of the store’s standard stock and has been removed from the sales floor. 250 words.
— ARKANSAS DEPUTY-SHOOTOUT — Police in Arkansas say no one was seriously hurt when a man opened fire on an officer during a traffic stop. With video.
— LITTLE ROCK SHOOTING-PLEA — A Tennessee rapper no longer wants to withdraw his guilty plea from a weapons charge that was filed after he was arrested with a gun following a shooting at a Little Rock nightclub that left 25 people injured last year. With photo.
FBC--ARKANSA STATE-MIAMI LAWSUIT
JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State University and the University of Miami have settled a lawsuit over a football game that was canceled last year because of concerns about Hurricane Irma. The settlement announced Wednesday calls for Miami to pay ASU $400,000 for canceling the September 2017 game in Jonesboro. 130 words.
WACO, Texas — Jalen Hurd made a thoughtful decision to become a receiver for one season at Baylor after being one of the top running backs in the SEC. After about 21 months without playing a game, Hurd’s transfer from Tennessee and transition to primarily catching the ball seem to be working out with the Bears. The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Hurd is fourth in the Big 12 with 6.2 catches per game for Baylor (5-5), which can get bowl eligible with a win in its home finale Saturday against TCU. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 750 words, with photos.
— FBC--SEC THIS WEEK. SENT: 640 words, with photos.
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh (3-0) looks to stay unbeaten under first-year coach Jeff Capel when the Panthers host Central Arkansas on Thursday. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.
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