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

December 15, 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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MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. _ The Baxter County Quorum Court recently recognized four of its justices of the peace that were attending their final meeting as county officials. County Judge Mickey Pendergrass presented plaques on Dec. 4 to justices Rick Steiner, Bill Lucas, Marilyn Williamson and Neal Pendergrass, whose terms all expire on Dec. 31. By Scott Liles.


JONESBORO, Ark. _ For three area groups, a recent Saturday brought an opportunity to meet with friends to do battle with swords and shields in a form of live action role-playing at Craighead Forest Park. Some two dozen participants met in combat in an open field at the park. The participants included males and females over 18 years of age, dressed in a variety of costumes and armor reminiscent of the Middle Ages or the Renaissance wielding swords, shields and other devices in a form of unscripted battle game, where participants can match their skills against others. By William B. Carroll.


PAPER MILL-AIR QUALITY _ An Arkansas paper mill would pay a $600,000 fine and spend about $4.7 million on environmental projects and plant upgrades to reduce air pollution under terms of a proposed settlement.

PROPERTY FUND THEFT _ Auditors say online thieves have stolen about $40,000 from Arkansas’ unclaimed property fund.

MISSING COUPLE-ARKANSAS _ A lake in northwestern Arkansas will be drained in an effort to find a couple that has been missing since a Nov. 30 flash flood.



NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ UTSA plays Arkansas at Verizon Arena. By Andrew Epperson.


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