The AP expects to move these stories over the weekend for Arkansas members:
For Sunday use:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and state House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman won office three years ago riding an anti-Obama wave, with both vowing to kill the president’s signature health care law. Now that they’re both seeking a south Arkansas congressional seat, the two rivals are clashing over who hates the health overhaul more. By Andrew DeMillo.
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EXCHANGE-SLOWING SHALE ECONOMY
SEARCY, Ark. — In 2009, Gary Patel’s Super 8 motel in Searcy generated more than $1 million in revenue. But this year, he said he’ll be lucky to even reach half of that. Patel, who owns three hotels in the city, is one of many business owners who have seen revenue decline in recent years as natural gas drilling in the state has tapered off. By Jessica Seaman.
JONESBORO, Ark. — Eleven-year-old Cameron Jones of Jonesboro spent part of his doctor’s visit telling his physician he was not actually 39. “I’m not old,” the Jonesboro resident exclaimed while discussing the visit. His mother, Susan Jones, said the lighthearted discussion with Dr. Stephen Bates, who jokingly suggested that Cameron was nearly 40, kept the boy from focusing on the task at hand — a nurse preparing him for an electroencephalogram (EEG) test. By Sarah Morris.
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FORT SMITH, Ark. — For the past three years, Marine veteran Lance Robinson has been walking the country, meeting, thanking, and raising awareness of the sacrifices of those who serve their nation and their communities. Robinson, who served from 1974-78, has been traveling the U.S. collecting state and local government proclamations declaring Sept. 10 Brother-to-Brother Day, a vision that has driven him since his journey started that same day in 2010. By Rachel Rodemann.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The end of summer is fast approaching, and the surrounding lakes are seeing an associated slowdown in visitation after an active tourist season, but officials say plenty of pleasant days are still ahead. The dog days of summer follow a season of unusually cool temperatures and plenty of rain that brought a steady stream of recreation to the area, officials say. By Beth Bright.
The AP — Little Rock