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Re: “Union Pacific train blocks access to Pulaski community for seven hours

I assumed it was a train malfunction, when reading the headline, to cause a town to be cut off for 7 hours. Now, to learn it was just standard operating procedure, I am stunned. I would certainly think -- for DOT, EMS, or any host of reasons -- a train can not intentionally shut off access to a town for hours on-end!

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 03/15/2019 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Little Rock offers down payment help for first-time homebuyers

The program will raise the cost of lower-cost homes, further putting them out of reach of the people intended to be helped. Real estate agents, mortgage brokers, title companies, etc. will be fine with the plan, though. :)

Posted by AA5B Tiger on 02/15/2019 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Republican group also fails in Bentonville mayoral intervention

As a Bentonville resident and absolutely no ill-will toward Jim Webb, we voted for Stephanie Orman simply because of the amount of advertising by Webb. His face was beyond everywhere -- physically and online. We'd also get multiple "push polls" where someone would call to sound like they were doing nonpartisan polling but the questions where phrased so it was obviously Webb behind the "poll". e.g. "Due to Jim Webb's strong character, family values, and proven leadership, how likely are you to vote for him in the upcoming runoff election?" Then blind texts would show up on our mobile phones. Such tactics were just creepy and cheesy all wrapped up in one -- and unrelenting in an amount that really made any "dark money" comment stick like superglue. That made us start to view him very skeptically due to the sheer amount of over-exposure. For example, Webb showed up in a live-shot of a local TV station in the square reporting allegations that Webb offered a job to a former opponent in return for his endorsement, unannounced, and just kinda slowly walked into the shot and started calling out Orman on live TV. If he didn't have so much over-the-top advertising behind him, such a move probably would have come across as an honest candidate just defending his name. As it was, it seemed like a redneck that had one too many beers, wasn't too bright or controlled, and therefore fed into the narrative he was just a puppet for unseen deep pocket interests. All that moved us to Orman despite having no substantive disagreements with Webb's platform. FWIW

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 12/26/2018 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Jermain Taylor charged with domestic assault

Sad to see so much potential squandered.

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 08/30/2018 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Acxiom to sell data business for $2.3 billion

The portion of "Acxiom" they are keeping is LiveRamp. It's always been in San Francisco so nothing is really moving there. LiveRamp was an acquisition several years back that was made by the current leadership. It's really the only portion of Acxiom that has any growth.

The part that was sold was the original Acxiom that started up in Conway decades ago, which has been stagnant for a while. I don't think that old-line business, which was sold, will be immediately and wholesale moved. However, I would expect some pretty good layoffs to happen as you don't need duplicate accounting, HR, sales, etc. staffs. Longer term I'd guess the odds are 50/50 on if what is left stays in Conway / Central Arkansas.

One area Acxiom has been trying to grow in the old line business that sold is custom marketing databases; however, a good bit of that work has been taking place in Austin for a good while and not in Arkansas anyway.

All told, I'd say there will be some immediate pain with duplicate position layoffs and a good bit of waiting-and-seeing what stays in Conway, if anything. Probably fair odds real estate in Conway is going to get pretty risky for a while.

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 07/02/2018 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Grim and grimmer: The open line

Just think how many things would be different if Robby Mook had decided to actually try in Wisconsin instead of never showing up and letting Trump win a pivotal state.

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 06/27/2018 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Police find body in Arkansas River; apparently that of missing wedding guest

I got put up in a hotel near JFK in NYC years back due to a canceled flight. Was about 8pm so I thought I'd go for a run. The valet stops me and says, "don't even think about running around here". The next morning, in the ride out, I see razorwire, bars over windows, etc. The guy probably saved my life.

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 05/21/2018 at 11:06 PM

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