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High water forces closure of second Red River bridge May 29, 2015 at 4:15 p.m.

@GCW: I had a feeling I-30 would flood before US 67, especially on the approach roads across the river from Fulton (those are usually more likely to flood than the bridges themselves, though 71 northbound may be an exception). Still, 67 will be very crowded with I-30 traffic, especially if the beer store is still open. And if it overcomes both 30 & 67, the last two bridges in Arkansas (US 82 at Garland & AR 160 at Doddridge) will be right behind them; that would likely force the main detour to Shreveport, at least.

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High water forces closure of second Red River bridge May 29, 2015 at 2:06 p.m.

With closures rolling down the Red River (the next unaffected bridge above I-30 is US 69/75 at Denison, TX, though two lanes of US 271 at Hugo, OK are open for now), I wonder how long I-30 will hold out. If it closes, that could be as serious as the I-40 White River closure of a few years ago.

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Putin accuses U.S. of meddling into FIFA affairs May 28, 2015 at 6:34 p.m.

If FIFA is none of our business, then why is it any of Comrade Putin's business either? Simple: Who do you think is paying?

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Tracy Morgan settles suit with Wal-Mart over fatal crash May 27, 2015 at 6:07 p.m.

Another relevant term is "vicarious liability" for Walmart's liability itself. As long as the driver was driving for Walmart, Walmart is automatically liable for the personal injuries he caused; it doesn't matter whether Walmart intended to do it or not. Of course Walmart's attorney tried to drum up every defense in the book, but that was a Hail Mary; the law in this area is so settled that Walmart had virtually no chance of winning.

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Tracy Morgan settles suit with Wal-Mart over fatal crash May 27, 2015 at 6:01 p.m.

Mitch, no matter what defenses Walmart claimed in its answer it was gonna lose the case anyway; the only question was how badly. This was the personal injury case; it is undisputed that the driver was working for Walmart at the time AND was at fault in the collision itself, so Walmart is automatically liable for Morgan's injuries under common law. (The law-Latin term is "respondeat superior", also known as the "master-servant rule".) That is completely separate from both (a) the driver's criminal case and (b) any action related to Federal working-hours rules. The settlement almost certainly means less total payout by Walmart (not to mention no embarrassing trial) *and* less contingent fees to Morgan's attorney.

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Senate pulls two failed bills from committee May 27, 2015 at 5:44 p.m.

Is that the best you can do -- attack Sen. Elliott for wearing open-toed shoes on the Senate floor? Perhaps you just can't admit that she tried to stop the freight train putting Arkansas in the "SEC Primary" for the Huckster's benefit (Hillary doesn't need it).

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Police destroy Josh Duggar's record May 23, 2015 at 12:01 a.m.

@ARMind: "The law of the land" DID take the appropriate action against Josh Duggar, who was a JUVENILE at the time. Just because the rest of the world didn't hear about it till this week does NOT mean nothing was done...

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Hutchinson calls session, states topics May 21, 2015 at 3:31 p.m.

Here's a curious one: "aligning state law with potential changes in federal law regarding farm-equipment traffic on a new section of interstate highway near Jonesboro". (It's actually in Poinsett County just west of Marked Tree; the need for farm equipment to use the St. Francis River floodway crossing is the only thing keeping U.S. 63 south of Jonesboro from becoming I-555.) There's nothing about it in the short-term highway extension bill that just passed the House. Did some member of our congressional delegation tell Asa about a deal to put U.S. 63/I-555 language in either the short-term or long-term highway bill without telling Arkansans?

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Chinese leader: Religions must be free of foreign influence May 20, 2015 at 11:12 p.m.

"Free of foreign influence"? I'm pretty sure God does NOT live in China, so that bans all of 'em...

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In general, a bad idea May 20, 2015 at 11:06 p.m.

Registration fees? They were last changed under Frank White, who partially rolled back the "Cubans and car tags" increase of Clinton's first term, except for Mike Huckabee's "decal fee" (net reduction of $1 after eliminating car inspections). Car tags have become the third rail of Arkansas politics, almost as untouchable as Social Security in DC.

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