A major mumps outbreak in Arkansas which started last autumn has affected both children and adults, especially in the state's migrant Marshallese community. On today's program, we learn why scientists are investigating if vaccine immunity is to blame. Also, two of the members of Sad Daddy join us in the studio to get us ready for the annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival, taking place next weekend in Eureka Springs

Walmart, Whirlpool and the Web

Jan 13, 2017
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Michael Tilley from our partner Talk Business and Politics helps us understand the week we just had with news from Bentonville and Fort Smith.

MUSIC:"Central Nervous Piston" El Ten Eleven

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A major mumps outbreak in Arkansas which started last autumn has affected both children and adults, especially in the states's migrant Marshallese community. Because a majority sickened by the virus are vaccinated, scientists are investigating if vaccine immunity is to blame.

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The University of Arkansas Police Department has dedicated its recently upgraded conference room in memory of Lawrence J. “Larry” Slamons, the first director of UAPD. Friends and family members who gathered at yesterday's ceremony shared memories of Slamons who retired from UAPD in 2007 and died last year.

Another Tax Relief Suggestion

Jan 13, 2017

An Arkansas legislator is offering an alternative to a tax rate reduction for the state's lowest-income earners.

MUSIC: "Friday the 13th" Steve Jablonsky

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is inviting people with collections to show them off. Becca Martin Brown from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says some of the collections will surprise.

The Ozark Mountain Music Festival takes place January 19 through 22 in Eureka Springs. Among the bands performing during the festival is Eureka Springs-based band Sad Daddy.

On today's program, we learn about a documentary being made about a former amusement park in the Ozarks that's fallen on hard times for the past few decades. We also learn about proposed legislation that would ban Arkansas public school students from using cell phones while in school, and we get a roundup of other legislative happenings from the first few days of the 91st Arkansas General Assembly.

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A state lawmaker has proposed banning student cell phones and other electronic devices on public school campuses in Arkansas.

Marijuana, Rules and Plans

Jan 12, 2017

We have a roundup of the first few days of the Arkansas Legislature's session. Medical marijuana, changes in how committees are formed and more included in the first week's agenda.

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