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The good news open line: A new millionaire, fiery Stephanie Flowers and the resurgent manatee

Posted By on Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 4:26 PM

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It's a beautiful day. And to those who say there's never any good news, don't forget somebody in Stuttgart with a slip of paper in his or her pocket worth $60 million or so after taxes.

My own personal favorite good news of the week — after the uplift of Sen. Stephanie Flowers' takedown of gun nut Trent Garner on the floor of the Senate Friday following his reference to a "God-given right" to carry a gun — is news from Florida that my personal favorite animal, the bulldog of the aquatic world, the manatee, is no longer on the government's endangered list, upgraded to threatened.

Here's a link to Sen.Flowers floor speech, during the debate over the bill to provide a Razorback football exemption from a bill that otherwise hugely expanded the places you can take guns in Arkansas. Flowers voted for closing the door to guns at college athletic events, the State Hospital and UAMS. But she was unhappy about the larger push for more guns.

And here's more on the manatees, should you share my fascination.

click to enlarge GOOD NEWS FOR THE WEEK: The manatee no longer on the endangered list. That's good, isn't it? Not so fast. Environmentalists are fearful that the government change might lessen concern for the gentle giant. In the Trump era a change of government direction is always subject of suspicion.
  • GOOD NEWS FOR THE WEEK: The manatee no longer on the endangered list. That's good, isn't it? Not so fast. Environmentalists are fearful that the government change might lessen concern for the gentle giant. In the Trump era a change of government direction is always subject of suspicion.

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