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Today in History

Today is Saturday, August 1, the 213th day of 2015. There are 152 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 1, 1975, a 35-nation summit in Finland concluded with the signing of a declaration known as the Helsinki Accords dealing

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Public Affairs Calendar

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Fire ravages downtown landmark


Staci Vandagriff | The Sun
Jonesboro firefighter Adam Marshall fights a large fire that started late Thursday night at 411 Union St. in Downtown Jonesboro. Crews rotated throughout the night and into Friday morning to keep the fire contained. No injuries were reported, but the building is expected to be demolished, officials said.

By Keith Inman, Sun Staff Writer, inman@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Battalion Chief John Yates instinctively knew he and his firefighters were in for a long ordeal Thursday night.
"As soon as they toned us out," Yates said. It was 10:24 p.m., and

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Cockrell sees benefits from second summer of workouts


Sun file photo
Valley View running back Jagger Cornelius, right, carries the ball in a game against Paragould last year in this Sun file photo. Cornelius is one of several key senior returnees for the Blazers his year.

By Cory Clark, Sun staff writer JONESBORO — Summer went a little smoother for Valley View head football coach Sean Cockrell this year. Now in his second year in charge of the Blazer program, Cockrell said having a year of experience helped him. . . more »


Trooper in Bland arrest had been disciplined A2
Grand Teton dorm fire kills 1, hurts 4 A3
2 firms won't move pipeline A3
Regulators close case probing reactor repairs A5
Ex-governor's law costs him pension A5
Wildfires consume California hillsides A5
2 men accused in Cherry Valley woman's death A6
July robbery suspects linked to June shooting A6
West Memphis woman faces 5th DWI charge A6
Murder case reward now $5,000 A7
Oak Grove will celebrate 145th anniversary A8
Philadelphia anxious over pope's upcoming visit A9
Variety of activities on tap at library A11
Boozman: States need flexibility in nutrition bill A12
Astronomers gather amid tension A13
Paperwork error foiled contract for Medicaid A14

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

Anderson, singer of 'Rose Garden,' dies in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died. She was 67. A statement from the family said she passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical . . .

Banderas to star in Starz series 'Cuban Quartet'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Starz is developing "Cuban Quartet," a series starring Antonio Banderas. Starz CEO Chris Albrecht made the announcement Friday at a panel for television critics in Beverly Hills, California. The series is based on a popular . . .


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