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Filings: Ex-Arkansas coach reportedly used Snapchat to send nude photos to students December 9, 2016 at 4:57 p.m.

Be careful how you word the headline & lede paragraph. Saying "Arkansas coach" gives the impression that he coached for the Razorbacks instead of an Arkansas high school.

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Arkansas roads agency opens bids on 5 sizable jobs; widening of U.S. 67/167 among $244M in projects December 9, 2016 at 4 a.m.

This article is incorrect regarding the Cantrell Road ramp in that it mentions the short-lived "flyover" concept that would have elevated the new lane over I-430 to come down in the median. However, the construction plans submitted this time reverted to the original idea of blasting the new ramp thru the cliffs next to Cantrell & I-430.
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As far as I-430 backups causing the backups on Cantrell, the real problem is the current ramp configuration backs up rush hour traffic from eastbound Cantrell in such a way that it's almost impossible for westbound Cantrell traffic to make the left turn across Cantrell to I-430. By giving that traffic a dedicated ramp to I-430, at least they have a chance to merge onto I-430 without being caught between a traffic light and backed-up traffic from the west.
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@craigq: I recently moved to Jacksonville, near the 67/167 project. The reason THAT project will take a year or less to complete is it requires no special engineering challenges other than rebuilding the oft-flooded Jacks Bayou bridges; it's also almost entirely in the freeway proper between the Airbase & South Cabot exits with no intervening exits or major changes to the service roads. (It does include an extra ramp for the Airbase exit, plus replacing an old 1930's bridge on the service road near the South Cabot exit.) The Main-Redmond project is taking much longer because it involves the coordinated reconstruction of two overpasses and considerable embankments.

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On appeal, gay pairs lose birth-papers case in Arkansas high court December 9, 2016 at 3:20 a.m.

In my opinion, the court's decision to admonish Judge Fox is almost as egregious as its main opinion. I believe the true problem is Judge Fox's referring to the Supreme Court delaying the appeal of the same-sex marriage case (Smith v. Wright) until after Obergefell was decided, then dismissing the appeal like a hot potato; that raises First Amendment issues as even a lower-court judge is free to criticize the actions of higher courts. The majority also denied Judge Fox his due process rights by admonishing him without even an opportunity to respond; they also encroached on the constitutional duties of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. I have already filed complaints with the JDDC against all four justices in the majority for their unconstitutional admonishment of Judge Fox.

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In draft, state high court justices appointed December 9, 2016 at 3:06 a.m.

I agree that some sort of merit selection is needed, but I am opposed to this plan because it removes the people from the process entirely. There should be periodic "retention elections" to decide if a judge should continue in office -- first shortly after appointment, then at intervals similar to current terms (i.e., 8 years). I recognize that "dark money" can taint even those elections, so I insist that the change be concurrent with proposals to force disclosure and regulation of "dark money" in retention election campaigns.

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Jimmy Kimmel to host Academy Awards December 5, 2016 at 8:47 p.m.

What took him, or the Academy, so long? It's well known the main reason Jay Leno never hosted the Oscars -- even though Hollywood loved him -- was ABC, as the show's longtime broadcaster, insisted on Kimmel before any of his competitors. (It may have also prevented David Letterman from trying to make up for his less-disastrous-than-he-claimed first gig.) They certainly have to let Kimmel do it before inviting Jimmy Fallon (Hollywood's current favorite), Stephen Colbert, James Corden (his Tony gig went so well that he just signed up for the Grammys), etc.

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Trump supporters ask courts to halt or prevent 3 state recounts December 3, 2016 at 1:46 a.m.

I seriously doubt the results will change, but this sort of attempt to stop the recount looks an awful lot like the mess that led to Bush v. Gore. A statewide recount almost by definition will lead to uniform standards, and interfering with it makes it even harder to meet the deadline for certifying electors.

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Train derails near Pine Bluff December 3, 2016 at 1:42 a.m.

The AP and multiple TV stations report it was near Altheimer (northeast of Pine Bluff on the old Cotton Belt mainline), citing both ADEM and the Jefferson County sheriff as sources. If they knew where the derailment was, surely your reporter could have found out easily.

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Train derails near Pine Bluff December 3, 2016 at 1:35 a.m.

Poor reporting. Exactly how "near Pine Bluff" is it, and in which direction? If the OEM director can't even give a minimal description of where a potential evacuation due to hazmat spills would begin, perhaps he should resign.

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Belk Bowl director likes sound of the Hogs December 3, 2016 at 1:27 a.m.

If Bret Bielema read TravisBickle's comment, I'm sure he would respond "You talkin' to ME?" :p

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VIDEO: Second arch of new Broadway Bridge moved into place December 3, 2016 at 1:20 a.m.

I doubt you'll be waiting 100 years for another new river bridge downtown; the I-30 bridge needs replacement whether it's widened or not (its navigation span is too narrow and one of its piers is cracked). However, new truss spans are rare nowadays, and the build-offsite-and-float-in technique being employed for the new Broadway Bridge is unusual.

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