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Today in History

Today is Saturday, August 29, the 241st day of 2015. There are 124 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, Louisiana, bringing floods that devastated New Orleans.

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Public Affairs Calendar

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Community steps in to save schools' backpack programs

Sarah Morris | The Sun
Valley View ninth-grader Tyson McLean and junior Sarah Cline stock the shelves of the pantry for Valley View's backpack program. The program provides students with backpacks filled with supplemental food to eat when not at school. Valley View's program is one of 11 in Craighead County that will no longer receive aid from the Arkansas Rice Depot. A food drive at Valley View will be held Sept. 14-18.

By Sarah Morris, Sun Staff Writer, smorris@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Classes began Aug. 17 with Westside elementary counselor Tammy Romines unsure how the school would continue its support of about 40 students who would no longer have food to eat on

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Wand gives Red Wolves extra option in backfield

ASU sports information
Arkansas State freshman running back Warren Wand finds an opening during a scrimmage at Centennial Bank Stadium.

By Matthew V. Roberson Sun Staff Writer JONESBORO — Warren Wand is making a strong case for a spot in Arkansas State's backfield this season. The freshman running back from Edmond, Okla., has captured his coaches' attention and imagination since. . . more »

Officer who shot black man won’t be retried — A2
St. Louis leaders OK plan to increase minimum wage — A2
Obama expects better ties with Israel after deal — A5
Clerk asks justices to intervene in case — A5
Water rule in effect despite court ruling — A5
Police arrest couple after vehicle break-ins — A6
Investigation leads police to weapons, drugs — A7
ASU police investigate reported sex assault — A7
Burglar makes quick cash grab — A7
Jonesboro fuel prices hover at $2 per gallon — A10
Lee leaves legacy at Nettleton High — A10
Ex-state treasurer sentenced to prison — A10
Europe’s migrant crisis brings more deaths — A12
Law allows ‘open carry’ of guns, Rutledge says — A14
Medicaid cutoffs halted again — A14

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

Copeland calls Broadway debut 'incredible'

NEW YORK (AP) — The stage lights have been hard to get used to and she worried about limited rehearsal time, but ballerina Misty Copeland has put aside her nervousness and is finding her feet on Broadway. "It's an incredible feeling," she said this week . . .

Liu is a first-time mom to Rockwell

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's a new guy in "Elementary" star Lucy Liu's life and he won't be hard to detect — a bouncing baby boy. The actress took to Instagram and Twitter on Thursday to reveal that the 46-year-old is a new mom to Rockwell Lloyd Liu, . . .

August 2015