Ozarks at Large for Friday, January 19, 2018

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On this edition of Ozarks at Large, the Fayetteville VA is looking for new leadership. We’ll have a conversation with the departing director. Also, we have an update on an audit of the Fort Smith Police Department.

Police Department Audit Still in Progress

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Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics has updates on an audit of the Fort Smith Police Department, construction of the U.S. Marshals Museum and home sales in the River Valley.

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Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks Director Bryan Matthews is leaving Fayetteville after two years to take a post as director at a veterans’ health care system in Biloxi, Miss.. Matthews raised the ranking of the VHCSO from a three-star facility to a five-star facility in less than one year. In our interview, Matthews discusses his accomplishments, the projects the VA is in the process of building and the challenges the VA faces going forward.


Tough Theatre on Stage in NWA

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This week and next, Becca Martin Brown of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says you can catch some plays with serious themes including Cabaret at Walton Arts Center and Animal Farm at Arts Live Theatre.

Jake Ames, Tyler Jordan and the Negative Space

Austin band Tyler Jordan and the Negative Space are a rock and roll band with a flair for writing sad songs. While the band was recently in Fayetteville, they stopped by the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio to give us a sampling of their music.

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Troika, the newest album from Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley, explores music of the Slavic soul. The cello and piano duo performs works of Russian composers Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich as well as more recently written, popular works. You can listen to an interview with the musicians during Thursday's edition of Of Note with Katy Henriksen.

With temperatures steadily dropping, most Arkansans are retreating indoors for the winter. Still, the Natural state never runs out of activities, even in chilly conditions. And, as Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette outdoor reporter Flip Putthoff explains, fishing is one of the best reasons to step outside this winter. 

Bruce Schultz, the principal horn player for the Symphony of Northest Arkansas, will have a chance to shine the spotlight on his instrument at SoNA's next performance. 

"If it's Wagner or Strauss, it can be very aggressive. If it's Debussy, Ravel, it can be more transparent," says Bruce Schultz, describing the color his instrument brings to symphonic music. "If it's Mozart, then it's very direct."

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, January 17, 2018

Jan 18, 2018

On today’s show, how a local architect created a space offering respect and dignity to people seeking healthcare. Plus, a Salvadoran mother explains how the termination of her Temporary Protected Status is impacting her family.

courtesy: Specialized Real Estate Group

The building at 15 N. Church Ave. in Fayetteville, which is home to Specialized Real Estate Group and Modus Studio, received a LEED Platinum certification this week. Platinum is the highest Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation that is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building was designed by Modus Studio and developed by Specialized Real Estate Group.


World and Area News

Rachael Denhollander was 15 the first time she went to see Larry Nassar, then the doctor for USA Gymnastics. Denhollander didn't tell anyone of authority about how he sexually assaulted her until years later, in 2004, when she was working as a gymnastics coach.

Nassar has admitted to sexually assaulting minors. He has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography, but has not yet been sentenced in a state case for sexually assaulting the athletes.

Updated at 12:22 a.m. ET

The federal government is now in a partial shutdown after Congress failed to pass a stopgap measure to keep funding going ahead of a midnight deadline.

It's an unprecedented situation given that shutdowns usually happen in times of divided government. But this is the first time it's happened with one party controlling both Congress and the White House.

The Senate is set to hold a vote before midnight on Friday on the bill the House passed last night to avert a government shutdown. If it passes, the government will remain funded for the next four weeks.

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The death of rocker Tom Petty in October 2017 came as a result of an accidental drug overdose with a toxic mix of drugs taken for several ailments, including a fractured hip.

The results of an autopsy were released Friday by Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner Jonathan Lucas.

Petty died at 66 of "multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity," according to a brief statement.

The drugs listed included "fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl."

In 1971, Winnette Willis was a 23-year-old single mom in Chicago when she became pregnant again. "I was terrified of having another child," she tells Radio Diaries.

Before the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade 45 years ago, abortion was illegal in most of the United States, including in Illinois.

Women like Willis who wanted to terminate their pregnancies had limited and often frightening options. She wasn't sure what to do. And then one day, while she was waiting on an L train platform, she saw a sign.

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