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

February 5, 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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TAX CUTS-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ The Arkansas Senate is taking up Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s proposal to cut the state’s top income tax rate. By Andrew DeMillo. 300 words.

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ARKANSAS STATE-FREE SPEECH

JONESBORO, Ark. _ Arkansas State University attorneys want a freedom of speech lawsuit against the university to be delayed, citing a bill legislators are considering that regulates university speech. University legal counsel Delena Hurst tells The Jonesboro Sun that she requested the delay because the Forum Act significantly affects the issues in the lawsuit. The bill defines freedom of speech on campuses and seeks to standardize enforcement. 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--TEACHER SALARIES-ARKANSAS _ An Arkansas House panel has endorsed a proposal to raise minimum teacher salaries in the state by $4,000 over the next four years.

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-ARKANSAS _ The 32 businesses that an Arkansas panel approved to sell medical marijuana in the state have been formally awarded their licenses.

_ UNIVERSITY-STUDENT STRUCK _ Authorities say an 18-year-old student at the University of Arkansas has died, two days after she was struck by a car driven by a 17-year-old girl who was cited for using a cellphone while driving.

IN SPORTS:

BASKETBALL:

BKC--VANDERBILT-ARKANSAS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Arkansas looks to stretch its winning streak to four games hosting Vanderbilt at Bud Walton Arena. The Commodores have lost nine straight. By Chip Souza. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 8 p.m. CST.

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