Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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On today’s show, Walmart workers are now able to enroll in college, paying just a dollar a day, under a new education benefit. Plus, the Fayetteville Public Library expansion takes another step toward reality. And the case for Sherm Lollar, Arkansas baseball all-star, to be in the Hall of Fame.

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Walmart workers can now enroll in online college courses, paying just a dollar a day. Walmart Senior Manager of Corporate Communications Erica Jones says the new company benefit, announced early this summer, is geared toward supporting associates seeking a debt-free way to obtain degrees in business and supply chain management.

Five Issues for November

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Rex Nelson, senior editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, talks with Roby Brock, from our partner Talk Business and Politics, about five possible issues on the Arkansas ballot this fall.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is tonight. Arkansas native Sherm Lollar played in eight such games but is not enshrined in Cooperstown. Jerry Hogan explains why Sherm should be in the Hall of Fame.

Reacting to Helsinki

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A Tuesday roundup includes Arkansas reaction to President Trump's press conference yesterday, a drug warning and prep for a national championship in Fayetteville.

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Fayetteville Public Library and Fayetteville city officials kicked off the library's expansion project Tuesday morning with the start of demolition of the old City Hospital building. The Fayetteville Public Library Foundation also announced the launch of its Beyond Words campaign to raise the remaining $23 million necessary for the expansion. The bricks from this week's demolition will be available to the public July 19 - 21 on a first-come-first-served basis.

Not At All French

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Our Militan Grammarian uses a World Cup victory as inspiration to examine what is, and isn't, truly French.

Alcohol Ink and Art

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Shawna Elliott is The Empowered Painter. During a visit to her Springdale studio space she explained how she uses alcohol ink to create some of her work.

Scratching the Surface: It's A Comet, It's An Asteroid... No, it's 'Oumuamua

Jul 16, 2018
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In October 2017 the Pan Starrs telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii caught a glimpse of something unusual. Initially classified as a comet and then as an asteroid, the small (800 feet)  disc-shaped rock called 'Oumuamua tumbled into our orbit and became the first of a new class of interstellar objects.

Ozarks at Large for Monday, July 16, 2018

Jul 16, 2018

On today’s show, how and why some are trying to reduce the use of a certain plastic item in northwest Arkansas. Plus, a workforce program at UAFS is giving high school students concurrent credit while studying fields like robot automation.


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