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ASU official: No charges in golf-club accident August 22, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

I don't care if he's the chancellor OR the president of ASU. Unless he's speaking for the Craighead County prosecutor, his opinion on whether or not charges are appropriate is NOT NEWS!!!
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According to the article, the kid was ABUSING the golf club by "using (it) like a baseball bat to hit a football when it splintered". If I were prosecutor and the girl dies, I would SERIOUSLY consider manslaughter or negligent homicide charges (though not murder).

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Evacuees returned to homes, some road blocks cleared August 18, 2014 at 5:54 a.m.

@Flavius: I thought that's why UP still operates both the old MoPac & Cotton Belt routes across Arkansas separately: Thru freight trains generally go north on one route, south on the other. (Don't remember which is which.) Ironically, one of the required exceptions to that is Amtrak; otherwise that would lead to, say, passengers getting on at Walnut Ridge (the current NE AR stop on MoPac) on the way back not being able to get off any closer than Jonesboro or Paragould (on Cotton Belt). Also, rail traffic beginning or ending on either route is probably exempt due to limited turnaround facilities; that likely includes one of the two trains here.

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Alcohol petition adds 6,332 pages August 16, 2014 at 11:45 p.m.

Wet-dry was a great idea for the '30's & '40's, but it's become a joke. Just look at all the restaurants in Benton & Conway with "private club" permits; they were also common in Rogers & Bentonville till Benton County went "wet" two years ago. (Need I remind you that's the most "yellow-dog Republican" county in Arkansas?) And to even HAVE a wet-dry election you need 38% of *ALL* registered voters in the county (or other area) just to SIGN your petition; that's pretty close to the number of wet votes you need to win.
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Walmart (with a little help from Kum & Go) backed petition drives to get wet-dry measures on the ballot in Saline, Faulkner & Craighead Counties; only Saline succeeded (and just barely). The number of signatures needed for wet-dry in those three counties alone is just barely below the the number of STATEWIDE signatures needed for THIS petition to do away with wet-dry altogether. It's obvious Wallyworld is behind this; they wouldn't have allowed them to set up outside their stores otherwise. (I support it anyway, but with my eyes wide open; I'd rather support Walmart than, say, the Conway County liquor stores who bankrolled Marlin Hawkins' machine back in the day.)

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Nucor Steel sues over Big River Steel mill August 12, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

Big River should countersue Nucor for violating the antitrust laws (and the anti-monopoly provisions of the Arkansas Constitution) by filing this frivolous lawsuit obviously intended to block a competing steel mill for reasons having NOTHING to do with the environment.

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Justices urged to bury ID law August 12, 2014 at 1:04 p.m.

@Popsmith: Apparently the 14th Amendment was left out of your Constitution...

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Water-rate plans flummox Bauxite August 11, 2014 at 11:11 a.m.

Benton has been around since 1837, shortly after statehood; it (along with Benton County & Bentonville) was named for Thomas Hart Benton, the Missouri senator who championed Arkansas' admission to the Union. (He was the great-uncle of the painter also named Thomas Hart Benton.) Bauxite may be older than Bryant, but *NOT* Benton; the mineral it's named for wasn't discovered in Saline County till the 1890's, long after Benton was founded.

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Week left for signatures on wage petition August 11, 2014 at 11:04 a.m.

For the additional signatures, the minimum-wage petitioners got some indirect help from an unusual source: Walmart. Since the Walmart-backed "all-wet" amendment also needed more signatures AND for the add-on phase these petitioners hired the same canvassing firm (National Ballot Access) as the "all-wet" petitioners, Walmart ended up allowing solicitations for BOTH petitions in front of its stores even though they will almost certainly oppose the minimum-wage measure in November -- and are DEFINITELY opposed to the unions that backed it. (The main reason they are so restrictive on solicitations in front of stores is to keep union pickets away.) Politics, as they say, makes for strange bedfellows...

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Meetings to begin over I-30 corridor August 11, 2014 at 10:54 a.m.

@KCSAP: I-30 downtown is already off-limits to hazmat trucks, and most other trucks avoid it BECAUSE it's so overcrowded; neither is likely to change even after widening. Not to mention that in reality, your opinion is ABSOLUTELY WRONG; in fact limiting trucks causes them to bunch up in ways that make it HARDER for ordinary cars to get around them. (I know that from driving I-30 from Little Rock to Bryant every Sunday; sometimes the trucks are so bunched up in the two right-hand lanes that I have a hard time getting thru them to the Bryant exit ramp.) Try getting your view of trucks from the REAL world, NOT Peter Miller commercials...

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3 suing clerk's office over alcohol petition August 10, 2014 at 3:29 p.m.

Elizabeth Robben Murray *KNOWS* her argument is a red herring. In U.S. Term Limits v. Hill, 316 Ark. 251 (1994) -- a challenge to the term-limits amendment in which she (then Elizabeth J. Robben) PERSONALLY participated on behalf of original plaintiff Bobbie Hill -- the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the enacting-clause language of Amendment 7 applies ONLY to "initiated bills", or petitions proposing a new ORDINARY state law or county or municipal ordinance. It does NOT apply to OTHER types of petitions such as constitutional amendments (i.e., term limits AND the proposed statewide "all-wet" amendment), referendum petitions, and "statutory petitions" authorized by state law rather than Amendment 7 (i.e., wet-dry petitions).
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Ironically, if her argument applying the "initiated bills" language of Amendment 7 applied here, then this petition needs *ONLY* 15% of the vote for Saline County circuit clerk at the 2012 election -- *NOT* 38% of ALL registered voters in Saline County as the wet-dry law calls for. This is just another in the numerous hypocrisies in Arkansas liquor laws that have led me to support the "all-wet" amendment to get rid of wet-dry altogether, even though I don't drink. (I also live in Pulaski County so I can't vote on the Saline County wet-dry measure.)

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Google Street View car crashes in LR August 7, 2014 at 9:09 p.m.

I figured it was Tyler instead of Taylor, but since Tyler runs one way SOUTH (away) from Cantrell he would have been going the wrong way AFTER making the U-turn, NOT before as the article suggests.

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