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I-30 planning study completed July 29, 2015 at 6:37 p.m.

@mhck52: First, do you REALLY wanna tear up the Hanger Hill neighborhood any more than it already has been? Widening I-30 can be done with only minimal new right-of-way, mostly at the river (new bridge) and in NLR (so the SB service road can cross the UPRR yard). Second, they are NOT gonna tear out Clinton National to extend I-630; a south turn to I-440 would only marginally improve traffic. Finally (and most importantly, as the study itself concludes), most of the traffic for which I-440 is useful uses it already; it's too far east for those going to Levy, JFK, North Hills, McCain Mall or most of Sherwood.

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Two sentenced for roles bringing meth from Compton to NWA July 29, 2015 at 6:28 p.m.

Wow, I thought it was coming from Compton in Newton County...

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Senate adds export-bank renewal to highway bill July 27, 2015 at 8:14 a.m.

@LevyRat: Those are NOT duplicate agencies. FHWA coordinates the building of roads by states; it funds AHTD's highway program. NHTSA promotes traffic safety; its Arkansas equivalent is the State Police's Highway Safety Office. FMCSA deals with trucks and other commercial carriers; it's the equivalent of AHTD's Highway Police and related activities (some of which was the pre-Nick Wilson Transportation Commission). There may be some duplication between the State Police & Highway Police, but NOT here.

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Arkansans concerned over I-55 bridge plan July 20, 2015 at 6:03 p.m.

Besides, I think we all can agree that Little Rock has a much better freeway system than Memphis. Heck, even Texarkana has better freeways than Memphis; only Pine Bluff is comparable (and they obviously don't have near as much traffic).

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Arkansans concerned over I-55 bridge plan July 20, 2015 at 5:55 p.m.

@Pobucker: Actually it's *five* highway bridges here -- three interstate (30, 430, 440) and two surface-street (Broadway & Main Street, the latter retrofitted for trolley also) -- plus one railroad and three pedestrian/bicycle. Memphis was stupid enough to convert its only surface-street bridge to an interstate (I-55's Memphis & Arkansas Bridge, built in 1949); there hasn't been a safe way to walk across the Mississippi there since, though they're now adding a pedestrian & bicycle path to one of the railroad bridges next to I-55. (Memphis only beats us in railroad bridges, mainly because both of theirs are still needed for mainline UP & BNSF traffic; we once had more but now have only one UP mainline that needs a bridge.) TDOT couldn't even get the courts to allow I-40 through a city park NOT on the river (Overton Park); just think of Memphis' excuses for not adding more river bridges. I agree it would be too expensive to do it now (neighborhood issues are why they can't fix the Crump interchange without closing the bridge), but not having the foresight to replace the bridge itself during this closure only makes it even worse.

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Cities keep anti-discrimination measures despite new law July 20, 2015 at 5:36 p.m.

The haters will sue, and they will lose. It's obvious that the law is targeted at local LGBT protections, as it was drafted in response to Fayetteville's first ordinance (barely voted down due to an unhealthy dose of Duggar BS); that puts it squarely against the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Romer v. Evans, striking down a similar ban in Colorado. (The judge in Tennessee probably didn't get what was going on, especially since I'm unsure what spurred that state's law.) Not only that, but LGBT is essentially a protected class in the Arkansas Constitution itself, thanks to the Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling in Picado v. Jegley over a decade ago; that court might not force the legislature to add LGBT to state anti-discrimination laws, but I seriously doubt they will allow the legislature to prevent localities from carrying out Picado on their own.

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Arkansans concerned over I-55 bridge plan July 20, 2015 at 11:40 a.m.

Since when is West Memphis so full of Chicken Littles? The I-40 bridge can handle the traffic; it's 6 lanes, same as BOTH interstates together at the West Memphis exit named for Sen. Ingram's own family. (Until just recently, construction narrowed the shared I-40/55 to 4 lanes, same as the narrowest parts of I-40 on the detour.) The bigger problem is all the backups in Memphis caused by poor TDOT freeway design; I-40 is only now being "fixed" (it won't be TRULY fixed till Overton Park -- or perhaps ALL of inner-city Memphis -- is plowed under so I-40 can go thru as originally planned), but even with capacity tweaks trucks STILL back up going onto that stupid cloverleaf ramp for main-lane I-55 NB at Crump, which ONLY the planned closure can fix without tearing up the neighborhood it's in. (IMO the bigger outrage is nobody at TDOT *or* AHTD thought of replacing the outdated I-55 bridge ITSELF during the closure.)

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Big Rock Interchange closures set for next week July 17, 2015 at 1:29 p.m.

Does this mean Big Rock (or "the Cloverleaf", as those of us who remember Mike Willingham used to call it -- oddly, NONE of the "leafs" were completely replaced by the flyovers) will be eternally under construction? Even when it's supposedly finished they're still working on it...

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Lane closures set in Grant, Calhoun counties July 16, 2015 at 10:57 a.m.

That's Arkansas 46 -- I know because I grew up in Redfield. There is *NO* U.S. 46 in Arkansas; that highway is entirely in New Jersey.

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$240,000 deal made for Osborne house July 15, 2015 at 2:19 a.m.

I wonder how much of a "boyfriend discount" the buyer got. I grew up in Redfield, so I don't wanna see the city taken for a ride...

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