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Today in History

Today is Tuesday, August 4, the 216th day of 2015. There are 149 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 4, 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard had its beginnings as President George Washington signed a measure authorizing a group

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Public Affairs Calendar

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Future of downtown buildings uncertain

Keith Inman | The Sun
Wayne Masterson (left), retired Jonesboro fire chief, and Craig Davenport, chief fire marshal, stand in the shade Monday across Union Street from the fire-gutted Eden Spa & Boutique. Insurance adjusters are assessing whether to try to repair or demolish the historic building, which burned Thursday night and Friday.

By Keith Inman, Sun Staff Writer, inman@jonesboro.com
JONESBORO — The future of two historic buildings on Union Street remains uncertain following a fire last week.
But owners of those buildings said Monday that their businesses will continue.

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ASU schedule should help RPI rating

File | The Sun
Arkansas State coach Brian Boyer instructs his team during a game against Troy in the Convocation Center in this file photo. ASU announced its non-conference women's basketball schedule, which features four NCAA Tournament teams, on Monday.

By Matthew V. Roberson, Sun sports writer JONESBORO — Brian Boyer understands the importance of the Ratings Percentage Index probably more than anyone, and he schedules for it. Last season, Arkansas State was the highest-ranked team in the RPI not. . . more »

GOP has votes to derail Iran nuke deal A3
Man killed awaiting court appearance A3
Report: U.S.-led strikes killed 459 civilians A3
Cop killed near area with crime history A3
Planned Parenthood defunding blocked A2
Ex-sheriff pleads guilty in fraud case A2
Legislators criticize power plant rules A5
New health policy adviser selected A5
Fishermen: Norfork Dam threatens trout A5
Schumer cousins call for gun control A10

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

Brian Williams still weeks away from reappearing at MSNBC

NEW YORK (AP) — Next week marks the end of Brian Williams' six-month suspension from NBC News for exaggerating his role in news stories, but he isn't expected back on the air in his new job at MSNBC for at least another month. Williams was suspended on . . .

Comic Amy Schumer, Sen. Schumer call for better gun control

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Amy Schumer spoke tearfully of two women who were shot to death during a screening of her movie, "Trainwreck," and asked lawmakers Monday to support a gun control bill sponsored by her second cousin, U.S. Sen. Charles . . .

August 2015