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It's back -- public drinking

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It's not exactly surprising, but work is underway again to pass legislation to allow Bourbon Street-style street drinking in the River Market. The legislation passed in 2005, but was vetoed in the waning hours of the session by Gov. Mike Huckabee. (If only somebody had pledged his presidential PAC $10,000, he probably would have allowed it to become law as he did Charles Cella's gambling bill.)

The bill will be discussed at a meeting next week of the River Market District Neighborhood Association -- 3 p.m. Oct. 18. Some people in the neighborhood oppose the bill to allow public drinking in an entertainment district. An art gallery and a major library are among the businesses that don't depend on swilling for a livelihood and might even fear some negative fallout from same.

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