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HEAT. Little Rock topped out at 114 degrees last Wednesday, the hottest temperature ever recorded in the capital city. North Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Harrison and Hot Springs also reached record highs.

RANDY WAGNER. The Grubbs man won $1 million playing Powerball. He said he plans to multiply his winnings through wise investment.

JOHNNY CASH'S LEGACY. The inaugural Johnny Cash Music Festival was a sell-out last Thursday. With performers like Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson and George Jones, the event raised $310,000 to restore Cash's boyhood home in Dyess. Read a review on page 18.

ARKANSAS FILM. Reps for Little Rock-born Jeff Nichols said the directing talent plans to shoot his third film in Arkansas this fall, with, according to press reports, Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon starring. Nichols is hoping to fill another crucial role with an Arkansas teen-ager. More on page 19.

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FINANCIAL MARKETS. In the wake of S&P's downgrade of the United States' credit rating, the Dow lost 634 points, the sixth worst decline in its history and the largest drop since the 2008 financial crisis.

KEVIN LEWIS. The former Little Rock attorney pled guilty to a $47 million bank fraud scheme in federal district court.

CARGILL. The meat giant recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey after officials found a potential link between meat produced in a plant based in Springdale and a salmonella outbreak, which has affected people in 26 states, but at press time, no one in Arkansas.

MIKE HUCKABEE. The Huckster suggested Donald Trump should replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary, and just in time for the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, released a new history-obscuring cartoon DVD as part of his "Learn Our History" series about the attacks and the subsequent war on terror. It can be yours for only $9.95!

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