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ARKANSAS SENATE-WOMEN

Pryor launches women's issues coalition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is launching a women's coalition to tout his support of raising Arkansas' minimum wage and equal pay as he faces a tough bid for a third term.

The two-term Democratic lawmaker from Arkansas on Thursday announced the launch of the "Women for Pryor" coalition aimed at turning out the female vote for his November matchup against Republican rival and U.S. Representative Tom Cotton. The race is one of the most closely watched in the country, and Republicans view it as key to their bid to win a majority in the Senate.

Pryor touted his support for a measure vying for a spot on the November ballot that would gradually raise the state's minimum wage.

FOOTBALL PLAYER-DOUBLE HOMICIDE

Second man charged in Magnolia double homicide

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) - Authorities have charged a second suspect in the fatal shooting of a Southern Arkansas University football player and a former student.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Timothy Johnson of Camden was charged Thursday with a terroristic act. The same charge was filed against 20-year-old Byron Dunn on Monday in the shooting.

Police haven't said why they believe the men were involved in the killings.

Southern Arkansas wide receiver Brandon Hobdy of Garland, Texas and former student Wayne Payton were killed Sunday outside of a back-to-school party near Magnolia. The 23-year-old football player and 24-year-old former student died from their injuries at an area hospital.

Both Dunn and Johnson are being held on $1 million bond. Online jail records didn't indicate attorneys.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK HOMICIDE

North Little Rock man arrested on murder charge

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A 21-year-old North Little Rock man has been arrested in connection with a May homicide.

The North Little Rock Police Department says Juwon Cooper was arrested without incident at his home Thursday morning. He faces a first-degree murder charge in the killing of 42-year-old Corey Renard Britt. Police say Britt was found in his home and appeared to have been shot.

A police spokesman says no further information regarding a potential motive or connection to the victim is available.

Pulaski County jail records show Cooper is being held without bail. No one answered the phone at North Little Rock District Court Thursday afternoon.

TRANSIENT SLAYING

Special prosecutor appointed in transient slaying

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) - A special prosecutor has been appointed in the case of a man convicted of killing a woman at a Crawford County transient camp in 2001.

The Times Record reports Fort Smith attorney Ron Fields was appointed during a Wednesday hearing.

The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Rickey Dale Newman earlier this year, saying he was incompetent to stand trial when he was convicted in 2002 of killing Marie Cholette.

Defense attorney Julie Brain argued for prosecutor Marc McCune's removal. She says McCune accompanied police when Newman showed them where he disposed of a knife used to kill the 46-year-old Cholette and says McCune could be a material witness in the case.

McCune agreed to leave the case.

Brain has argued that Newman is not guilty.

WEST TENNESSEE-PLANE CRASH

Pilot dies after crop dusting plane crashes in W. Tenn.

PARSONS, Tenn. (AP) - Police say the pilot of a crop-dusting plane has died after crashing in West Tennessee.

Media reported that the plane when down Wednesday near Middleton in Hardeman County.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

It was the second recent crop-dusting crash that caused a death in West Tennessee.

On August 20th, 29-year-old Hollis Malone was killed when his crop duster fell in Parsons. The cause of the crash is still being determined.

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