Editors: Here is the planning digest for newspapers of Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. We welcome your questions or comments. You may reach the Arkansas News Bureau at 501 374-0699, or by fax at 501 374-0860. Cellular phone numbers for Little Rock staffers are as follows: Dennis Byrd, 501 912-3739; James Jefferson, 501 766-5342; Rob Moritz, 501 912-6397; Harry King, 501 912-0750; John Lyon, 501 786-4306.

Editors: Here is the planning digest for newspapers of Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. We welcome your questions or comments. You may reach the Arkansas News Bureau at 501 374-0699, or by fax at 501 374-0860. Cellular phone numbers for Little Rock staffers are as follows: Dennis Byrd, 501 912-3739; James Jefferson, 501 766-5342; Rob Moritz, 501 912-6397; Harry King, 501 912-0750; John Lyon, 501 786-4306.


THIS INFORMATION IS PROPRIETARY AND IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION, BROADCAST OR OTHER USE PRIOR TO DATES LISTED.


WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20


Appeals court reverses sentence revocation


LITTLE ROCK — A Crawford County circuit judge erred when he revoked a man’s probation after he refused to complete mandatory community service because the prescription medication he was taking would have caused him to fail a required drug test.


In a unanimous decision written by Judge Rhonda K. Wood, the appeals court said the state failed to prevent any proof that Cameron Shubert had violated a condition of his suspended sentence.


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By Rob Moritz


Hutchinson opposes legalization of medical marijuana


LITTLE ROCK — Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday he opposes ballot proposals that would legalize marijuana for medical use.


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By Rob Moritz


Home sales up in October, prices down


LITTLE ROCK — Home sales in Arkansas were up 13 percent in October compared to a year ago but average prices were down 2 percent, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Wednesday.


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Common Core could get name change in Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK — The Common Core State Standards Initiative could someday be known by a different name in Arkansas.


State Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell said Wednesday that state officials plan to ask Common Core’s coordinators for a letter authorizing the state to make changes to the standards, possibly including a name change.


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By John Lyon


Tyson Foods drops Oklahoma pork supplier amid animal cruelty claims


LITTLE ROCK — Springdale-based Tyson Foods said Wednesday it will stop buying pork from an Oklahoma hog farm that an animal rights group has accused of treating pigs inhumanely.


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By John Lyon


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