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Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town January 30, 2015 at 2:19 p.m.

Who woulda thought Chad, of all countries, would make the first strike at Boko Haram? Maybe they're really... "hanging Chad"? ;) :p

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Pay panel backs more than doubling legislators' salaries January 30, 2015 at 12:08 p.m.

This is why I voted "no" on the so-called "ethics" amendment, even more than the backdoor attack on term limits. This kind of "independent" salary commission has been tried in many states before; it's nothing more than a sneaky way to increase politicians' pay. The old system, where salary raises were constitutionally capped at CPI (and even then the legislature didn't bite some years), worked just fine; this law did NOTHING to stop per diem abuse (the real scandal). And if the "office expense" funds are salary supplements, they were illegal under the OLD law. The legislature could have passed the ethics part of the amendment on its own, and can still change it without voter approval (another sneaky piece of fine print).

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Opponents of Big River Steel mill defend suit against plant January 16, 2015 at 4:25 p.m.

GeneralMac & RoyDaMercer are right: Nucor is using environmental claims as a smokescreen to keep a competitor from outbidding it for the best steelworkers in Mississippi County. Tenaris is a completely different kind of steel mill; it's not using scrap metal directly off the barge like Big River will. I don't like the Kochs politically (except one of them is now backing prison reform), but if they make money off it then more power to them; Osceola (and the rest of Mississippi County) needs the jobs.

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Benton County Officials Eye Courts Building January 14, 2015 at 6:36 a.m.

Are they actually planning on "replacing" the courthouse? I've seen recent plans that called for a separate courts building east of the existing courthouse, which would nominally retain the "courthouse" name and continue to house some county offices (much like Faulkner County did recently). Considering the historic and tourist-oriented nature of the Bentonville square (the Walmart visitors center across the square, Crystal Bridges a few blocks north), that makes more sense than opening a new courthouse and declaring the old one "historic" (as in Fayetteville & Berryville).

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Washington County Closes Woolsey Bridge South Of West Fork January 14, 2015 at 6:03 a.m.

So is it getting a "reconstruction" or a "replacement"? Woolsey is a historic bridge; it's right next to U.S. 71 and is plainly visible from there, and I believe it's visible from I-49 also. Ordinarily it shoulda been replaced long ago (not just structurally but also for the sharp curve & steep hill between it & 71), but it should be seriously considered for preservation even if replaced (as it probably should be).

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Wal-Mart exec endows UA diversity initiative January 12, 2015 at 8:26 p.m.

I wonder what his relationship is to David Gearhart, the chancellor? If they're related, the university should return the gift and tell him to leave along with the chancellor.

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Chancellor Gearhart announces retirement from UA January 12, 2015 at 8:23 p.m.

Will someone please hurry up and fire him before he can just quit? We all know he threw several people under the bus to hide overspending at the Advancement Division that began on HIS watch, then got the prosecutor to whitewash him. I'm still waiting for someone to throw HIM under the bus!!!

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6 sworn in to Congress January 8, 2015 at 12:44 a.m.

@mhck52: Boozman was NOT sworn in again. As is typical during the official oath ceremony on the Senate floor, he accompanied Cotton to the podium and held his Bible.

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Rams owner planning NFL stadium in Los Angeles County January 5, 2015 at 7:45 p.m.

So now that's at least THREE proposed LA stadiums with NO TEAMS??? Of course this is just a scare tactic to get St. Louis to pay for a new stadium there. Perhaps Georgia Frontiere should never have moved the Rams there, but still the only way I see the Rams returning to Lalaland is if St. Louis voters pull a Houston: "Sure we'll build a new stadium -- FOR A NEW TEAM!" (Unlike Houston, that might NOT work in the No-Goodell era.) Sending the Raiders or even the Chargers to Farmers Field, the AEG-backed (and city-approved) proposal downtown next to Staples Center, makes more sense...

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New year brings new Dallas fee on single-use bags January 1, 2015 at 12:58 p.m.

This sounds like something good our legislature could do in the coming months: BAN stupid "bag taxes" like this in Arkansas. This makes me wonder if "Soda Tyrant" Mayor Bloomberg moved to Austin or Dallas...

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