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October 17, 2008 Randy Wayne Churchill

Area Briefs

October 17, 2008 Early voting begins Monday Early voting for the Nov. 4 General Election begins Monday in the county clerk's office in the Independence County Courthouse.

Woman faces perjury charge

October 17, 2008 A McRae woman who allegedly lied during a child custody battle has been arrested for perjury.

Ark. Supreme Court keeps lottery measure on ballot

October 17, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - After the Arkansas Supreme Court declined to toss out an initiative that would establish a state lottery, the game's players are now placing their bets with the voters.

Law experts: Conviction is possible without body

October 16, 2008 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors have DNA tests and hair samples. They have testimony about "the smell of death" in the trunk of the suspect's car. What they do not have is a body.

Helicopter crash kills 4 on board

October 16, 2008 AURORA, Ill. (AP) - A medical helicopter crashed in a Chicago suburb, killing three crew members and a 13-month-old patient, authorities said early today.

Alamo arraignment set

October 16, 2008 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Evangelist Tony Alamo, who is charged with transporting minors across state lines for sex, is to be arraigned Friday in Texarkana.

Lottery opponents see nearly 2-1 cash edge

October 16, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Four groups campaigning against a state-run lottery have nearly twice as much cash in the bank as the committee promoting the lottery amendment, reports filed with the state Ethic