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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas prison officials on Tuesday appear before a legislative committee to discuss the deaths of five inmates over a four-day period from suspected drug overdoses. By Andrew DeMillo. 350 words.



GULFPORT, Miss. — Sandbags were filled, patio furniture was taken inside and shoppers stocked up on batteries and bottled water as people along the Gulf Coast prepared Tuesday for Tropical Storm Gordon, which was forecast to become the second hurricane to hit the region in less than a year. A hurricane warning was in effect for the Mississippi and Alabama coasts with predictions Gordon would become a Category 1 storm. As much as 8 inches of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday as the tropical weather moves inland toward Arkansas. By Stacey Plaisance and Kevin McGill. SENT: 760 words, with photos, video. Developing.




LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Little Rock Nine member Elizabeth Eckford returns to Central High on Tuesday to commemorate the anniversary of her famous walk as she desegregated the school. The Clinton School of Public Service has raised funds for a bench to be placed there in her honor, and as part of the project, students have developed a mobile app with eyewitness accounts, a StoryCorps recording booth and produced signage and landscaping. By Hannah Grabenstein. 450 words, pursuing photos, video.



MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A Tennessee jail has intercepted a letter from an inmate to a white supremacist group in which he confesses to killing a black man. The Daily News Journal reports John Daniel Carothers is charged with murder in the death of 40-year-old Robert Miller, who was set ablaze at a Veterans' Affairs assisted living home in March. The letter has prosecutors considering further investigation to determine if hate crime sentencing enhancement could apply. In the letter addressed to the American Institute of Theology in Arkansas, Carothers requested a study Bible and says he believes the Bible is "about white people and for white people" and says he is in jail "for burning a black man I set him on fire with lighter fluid poured on his head." SENT: 260 words.



OMAHA, Neb. — Economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states took a leap forward last month, according to a survey report issued Tuesday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 61.1 in August, compared with 57.0 in July, the report said. It's the 21st straight month the index remained above growth neutral 50.0. SENT: 280 words.




WASHINGTON — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states. Supporters of the bill say the delay could embolden Russia, which targeted election infrastructure in at least 21 states in 2016. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,090 words, with photo.


LAS VEGAS — A state court judge in Las Vegas is being asked to impose a gag order on information about personnel and procedures Nevada wants to use if it gets the go-ahead for the stalled lethal injection of a convicted killer who says he wants to die. The state attorney general's office wants Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez to prevent disclosure of the identities of attending doctors and execution team members and to protect information about drugs, manufacturers and how the state developed its execution protocol. By Ken Ritter. UPCOMING: 370 words.


— SHERIFF'S FATHER SLAIN — Authorities say an Arkansas man has been arrested in Tennessee in connection with the slaying of the father of an Oklahoma sheriff. With photo.

— TWO SLAIN — Authorities in northern Arkansas say a 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shootings of his grandfather and his uncle.

— TEXARKANA SLAYING — A state psychologist in Arkansas says a man charged with killing his girlfriend, is unfit to stand trial.




The first regular season AP Top 25 is released after a long weekend during which most of the top teams won and Auburn registered the biggest victory. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.


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JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State receiver Dahu Green is out for the year after suffering a broken ankle in the season opener. Coach Blake Anderson said Green, a transfer from Oklahoma, will apparently need surgery after being injured early in the second quarter of the Red Wolves' 48-21 win over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday. SENT: 90 words.


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