On today’s show, a call for a new jail in Franklin County. Plus, Johnson County looks to the sun for a new energy project. And we learn about an event next week designed to encourage people to run for office.

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office offered tours of its existing jail facility, which was built in 1974, to make its case for a new facility, which requires approval from voters in a special election Aug. 8. The proposed half-cent sales tax increase would cover the costs of building a new jail and the operations and maintenance that would follow. The current jail has enough room for 36 beds, but regularly houses an average of 50 inmates a day.

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A happy hour Thursday evening in Fort Smith will allow people to see designs for the United States Marshals Museum and some new art.

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A session Monday in Bentonville will give potential candidates and campaign workers an idea of what it takes to run for office.

A Wednesday Roundup: Sales tax numbers are up in northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith, building permits are up in Bella Vista and Dwight Yoakam is coming to the River Valley.

CLARKSVILLE — Before a gathering of Rotarians enjoying corn on the cob and barbecue pork, inside a cool room at the University of the Ozarks, the state’s former lieutenant governor and the city’s utilities manager explain the prescience of a 20,000-module solar array in 20 slides.

 

It's a roughly $10 million investment, or about what the city itself spends in just eight months for power, since it doesn’t generate any itself, according to the manager, John Lester.

From a couple of chances to see Arkansauce for free to the opening of the KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series, there is a variety of music performances to see this weekend.

On today’s Ozarks, for a growing Marshallese population in northwest Arkansas, a physician who speaks their language. Plus, an intensive formula for exposure to a different culture; a foreign exchange program puts students from Muslim families abroad with American families. And considering what to do with an aging dam in Bentonville.

COURTESY / FRIENDS OF LITTLE SUGAR CREEK

Bentonville city leaders will have to decide what to do with the dam at Lake Bella Vista, which was declared failed in 2008. The city is considering removing and rebuilding the dam, but a local nonprofit organization called Friends of Little Sugar Creek would like to see the dam gone for good. Friends of Little Sugar Creek members say restoring the stream would eliminate the algae bloom problem and reconnect upstream and downstream fish populations.

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A Tuesday roundup: the Fayetteville Planning Commission tables a decision, the Fort Smith airport receives a grant and a possible sentence for the man thought to have destroyed the Ten Commandments.

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Several toddlers huddle under an oak tree on the Harrison town square pretending to burn something.

"P-wish," a little boy says.  "I’m going to light the fire up!”

Their parents stand a few feet away, with roughly 60 other Ku Klux Klan members holding placards as a gay pride parade goes by. The air vibrates with chants and counter-chants, some of the anti-LGBTQ shouts vulgar. The Klan protestors follow the pride procession for several blocks, converging on a local park where parade members are staging a small festival. Protestors are barred from the gated event so take up positions around the perimeter. Many are mothers pushing infants in strollers, children and teenagers, as well as single women, all members of the Christian Revival Center, operated by Pastor and Ku Klux Klan leader, Thomas Robb. 

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