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Little Rock airport: Levee fees not on radar May 28, 2017 at 12:16 p.m.

The improvement district needs to listen to its lawyer: In Arkansas, improvement district assessments are NOT property taxes, so Arkansas Constitution, Article 16, Section 5 does NOT apply to them. The assessment is required by law, so it is NOT a "voluntary payment" subject to the Federal ban. (An example of a "voluntary payment" is the animal control fee Pulaski County added to its personal property tax bills this year; it is clearly marked "Voluntary Tax", and no one is required to pay it.) The airport is protected by the levee; it MUST pay its assessments just like any other landowner in the district. PERIOD.

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Workers for state to receive bonuses May 28, 2017 at 1:34 a.m.

UAMS -- and the rest of the UA System -- has a different health plan from the rest of state government. However, from what I've seen of its rates UAMS didn't "cut the employer portion"; it's having a rate increase effective July 1, with both employer & employee portions of the premium going up.

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Tuition, fee increases at UA campuses get 1st approval; vote by full board set today May 25, 2017 at 9:27 p.m.

Hurricane46, UAF's athletic department doesn't take one thin dime of tuition, student fees, or any other non-athletic funding source; it's supposedly one of only 24 fully self-sufficient college athletic programs in the entire country. You can argue about other schools or other UAF programs, but NONE of this increase is going into Bret Bielema's pocket.

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Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court May 25, 2017 at 9:17 p.m.

I'm not as sure as the reporter that the Supreme Court will take up the case. Though being a Federal issue may work in favor of an appeal, there is no "circuit conflict" yet so there's still a significant chance that SCOTUS could refuse the case. Remember, the Court refused to hear the waves of same-sex marriage cases until the 6th Circuit bucked the trend; that and being first in line to appeal is why Jim Obergefell was the final successful plaintiff.

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Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court May 25, 2017 at 9 p.m.

Packman, the Manchester bomber was UK-born. No amount of "extreme vetting" can stop terrorism by citizens, unless it's a totalitarian scheme like the old Soviet internal passports. Please tell me how the Border Patrol coulda caught Timothy McVeigh...

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Arkansan who cut man's throat on Oaklawn gaming floor gets 20 years in prison May 25, 2017 at 8:51 p.m.

O.J., Murphy? This time the glove (or rather knife) DID fit. ;)

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Arkansas motorcyclist killed after striking cable barrier May 25, 2017 at 8:45 p.m.

Head-on collisions from crossing an unprotected median are "instant death" to motorcyclists AND other motorists. AHTD has money issues as is; you can't expect them to put up unsightly concrete barriers everywhere.

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Restaurant Transitions: Taco Bueno coming to North Little Rock; new steakhouse chain; new Little Rock coffee shop May 25, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.

Way to go, Taco Bueno! No more driving from Jacksonville to either Southwest LR or Maumelle. I wish you'd go in even closer, but JFK & Pershing is a good start.

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No road funds till bridges fall, crashes climb, say 2 Arkansas legislators May 25, 2017 at 3:34 p.m.

ThisisInsane, YOU are insane. Gas & diesel taxes DO go to highways as required by law. The problem is, while the cost of building & maintaining roads increases (especially as fuel prices increase), fuel tax revenue does NOT increase because it's a fixed amount per gallon REGARDLESS of price. Because of that, many states' DOTs now barely have enough money for routine maintenance; Missouri's MoDOT & Louisiana's LaDOTD are in even worse shape than AHTD. If there IS waste, it's because our state highway system is nearly twice as big as it should be; AHTD's administrative costs are in line with the rest of the country (so no, they're NOT out buying new cars).

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BRUMMETT ONLINE: How the news works May 24, 2017 at 5:27 p.m.

And Slak, MSNBC was actually leading CNN & Fox News in recent ratings until Manchester drove Trump's scandals out of the headlines; Fox pulled back in front after that.

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