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Today in History

Today is Friday, October 9, the 282nd day of 2015. There are 83 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On October 9, 1940, rock-and-roll legend John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. (On this date in 1975, his son, Sean, was

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Public Affairs Calendar

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Pre-K funding strains private day cares

Staci Vandagriff | The Sun
Jeremiah Settles, an employee of Woods Masonry, covers the front of the new pre-kindergarten building with brick Thursday next to Bill’s Fresh Market on Johnson Avenue.

By JEREMY HALL, Sun Staff Writer, jhall@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — To Cliff McQuay, parents have a no-brainer decision to make when sending their children to day care in Arkansas.
Infusion of millions of dollars from both the federal and state

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Red Wolves bring high hopes to new season

Staci Vandagriff | The Sun
Arkansas State’s Akasha Westbrook (10) and Khadija Brown-Haywood (3) go through drills during Wednesday’s practice at the HPESS Complex.

By Matthew V. Roberson, Sun staff writer JONESBORO — Arkansas State has strong incentive heading into the 2015-16 women's basketball season. ASU held its first official practice of the preseason with the disappointment from the previous season. . . more »

State to see benefit over long term — A3
1915 building condemned — A3
Obama apologizes for clinic attack — A5
Senate OKs massive defense bill, sends measure to Obama — A5
Repeat offenders among those freed early — A5
House OKs special committee to probe Planned Parenthood — A5
Trio wins Nobel Prize for mapping how cells fix some DNA damage — A5
Trumann celebrates future elementary — A8
Fresh out of prison, man is jailed again — A8
Judge hears arguments over lethal injection law — A9
Gunman killed himself after police wounded him — A11
Conservatives seek McCarthy alternative — A11
Iraqi Kurdish fighters exposed to mustard gas — A11
Witnesses: Saudi-led strikes kill 15 — A11
South Carolina still on edge from floods — A13

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

Prudhomme, Louisiana chef who popularized Cajun food, dies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. He was 75. Tiffanie Roppolo, the CFO of Prudhomme's businesses, told The . . .

Randy Quaid ordered released; facing deportation

MONTREAL (AP) — American Actor Randy Quaid has been ordered released by Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board but still faces being sent back to the United States next week. Quaid appeared before the board Thursday for a detention review. A Canada . . .

October 2015