On today's program, Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics explains why proposed new leadership at the EPA may be seen as favorable by the city of Fort Smith. We hear about how Gov. Asa Hutchinson's "Arkansas Works" Medicaid expansion plan may appeal to Republicans in Washington, D.C. looking for a compromise to the Affordable Care Act, and we get a preview of an annual holiday concert, featuring five musical duos and benefiting Open Avenues.

EPA and Fort Smith

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Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics explains why people in Ft. Smith have a keen interest in possible new leadership at the EPA.

Listen to the story here. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he’s secured federal approval to keep the state’s public/private healthcare partnership, renamed “Arkansas Works," but a debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act continues at the federal level, and Arkansas’s budget remains deeply dependent on federal money from “Obamacare.” In 2014 Hutchinson was elected on a promise to dismantle the state’s Obamacare model. This week he traveled to Washington for federal approval to keep and...

Ho, Ho . . . and Ho

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The holiday season is in full gear with Christmas plays, concerts, displays and more. Becca Martin Brown , with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is able to give us a rundown of the cheery options.

This month, five duos will gather for a Christmas concert to benefit Open Avenues in Rogers. We get a preview.

Community Spotlight - The KUAF Giving Tree

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The Children's Emergency Shelter (CES) is this years recipient of the The KUAF Giving Tree. In this segment, Ashley Ahlert, the Advancement Coordinator of CES, speaks about the work the shelter does within the community as well as their needs during the holidays.

Arkansas is one of 15 states that expressly permit corporal punishment in schools, and data logged by the Arkansas Department of Education reveals certain public school districts continue to choose corporal punishment as a means of discipline. On today's program, we hear from school discipline reform advocates who say the practice is not only harmful but that it doesn't work either. Also, we hear about a program in Bella Vista that aims to help residents receive their life-saving treatments...

The hand, the strap, or the paddle? Choosing the preferred instrument of pain as well as number of strokes against the bottoms of unruly public school students remains legal in Arkansas, and twenty-one other states. “My understanding is that it’s typically a wooden paddle,” says Kristen Garner, staff attorney for Arkansas School Boards Association. She monitors public school discipline practices. “The most prevalent is to be spanked on the rear end.”

The city of Bella Vista is now accepting requests for priority snow removal for medical conditions including chemotherapy, dialysis, radiation and home hospice care. The primary goal of the program is to help residents receive their life-saving treatments during inclement weather.

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Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton talked to Roby Brock, with Talk Business and Politics , about legislation recently passed in Washington and recent appointments announced by President-elect Trump.