On today's show, one of the grandest movie theaters in Northwest Arkansas in the 1950s and 60s reopens after years of renovations, the City of Rogers proposes annexing nearly 4,000 acres of unicorporated land, and Ken Burns asks Arkansas Vietnam War veterans to tell their stories.

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The Apollo was one of the grandest movie theaters in Northwest Arkansas in the 1950s and 60s. After falling into a state of disrepair and remaining empty for years, the building has been renovated and converted into a rental venue in Springdale.  

The City of Rogers is proposing the annexation of nearly 4,000 acres of unincorporated land on the east and west sides of Highway 112. The largest tract of land is nearly 3,500 acres on the west side of the highway. The annexation would mean services like water and sewer would be extend into the annexed areas, but it would also mean increased property taxes for those who live there. The city would hold a special election for Rogers residents and those who live in the areas marked for annexation.

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Evin Demirel's new book, African-American Athletes in Arkansas chronicles a vist from Muhammad Ali in 1969, barnstorming baseball and much more.

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On a blistering Monday afternoon in July, retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. George Hollingsworth sat down with Hot Springs Village Voice managing editor Jeff Meek to talk about the Vietnam War.

"I hope this," Hollingsworth said, meaning Ken Burns' The Vietnam War, and perhaps his own small part here on this set, "could start a national dialogue again about America, not only its tendency to war, but its tendency to govern in a dishonest fashion."

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This week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report examines many of the ways Frank Broyles had an impact on Arkansas.  

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American pianist Simone Dinnerstein chose the unlikely setting of Cuba to tackle two Mozart piano concertos. "In Havana, wherever you walk there is music," she explains of the vibrant city. The resulting Mozart in Havana, a collaboration with the vibrantly youthful Havana Lyceum Orchestra conducted José Antonio Méndez Padrón, exemplifies the way music transcends boundaries.

On today's show, local sheriffs hear from the community about their decision to participate in the 287(g) program that allows deputies to get involved in immigration enforcement. Plus, the staff at the Buffalo National River puts together a song parody to encourage visitors to come see the solar eclipse at the park and Farmington students start the year at a new high school.

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Local and national officials affiliated with the 287(g) program hosted an annual meeting Aug. 15 to explain the initiative to the public as well as listen to questions and comments from community members.  

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Supporters of a program that allows undocumented children to stay in the U.S. are urging Arkansas’s Attorney General to change her position on the issue.

A large group of supporters and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program crowded into the Little Rock office of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday. They met with Carl Vogelpohl, Rutledge’s Chief of Staff, and presented him with a petition organized by the Arkansas United Community Coalition.

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Jerry Lewis, a comedic fixture on big screens and charity telethons for decades, has died at the age of 91.

His death was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and confirmed by NPR with his publicist and spokeswoman Candi Cazau.

Cazau provided the following statement:

"Famed comedian, actor, and legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home in Las Vegas with his family by his side."

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