On this edition of Ozarks, considering health care in the future.  Mercy Northwest launches a large expansion plan.

Jana Della Rosa, a Republican from Rogers, is backing a bill she says would make finding election information easier to find for Arkansas residents.

Yesterday, Mercy Northwest announced a $247 million investment into the community of NWA. It will include the opening of six clinics and a new tower to the current hospital, adding more than 1,000 jobs to the area over the next five years. A partnership with UAMS will expand training opportunities for student internists.  

Cautious Attitude Toward Chinese Investment

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This week's announcement that a large Chinese-based company is investing in southern Arkansas is welcomed as a triumph by many. Some, though, are urging a cautious approach to the development.  

A local preliminary event for the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival took place in Fayetteville in March. We meet two First Place Winners. The local chapter of Soldiers, Songs, and Voices is just one year old, but has made the difference in the lives of many through song.  

WEB EXTRA: Click below to listen to full-length versions of the songs and a poem.

    

The leaders of five heath care institutions in NWA came together during the first NWA Health Care Summit. Many of these leaders had never met one another yet share a mission. Topics included technology, challenges, and payment options.  

MUSIC: "Pardon" T.P. Orchestre Poly Rythmo

Norweigian born choral composer Ola Gjeilo, who was in residence with the UA music department in 2015, sees his major label debut on Decca. This Voces8 composer-in-residence combines contemporary with tradition that reaches back to the Middle Ages for a cinematic 21st century sound. Hear highlights on Thursday's program from 11 to noon on KUAF.

Ashley is a 13 year old and is in the eighth grade. She has been in the state's foster system since she was 11. She talks about her CASA, Deana.

Colleen Smith

During this segment we hear from a "CASA Couple".

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