On this edition of Ozarks, a conversation with the director of a new documentary investigating an old Fort Smith murder case. Plus, this week’s installment of the NWA Business Journal Report.

Rusti Barger, a stay-at-home mom of six, delivered her first two babies in the local hospital. When she became pregnant a third time in 1999, she and her husband David, from rural Faulkner County, chose to have a home birth. They hired a midwife who instructed her to undergo a state-mandated medical risk assessment. Barger made an appointment at the county public health clinic. And that’s where, she says, things went awry. 

COURTESY / WHO KILLED MISSY WITT?

Melissa Witt disappeared from a Fort Smith bowling alley on Dec. 1, 1994. Her body was found near Ozark on Jan. 13, 1995, but to this day, 22 years later, no one has been arrested in the case. Since 2015, LaDonna Humphrey has been using a Facebook page called "Who Killed Missy Witt?" and an anonymous tip line to develop new leads. Her work and that of her team will be compiled into a documentary, which they hope to release later this year.

NWA Economy Doing Well

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At this week's Quarterly Business Analysis Luncheon in Fayetteville, an economist said the Northwest Arkansas region continues to shine in per capita income, but household debt is a concern. We hear more in this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report.

Republicans React to Trump Budget

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Members of the Arkansas congressional delegation – all Republicans – say they’re still evaluating the proposed budget President Trump has sent to Congress.

Lt. Governor Tim Griffin is a former Congressman and U.S. attorney who worked on a special counsel case involving Clinton Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros. He recently joined Roby Brock from our content partner Talk Business and Politics for a unique perspective on what’s going on in Washington D.C.

This spring the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies and the University of Arkansas School of Law hosted a symposium titled "Violence in the Name of Honor."

On this edition of Ozarks, how the Arkansas Immunization Action Coalition is using grants to boost immunization rates. Also, a UAFS professor researches memes.

Randy Veach, president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, tells Talk Business and Politics' Roby Brock that several Arkansas crops have been devastated by recent floods.

MUSIC: "Trusty and True" by Damien Rice

The Arkansas Immunization Action Coalition, a group made up of nurses, doctors and other public health stakeholders, is offering 25 mini-grants to help improve the state's health through immunizations.

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A school district near Houston has apologized after a 13-year-old student received an award declaring her "Most Likely to Become a Terrorist."

The award was one of several "insensitive and offensive fake mock awards," the Channelview Independent School District said in a statement, and the teachers in question have been disciplined, KHOU in Houston reports.

GOP field for Tennessee governor soon to become more crowded

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Businessman Randy Boyd will happily talk at length about his role in creating Tennessee's free community college tuition program and his plans to attract more companies to the state and cut regulations to keep others from leaving.

But he's less eager to discuss the crowd of candidates likely to join him in the Republican field seeking to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam next year.

So far they include multiple state legislators, a businessman and a congresswoman, and there could be more.

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Denis Johnson, the author behind the seminal collection Jesus' Son, has died at the age of 67. Jeff Seroy, a spokesperson for Johnson's publisher, Farrar Straus and Giroux, confirmed that the National Book Award-winning novelist died Thursday but offered no further details.

"Denis was one of the great writers of his generation," FSG's president and publisher, Jonathan Galassi, said in a statement Friday. "He wrote prose with the imaginative concentration and empathy of the poet he was."

Missouri Senate committee advances utilities rate proposal

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Missouri customers wouldn't likely see a significant increase in their monthly electricity bills under a proposal allowing manufacturers that use a lot of electricity to negotiate lower rates, according to a Missouri Public Service Commission staff analysis presented to a Senate committee Thursday.

Carly Rae Jepsen, the pop star of our hearts, voices Odette in the animated film Leap!, which will see U.S. distribution in September. Her character is a caretaker who coaches a young girl (voiced by Elle Fanning) to become a ballerina in Paris. I sense whimsy and heartfelt speeches are in my future.

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