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Today in History

Today is Monday, March 30, the 89th day of 2015. There are 276 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 30, 1945, during World War II, the Soviet Union invaded Austria with the goal of taking Vienna, which it accomplished

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Public Affairs Calendar

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Parents discover purpose in death

Photo by Cobi Murdock
Joe and Andrea Simpson are shown just weeks before their baby, Jack, was to be born.

By Cord Rapert, Sun Staff Writer, cord@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Jack Simpson would have been 9 months old. Even though he wasn't able to reach that age on earth, his parents believe the impact that he made on so many in so little time will leave a

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Duke back in Final Four after 66-52 win over Gonzaga

David J. Phillipp | AP
Duke's Matt Jones (13) celebrates after the second half of a college basketball regional final game against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday in Houston. Duke won 66-52.

HOUSTON (AP) — A special group of freshmen is taking Duke and Coach K back to the NCAA Final Four. The Blue Devils and their trio of freshmen starters are going to their 16th Final Four after a 66-52 win Sunday in the South Regional over. . . more »

3 West African countries increase fight to end Ebola A2
Nigerians vote Sunday despite violence A2
IS beheads 8 Shiites in Syria's Hama A3
NSA mulled ending secret phone program A3
Only 1 Arkansas city assessed for quality of life A5
Utility faces rate plan challenges A5
A new dream for an old theme park A5
Drugs allegedly found inside car and suspect A6
Burglary, fraud, a stolen vehicle keep local police busy Saturday A7
Indiana governor: Law 'not about discrimination' A8
War heroes to give museum Congressional Gold Medal A8
Northeast resists adding pipelines, despite gas costs A8
Community stands by co-pilot, family A10
Tunis forces kill terror suspect A10
Saudi response to criticism tests Europe's reach A10

Read about all these and more in today's print edition or online e-Edition.

Tony winner, director Saks dies at 93

NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Saks, a prolific actor-director who teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on hit Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as "The Odd Couple" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs," has died. He was 93. Saks, . . .

Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of . . .

March 2015