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Updated on March 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

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Re: “Mayor Scott takes control of city information flow

Let the leaks begin.

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Posted by Vanessa on 03/23/2019 at 11:57 AM

Re: “The Mueller Report has been given to the attorney general, ending the Russian probe

The Mueller report is only the beginning of trumps legal troubles. New Yorks federal prosecutors and state prosecutors are next in line, and then New Jersey and Florida. Plus junior and Jared. Mostly it will be legal problems caused by women. Stormy and Karen and a couple of others.

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Posted by Vanessa on 03/22/2019 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Unprecedented spring flooding expected in 25 states, including Arkansas

DSS - The 1927 Flood is still the benchmark, but I don't think it will continue to be so for much longer. We cannot manage the rivers. The rivers will win every time. It may take them awhile, but they will win. We can, however, manage the infrastructure that we are willing to locate near rivers. And build bridges with a new kind of flooding in mind. That doesn't mean that there shouldn't be levees, just that the entire system needs re-evaluated so that it can be determined whether the purpose they were built to serve is worth it a hundred years later. Or where new levees might be a good idea. We can protect ourselves from the rivers without insisting that we can control them.

Also, it's *really* cool that you have that information from your grandmother. My grandmother's stories about how high the water in the Caddo could get have been confirmed. The Caddo bridge on US 70 is arced high over the normally flowing water for a reason.

Posted by Vanessa on 03/22/2019 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Police shoot motorist after crash in Sharp County

I was thinking the same thing, Going. But after reading the story I have to question whether the thing is idiots who try to get away from the cops in cars, or cops who don't know how to do anything other than shoot their wads. At this point it's a toss up.

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Posted by Vanessa on 03/22/2019 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Unprecedented spring flooding expected in 25 states, including Arkansas

Thanks for posting this, Max.
There needs to be purple along the lower Missouri between KC and StL. In 1993 there were so many roads closed because of flooding that the only east/west route went by my house. There was a lot less traffic in general 26 years ago, and the road has become an issue because of local traffic. It follows what used to be the Boone's Lick Road, which was originally a route used by Native Americans.…

After the '93 flood, state and federal money was used to purchase a lot of bottomland acreage. That land has been allowed to return to a more natural state, and no one misses the corn and beans that used to be grown in what was considered some of the best farmland around. It's not the best farmland around when it routinely floods.

More land needs purchased so that the flooding can occur naturally.…


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Posted by Vanessa on 03/22/2019 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Midweek: Headlines and the open line

Nowata County - Vinita - Oklahoma sheriff and her department all resign. I had a roommate from Vinita. She became the air force chaplain who stood up against forced religious participation in the Air Force. Nowata County women are something, huh? Judge tried to force her to unresign. Good for her. And her former department.…

An Oklahoma sheriff and all of her deputies have resigned en masse in protest of conditions in the county jail, according to NBC News.

Nowata County Sheriff Sue Barnett reportedly announced her resignation Monday in response to a judge ordering her to reopen the county's jail, where high levels of carbon monoxide hospitalized four of her employees in February.

Nowata District Judge Carl Gibson told Barnett, who was elected last November, that she would be held in contempt of court if she did not return more than 12 inmates to the jail, according to the network.

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Posted by Vanessa on 03/20/2019 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Midweek: Headlines and the open line

Leslie Newell Peacock's post about historical Arkansas, and that got me remembering that I never heard any updates about that ginormous wooden cross that maybe was planted by Hernando DeSoto.…

Were there tests? Did they get any results? Did I miss it? Was DeSoto an immigrant?

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Posted by Vanessa on 03/20/2019 at 7:21 PM

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