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Superior Industries to shutter Rogers plant, cut 500 jobs July 30, 2014 at 2:05 p.m.

Let me (a liberal with a few conservative nuts & bolts) put it this way: Superior is doing this for its own business reasons, NOT because of NAFTA *or* ACA; like any other business, their main concern is making a profit. More jobs in northern Mexico means fewer Mexicans trying to cross the border, thus cooling the tempers of all you "illegal"-haters out there. And NWA isn't exactly hurting for jobs either, but notice some of Rogers' loss is actually Fayetteville's gain. ;)

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'Very rude' parolee held in meat shoplifting at Kroger July 25, 2014 at 11:13 p.m.

Perhaps he wanted to go back to prison? Kroger has so many security cameras on its meat counters that IMO only stupid criminals go there; he ain't the first Kroger meat thief whose arrest appeared in the ADG, and he almost certainly won't be the last. Or maybe he thought all the cameras were on the steaks so he went for the bacon?

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McDaniel rejects medical-marijuana measure wording July 22, 2014 at 11:56 a.m.

The article doesn't SAY whether or not they submitted the approved 2014 text again (with modified dates, of course). If they didn't, they're stupid. If they did, then Dustin McDaniel has some 'splaining to do...

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Baker tied to group seeking to limit suits July 22, 2014 at 11:53 a.m.

The article starts & ends with references to Arkansans for *Lawsuit* Reform, but in the middle it suddenly refers to Arkansans for *Tax* Reform. Which one is it? Are they separate organizations, or is one of them a typo?

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Court rules for gay marriage in Oklahoma case July 18, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.

@23cal: I'm sure preachers will keep on preaching against homosexuality. But what about the "great disturbance in the force" among gay & lesbian citizens who were silenced from expressing their love the same way opposite-sex couples often do -- through marriage? Fundamental rights like marriage (or for that matter, preaching against homosexuality) CANNOT be put before a popular vote; what's popular today may NOT be so popular tomorrow. That's what 19 judges in a row (many NOT so "activist") have ruled to preserve...

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More time given for alcohol measure petitions July 18, 2014 at 6:24 p.m.

@TheBatt: First, the legislature ran the signatures needed on wet-dry petitions up SO high (38% of ALL registered voters in the county) that you need well over half the likely wet voters to sign the petition before you can even have an election. (Ordinary countywide initiatives only require 15% of the general-election vote for CIRCUIT clerk -- not even county judge.) It takes almost as many signatures to call wet-dry elections in Faulkner, Saline & Craighead Counties combined as it does to get the "all-wet" measure on the ballot statewide.
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Second, most of the dry counties voted dry back in the '30's, '40's & '50's, when the poll tax kept many blacks & poor whites away from the polls; the increased signature level came AFTER the poll tax was repealed by voters. I'm surprised there hasn't been any successful voting-rights challenges to the wet-dry laws.
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Finally, with all the liquor stores right at the county lines (some of whom are backing the dry campaigns in Faulkner & Craighead Counties) -- IIRC, all but two dry counties (Cleburne & Howard) border at least one wet county or state -- not to mention all the restaurants with private-club permits in dry counties (I've been to a few of those in Conway myself), the whole wet-dry thing has become so hypocritical that many believe it's a joke and a disgrace to Arkansas.

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'Hog Call' trademarked by the University of Arkansas July 18, 2014 at 6:08 p.m.

According to the Forbes article, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office attorney who initially reviewed the application rejected it because chants at sporting events aren't necessarily associated with the event itself. The U of A overcame that by sending in a video similar to the one on this article of Frank Broyles leading a Hog Call. (Forbes found another one on YouTube.) We still can't let ol' Frank go, can we???

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More time given for alcohol measure petitions July 18, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.

I should add that Walmart and (to a lesser extent) Kum & Go are financially backing the wet-dry petition drives in Faulkner, Saline & Craighead Counties. I haven't found any Saline County opponents on the Ethics Commission website, but the opposition in the other two counties appears to be funded by liquor stores in neighboring counties, including two rather obvious groups: the Conway County Legal Beverage Association (I kinda doubt they mean Coke or Pepsi) and the Greene County Beer Association.

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More time given for alcohol measure petitions July 18, 2014 at 5:07 p.m.

@LR1955: Try your nearest Walmart; that's where I saw the petition. (Yes, that was in the Little Rock area; several dry counties including Faulkner, Saline & Craighead also have their own wet-dry petitions.) The backers' Ethics Commission report is as vague as possible (they claim no contributions except a minor one in-kind from their attorney, vs. a $20K loan from the company paying its solicitors), but the very fact that Walmart allowed them to solicit signatures in store entrances tells you who's behind it...

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I-30 bridge's rehab is revived as option July 16, 2014 at 5:41 p.m.

And has anyone considered that all the barges running into the bridge may have CAUSED that cracked footing???

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