On today’s show, bringing stories to children during the summer: the Pea Ridge Book Bus makes sure reading doesn’t go away during the summer. Plus, stories collected of Arkansas’ history will have a new home. This morning, the Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History announced this morning it is again part of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. And TheatreSquared can’t wait to tell stories in its new, now-under-construction theater:

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After it had been under the supervision of the University of Arkansas chancellor's office for several years, the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History is now back to being part of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. College Dean Todd Shields says the Pryor Center will now feature a speaker series similar to the one organized by the Clinton School of Public Service, as well as an academic component that will allow professors to teach courses at the center.

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TheatreSquared officially is building a new, permanent theater. The groundbreaking was held late Friday afternoon.

A Monday roundup: Fort Smith back to recycling, Governor Hutchinson talks foreign trade trip and Bentonville moves a city office.

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In emphatic language, the Supreme Court of the United States Monday reversed the Arkansas Supreme Court’s lopsided decision to deny non-birth parents in a same-sex marriage a place on their child’s birth certificate.

In a per curiam order, not a decision, in Marisa N. Pavan, et al. v. Nathaniel Smith, the six-member majority further staked the court’s landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

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