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TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. — Tropical Storm Gordon never became a hurricane but it was deadly all the same, killing a child by blowing a tree onto a mobile home as it made landfall. The storm weakened into a depression Wednesday but remained dangerous, dumping rain, spawning possible tornadoes and kicking up heavy surf in its wake. Even as the system was weakening into a remnant low it still posed threats as it moved inland on a forecast track that would take its center northwest into Arkansas, then northeast toward the Great Lakes. By Jay Reeves and Rebecca Santana. SENT: 890 words, with photos, video.

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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

ARKANSAS CASINOS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas has been approved for the November ballot. Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Wednesday said supporters of the proposed constitutional amendment submitted more than the nearly 85,000 signatures from registered voters required to put the proposal on the ballot. The pro-casino campaign has raised more than $2.2 million, nearly all of which has come from two Native American tribes in Oklahoma. By Andrew DeMillo. 350 words.

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HOMELESS CAMPS CLEARED

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fewer people are living in homeless encampments on University of Arkansas-owned land as the deadline looms for them to leave the property. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that university police have issued warnings this week to people living on the south Fayetteville property. Capt. Gary Crain says individuals still at the site on Thursday will be arrested. 290 words.

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STARR BOOK

WASHINGTON — Former independent counsel Ken Starr writes in his new book that if Monica Lewinsky had cooperated with his investigation into President Bill Clinton from the beginning, "the country would not have been dragged through an eight-month ordeal." Starr contends the former White House intern carried "fierce but misguided loyalty" and "allowed herself to become a tragic figure of late twentieth-century America." By Ken Thomas. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ARKANSAS REVENUE— Arkansas finance officials say the state's revenue in August surpassed the same month last year and expectations after an increase in tax collections.

— SUPCO APPOINTMENT — Gov. Matt Mead has appointed his chief of staff, Arkansas graduate Kari Jo Gray, to the Wyoming Supreme Court.

— PRISONS-MAIL HELD — The New Hampshire Department of Corrections has resumed mail delivery to prison inmates, after about a week, with new safety equipment in place about a week following concern about sick inmates and staff elsewhere including Arkansas.

IN SPORTS:

FOOTBALL:

FBC--OFFENSIVE SEC

Southern Conferences showed plenty of offensive firepower in week one and plan to keep lighting up scoreboards this season. Eleven of 14 SEC teams scored 35 or more points and the conference won 13 of its 14 opening-week games. Top-ranked Alabama scored 51 points and LSU put an impressive 33 in a win over Miami. Many feel the defensive-minded SEC could be more offensive this season. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.

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