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Today in History

Today is Friday, May 27, the 148th day of 2016. There are 218 days left in the year.
Today's Highlights in History:
On May 27, 1941, the British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France with a loss of some 2,000 lives, three days after

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Public Affairs Calendar

Thursday, June 2
Blytheville City Street and Drainage Committee, 4 p.m., municipal courtroom.
Blytheville City Finance & Purchasing Committee, 4:30 p.m., municipal courtroom.
Monday, June 6
Valley View School Board, 6 p.m.,

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Collector: Back the Blue may owe sales tax

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Jonesboro police officer John Shipman (right) meets with Gov. Asa Hutchinson as the governor declares Back the Blue Day in Arkansas last week in Little Rock.

By Stan Morris, Sun Staff Writer, stan@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — The for-profit "Back the Blue" initiative of Jonesboro may owe sales tax for every item sold since the business was created last year, the city collector said Thursday.
In addition,

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A-State stays alive with comeback

Sun Belt Conference
Arkansas State's Garrett Rucker, right, is waved around third base by coach Tommy Raffo during the Red Wolves come from behind 13-12 win over Troy Thursday at the Sun Belt Conference baseball tournament in San Marcos, Texas.

SAN MARCOS, Texas "" The Arkansas State baseball team overcame a 12-4 deficit and a weather delay of two hours and 50 minutes to defeat Troy 13-12 in an elimination game that saw both teams tie the Sun Belt Conference Tournament record of combined. . . more »

Group navigates waters to escape flooded cave — A2
Woman accused of endangering child — A6
Police: 63-year-old man assaulted girl — A6
Man gets maximum sentence for battery — A6
Juvenile crime climbs with summer free time — A8
Paragould Primary teacher terminated — A8
EAPDD receives AG response — A8
Speaker's ethics trial continues — A9
Activities set at Lake Charles State Park — A10
Crowley's Ridge plans holiday activities — A10
Court keeps $3 million decision against Gerber — A11
Democrats dropping Jefferson, Jackson from dinner — A11
State OKs funding for school upgrades — A11
GOP scuttles spending bill over LGBT rights — A12
4 avoid major injury in Navy jets' crash — A12
Rules seek to make schools accountable — A12

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

Depp tries to avoid spousal support

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Depp has asked a court to determine that he should not pay spousal support to his estranged wife Amber Heard, who filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage. Court records show Depp filed the response Wednesday to Heard's . . .

Spielberg to address grads at Harvard commencement

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is scheduled to deliver the commencement speech at Harvard University. The three-time Academy Award winner will address graduates at a ceremony Thursday afternoon. Harvard President Drew Faust has . . .

May 2016