Ozarks at Large for Friday, July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018

On today’s show, an Arkansas Drought Council is forming to monitor and prepare for extreme dry conditions around the state. Plus, after surviving emergency brain surgery, Pat Ryan Key is ready to release some new music, and we find things to do on during a midsummer’s weekend and more.

Medical Marijuana Slow to Launch

Jul 13, 2018

Michael Tilley with Talk Business and Politics is with us again and this week, he discusses slow development of medical marijuana distribution in Arkansas, strong home sales in the Arkansas River Valley and flat sales tax revenues in Fort Smith.

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The Arkansas Drought Contingency Response Network coordinates efforts among agencies, organizations and the private sector to prepare for drought. Launched by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, the network not only alerts the public about impending drought, it also provides information on conservation and drought mitigation. Edward Swaim, ANRC Water Resources Division Manager, details the network's mission as well as the State Water Plan.

Record Food Donation

Jul 13, 2018

A Friday roundup includes a record food donation in northwest Arkansas and farmers' concerns about tariffs.

All You Need for Fun is Tape

Jul 13, 2018

Becca Martin Brown, with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says all you need to have a good time this weekend is some tape, and some curiosity.

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It’s been over two years since we’ve had local musician Pat Ryan Key in the studio. In that time, he’s battled cancer, gotten married and started a new band. Yesterday, he stopped by the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio with his bandmates Al Halpin and Zach Quam to perform their brand new single “Loves Her Rum.”

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, July 12, 2018

Jul 12, 2018

On today’s show, we hear about concerns for the health of the Mulberry River. Plus, research based in Bentonville is based in concern for small towns in the middle of the United States. That’s part of this week’s Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report. And we hear from Langhorne Slim, a songwriter concerned that we might lose hope.

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Levels of pH in the Mulberry River are plummeting. For the past several years a team of researchers led by USDA Agricultural Research Service scientist Philip Moore has been trying to sort out why. Moore, a river property owner, is also an active member of the Mulberry River Society which is working to conserve and improve the watershed.

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Langhorne Slim has been writing, recording and performing music for years. On July 19 he brings his music of optimism to Fayetteville, touring in support of his latest record, Lost at Last Vol. 1

A Thursday roundup includes grant money for IT training, new Medicare cards and more.

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And finally today, we are going to hear more about the creative life of Robin Williams. He is the subject of a new HBO documentary airing tomorrow night called "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind."

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Protests in Chicago escalated on Saturday night, becoming a tense clash between demonstrators and police over the fatal shooting of a man on the city's South Side.

On Sunday, police released a 30-second video clip from an officer's body-worn an camera showing a black man shot by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip. According to The Associated Press, the man was "running away and reaching toward his waist when he was shot multiple times."

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