On today’s show, is nuclear power’s comeback complete? Arkansas Nuclear One has a 20-year extension. Plus the US Marshals Museum plans to open in Fort Smith in 916 days. Also, the evolution of the past couple of centuries of American legal ethics.

Arkansas Nuclear One, a few miles northwest of Russellville, is among 61 commercial nuclear power facilities in the U.S. operating ninety-nine nuclear fission reactors. Constructed in the late 1970s and currently owned by Entergy, Arkansas Nuclear One operates two pressurized light water reactors with the capacity to generate 1,776 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 355,000 homes and businesses.

The reactors are cooled by water drawn from Lake Dardanelle. Thick white steam rising from the power plant's iconic six-story hyperbolic cement tower is visible for miles. Locals, Russellville Mayor Randy Horton says, divine weather conditions from the plume. 

“In the old days, we would drive to the base of the cooling towers and fish in the hot water discharge stream. It never was threatening, never been scary.”

Northwest Arkansas Continues to Grow

Mar 23, 2017

A Thursday roundup includes new numbers from the US Census Bureau regarding the continued growth for northwest Arkansas' population.

We continue our series of visiting scholar conversations this week with a discussion about the evolution of legal ethics in the United States.  Michael Ariens is writing a book on the subject.

Gauging Bird Flu Effect

Mar 23, 2017

Today's edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report examines concern about bird flu in the southern United States.

On today's program, we learn how the Center for Art and Education is laying plans to move to a new space in downtown Van Buren. Also, we learn how the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design is working with the School of Forest Resources at UA Monticello to source sustainable construction materials to promote forest growth.

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced this morning he signed legislation expanding where properly-trained concealed carry permit owners are allowed to take their guns.

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The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas is collaborating with the University of Arkansas’s Forest Resources Center in Monticello on a $250,000 grant project funded by USDA Forest Service Wood Innovations program to source sustainable foundational construction materials to promote forest health.

Considering the Death Penalty

Mar 22, 2017

A Wednesday roundup includes conversations in the Arkansas Legislature about the death penalty.

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The Center for Art and Education in Van Buren is in the middle of a fundraising campaign to pay for the work they have in store for their new location on Main Street in the city's downtown where revitalization efforts are underway.

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