Ozarks at Large for Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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On today's show an update on the Clean Line Energy Partners project, the history of beer in Arkansas, a new brewery in Fort Smith, a preview of live music this weekend and a conversation with Joe Ely before his show at Walton Arts center.

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Planning by the Houston-based firm Clean Line Energy Partners to build five merchant interstate high-voltage direct-current electric transmission lines to transport new wind energy to Eastern and Southwestern U.S. utility markets continues. But a 300-mile-long section of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line through Arkansas continues to face legal challenge by Arkansas property owners as well as federal scrutiny by Arkansas's Congressional Delegation.

Next week we'll hear from several people about the 500th anniversary of The Protestant Reformation. Today, Pastor Katie Cummings at First Presbyterian Church in Bentonville tells us just a bit about how her congregation is observing the anniversary.

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Brewing in Arkansas has exploded in recent years, but the state has a much longer history with beer. Author Brian Sorensen explores the drink’s past in the Natural State in his new book “Arkansas Beer: An Intoxicating History.” He will be signing copies of his book at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Apple Blossom Brewing Company and Oct. 26 at Saddlebock Brewery. You can keep up with Brian by following him on Twitter.

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Beer is brewing in Fort Smith for the first time since the 1990s when Weidman's Old Fort Brew Pub was still in production. The Fort Smith Brewing Company opened its doors in Fort Chaffee in September and while the owners say they are starting slow to test the waters, they have big plans for the future.

From a house-style concert in Bella Vista and a vinyl release party in Fayetteville to folk shows throughout the area, we take a tour of the music to see in the next few days.

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Joe Ely has been writing songs, and performing them around the world, for decades. Tomorrow night he comes to the whttp://waltonartscenter.org.


The Fayetteville City Council voted 5 to 2 Tuesday evening to deny the appeal of the Planning Commission's August approval of the expansion of Morgan Manor, which is one of four low-income housing developments run by the Fayetteville Housing Authority. The FHA requested the approval of a large-scale development at Morgan Manor so the agency could move residents from another low-income housing development called Willow Heights into the new apartments that will be built at Morgan Manor.

Jan VanSchuyver, from the grassroots organization RESULTS, visits the Nancy Blair Operations Studio to talk about the group's upcoming advocacy workshop. The bipartisan initiative aims to demystify advocacy, teach people how to communicate with legislators and how to develop techniques for championing any cause important to them. 

Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Oct 17, 2017

On today’s show, a conversation about considering our homes as we get older. Plus,we hear why a new design for homes is becoming familiar in our region. And, John Brummett tries to parse what's next for Arkansas’ approach to health care.


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World and Area News

When the winds are just right on an October afternoon, clouds of smoke can be seen from the rural highways of Mississippi County. 

Once in a while, an out-of-state motorist calls 911 to report a fire, but most people who live and work in the county are familiar with the phenomenon.  It’s agricultural burning, a widely used but controversial practice that allows the farmers to clear their fields quickly after a harvest and get ready for the next season.

If there's one thing President Trump's critics want from him, and he refuses to give up, it's his tax returns.

The returns didn't come up during Wednesday's hearing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. But the hearing was the first step in a process that could loosen Trump's grip on them.

If the next step goes the plaintiffs' way, the case could make the president's tax returns surface.

Editor's note: This story contains graphic language.

As women around the world tell their stories of sexual harassment and assault using the phrase "#MeToo," one prominent voice added her own harrowing account.

Four American soldiers were killed in action in Niger this month.

Their deaths made a few headlines at the time. But this week they are in the news again, with far more prominence, because of a bitter political debate over presidential condolence calls.

The sudden prominence of the soldiers' deaths — but in a way that highlights political tension and factual disputes, rather than honoring of sacrifice — has left some military advocates struggling for words and striving to redirect attention back to the original loss.

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