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TGIF. Plus, sundown town news; a constitutional claim to freebies; investment in steel mill

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Happy it's Friday? I am. Here's the open line. And today's news video. PLUS:

* A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO FREEBIES AND UNLIMITED CASH: It had to happen and, frankly, thanks to Citizens Untied it's not that far-fetched. But Kentucky legislators have sued to say it's an unconstitutional restriction of free speech to set caps on campaign contributions and to prohibit lobbyists from giving them gifts or cocktail parties. Please. Nobody tell Sen. Jon Woods about this.

* BIG STEEL: Nucor-Yamato announced today it would invest $75 million for new steel-making capacity at its Blytheville mill. News release doesn't mention any job impact. Gov. Asa Hutchinson praised the expansion, but no mention if state made a contribution. Nucor in the past wasn't happy — sued in fact — over the state's huge subsidy of a competiting Big River steel mill in the area.

* NO COMMENT:  Brian Chilson sent this cell phone photo alongside the highway at Harrison, Ark., a former "sundown town" that numbers about 40 black people according to recent Census data and which is the post office address, coincidentally, for a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. White supremacists have been promoting their views with controversial signs there for several years.

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