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100 years ago

Oct. 7, 1918

TEXARKANA -- Fire at 2:30 o'clock yesterday morning broke out in the Sanders grocery store No. 1, located in the Benefield block, on West Broad street, and before the flames could be extinguished about $1,000 damage to the stock had resulted. The loss on the building is estimated at about $500. Both losses are covered by insurance. The fire is believed to have been caused by rats gnawing on matches.

50 years ago

Oct. 7, 1968

• A woman state employee charged Sunday that she had been fired by the Rockefeller administration for displaying Democratic bumper stickers on her car. Mrs. Jo Ann Bradshaw of Benton made the charges during a news conference at the headquarters of Marion H. Crank, The Democratic gubernatorial nominee. ... The stickers supported Crank and United States Senator J. William Fulbright. Mrs. Bradshaw was a vocational evaluator for the Arkansas Rehabilitation Service at the Benton Unit of the State Hospital. She said she was fired Tuesday and had contacted Crank because friends had urged her to do so. A copy of the dismissal order distributed to newsmen said Mrs. Bradshaw's employment was terminated "for failure to comply with the State Hospital regulations regarding political advertising on the grounds of the State Hospital."

25 years ago

Oct. 7, 1993

CORNING -- An Amtrak train traveling south at 65 mph struck and killed Scott Manatt Jr., 19, of Corning (Clay County) about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday four miles north of Corning, State Trooper Allen Earnhart said Wednesday. An Amtrak official said engineer B.D. Wilson of Cabot (Lonoke County) told supervisors that he saw two men -- one wrapped in a plastic sheet-- taking "a nap" on the tracks before the accident. He also said two women were asleep in a pickup truck near the tracks. But Earnhart said the women -- Manatt's girlfriend and the wife of the other man -- had walked to a nearby house to call for help when the train hit Manatt. Clay County Deputy Coroner Rick Ermert said officials sent blood and other samples to the state Crime Laboratory for analysis.

10 years ago

Oct. 7, 2008

• Arkansas would be training dentists in specialized fields as early as 2011 if the state Legislature approves a proposed Center for Dental Education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences next year. Training dentists would help alleviate a growing shortage of dental professionals in Arkansas by keeping more of them in the state to practice, said Dr. Charles O. Cranford, a professor at the UAMS College of Public Health and chairman of the state dental study committee. Arkansas has 40.3 dentists for every 100,000 residents. An increase of 70 percent is needed by 2015 to meet the national average of 60 dentists for every 100,000 people, according to a committee report. "We've got to realize that the problem is approaching," said Cranford. ... "If we do nothing, it's going to get much worse."

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