COPY-News Minute: Here is the latest Arkansas news from The Associated Press

Associated Press - January 20, 2010 3:34 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The doctor indicted in a bombing that wounded the head of the state medical board has pleaded not guilty to the charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction. Dr. Randeep Mann faces a March trial for the blast that injured Dr. Trent Pierce.

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Two escapees from the Southwest Arkansas Community Correction Center in Texarkana are back in custody. Sidney Bradbury of Hot Springs and Jeremy Goforth of Searcy turned up missing in an early morning headcount. They were found about five miles from the minimum security facility 2.5 hours later.

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A judge in Craighead County has thrown out the death penalty for a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend in Jonesboro. He reduced Robert Robbins' sentence to life in prison without parole. Robbins was 18 at the time Bethany White was killed in 1997 and the judge says he took that into consideration.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue estimates the state will sell $387 million in scratch-off tickets in the first year of the lottery. That's about $117 million higher than he originally estimated. But he says the "Cash 3" and "Cash 4" will bring in about $50 million less than his original prediction.

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