The line is open. Close-outs:
* PENNY LANE: The Metroplan board talked today about the replacement Broadway bridge, including how traffic would be handled at the end of the bridge. Director Jim McKenzie said a roundabout, rather than a massive signalized intersection, was discussed as an alternative for the north end of the bridge.
* DENTIST ARRESTED IN POLK COUNTY: Charged with burglary, stalking and kidnapping. Cato?
* NLR RAPE ARREST: Fox 16 reports arrest of teen rape suspect in North Little Rock, accused of raping another student.
* DELTIC AT WORK: Some interesting comments have developed on the thread about last night’s hearing on a land use plan for the Lake Maumelle watershed. I also asked Van McClendon, the Pulaski County planning director, if a late additon to the plan, allowing denser residential development (8,400 more homes could be contributing to potential runoff into the area’s chief water supply), was directly supplied by Deltic Timber, which owns 55,000 acres in the watershed. In short, yes, though the Q&A took a bit to reach that point. Our e-mail exchange follows: