Ozarks at Large for Monday, September 25, 2017

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On today's program, we learn about a new project that aims to make more affordable housing available in Eureka Springs. Also, we learn about the history of the World Trade Center-Arkansas in Rogers as the center celebrates ten years in existence. And, a conversation with Syard Evans, the next CEO of Arkansas Support Network.

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Eureka Christian Health Outreach, or ECHO, has been providing free healthcare to those without insurance for more than 10 years and now the clinic's co-founders, Dan and Suzie Bell, are moving ahead with plans to build a village of affordable homes in Eureka Springs. The Bells believe having a stable home is crucial to both mental and physical health.

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, explains the mission of the World Trade Center in Rogers. The center recently marked ten years of operation in northwest Arkansas.

Syard Evans will become the new CEO at Arkansas Support Network Jan. 1, 2018. Keith Vire, the leader of the organization for the past 26 years will retire from the post. We ask her about the transition, the ASN mission and how Graham-Cassidy might affect Arkansans with developmental disabilities.

A Monday roundup: Senator Boozman supports Graham-Cassidy and former Governor Beebe opposes it.

The Saint Louis-based company that makes dicamba is responding to a proposed ban on the high-tech weed killer for the 2018 growing season.

Ty Vaughn, global regulatory vice president for Monsanto, said the company is disappointed and troubled by a vote from the state plant board to pursue a ban on farm applications of dicamba after April 15.  Vaughn said dicamba is being used successfully in other states.

“We’ve seen growers in 33 states over the past year have really good success with our system.  Our main goal here is to allow growers in Arkansas to have the same access,” said Vaughn.

Ozarks at Large for Friday, September 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017

On today’s show, we get the latest in the saga surrounding Fayetteville’s anti-discrimination ordinance. Plus, we hear from an expert about hiking for more than just a couple of hours. Also, we hear about the race that will take runners from Eureka Springs to Lake Fort Smith to Prairie Grove.

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Sep 22, 2017

Michael Tilley, from Talk Business and Politics, explains how the medical and retail landscapes continue to shift every day.

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Arkansas LGBT civil rights took center stage during a pretrial hearing in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday where Judge Doug Martin will consider the constitutionality of Act 137 of 2015. The state law bars Arkansas cities and counties from enacting LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinances. In two rulings Martin set the tone for future proceedings, refusing to stay Fayetteville's non-discrimination ordinance and rejecting another motion by the state to quash depositions of several legislators accused of bias in the sponsoring of Act 137.

The Outback in the Ozarks race sends runners all over northwest Arkansas, through five state parks, over hills and into the middle of the night.

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The tumult in the sports world continued Monday after President Trump's incendiary remarks criticizing NFL players who have protested racial inequality during the playing of the national anthem. While the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals showed solidarity with the protesters before their Monday night football game, NASCAR figures and Olympic athletes also weighed in.

When Hurricane Maria raked Puerto Rico last week as a Category 4 storm, it cut off electricity and communications island-wide, including at the Arecibo Observatory, one of the world's largest radio telescopes.

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The proposal the Senate is considering that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would result in millions losing health insurance and a $133 billion reduction in the deficit by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office's report on the Graham-Cassidy legislation.

The latest Republican push to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act appears to have met the fate of all previous Senate repeal efforts this year — it doesn't have the votes needed to pass the chamber.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced Monday that she will oppose the bill, authored by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy. Collins' decision means three Republicans have now publicly said they are against the bill — and that is one more than the GOP could afford to lose.

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