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November 13, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The man convicted of killing Little Rock television personality Anne Pressly was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Under state law, the jury that convicted Curtis Vance of capital murder, rape and burglary had to select either the death penalty or a life sentence. Pressly was killed at her home in October 2008.
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November 13, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Nov. 3 special election for the 23rd Congressional District may not be over after all. Though Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman conceded and Democrat Bill Owens was sworn into Congress, the routine recanvassing of votes shows Owens' lead has narrowed to 3,026 votes, with about 5,800 absentee ballots received so far that have yet to be counted. The outcome rests on uncounted absentee ballots, and more than 10,000 were sent out. If the count overturns the election, Owens could be removed from office.
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November 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who was hailed as a hero this summer for confronting a man wielding a metal bar, officially announced he is running for governor. He has said that he deferred his decision until he was sufficiently recovered from the August attack at a state fair that left him with head and hand injuries. His decision was a relief for the Democratic Party after incumbent Gov. James E. Doyle decided not to seek a third term. The 55-year-old Barrett said he'll build his campaign around the issues of jobs, education and the economy.
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November 14, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), who was caught with $90,000 in marked currency stuffed in his freezer, was sentenced to 13 years in prison. The 62-year-old was convicted of using his office to take hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and seek millions more, mainly by promoting business deals in Africa. Prosecutors said that he was involved in 11 bribery schemes from August 2000 to August 2005 and that he and his family stood to gain more than half a billion dollars.
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