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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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NATIONAL
November 14, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who last month claimed his 6-year-old son had floated away in a helium balloon pleaded guilty to avoid the possible deportation of his wife, a Japanese citizen. Richard Heene pleaded guilty to one felony charge of attempting to influence a public official. Mayumi Heene is expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of making a false report. Richard Heene's attorney said that the Heenes would be sentenced to probation, although it's possible that Richard Heene may serve 90 days in jail and his wife 60 days.
NATIONAL
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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