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Spending and the Arkansas Budget

Dec 14, 2017
NWA Business Journal

In this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Bart Hester, a state senator from Cave Springs, discusses taxes, budgets and the future.

Ozarks at Large for Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dec 13, 2017

In recent editions of our show we’ve explored shortages in Arkansas of nurses, truck drivers and teachers. Today, we report about a northwest Arkansas shortage of paramedics...and how Northwest Arkansas Community College is trying to reduce that shortage. Plus, we learn about a new gym in Lowell that aims to train area residents to be the next American Ninja Warrior.

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Emergency medical service providers in Northwest Arkansas are coping with a shortage of paramedics required to meet the region's expanding population. Central EMS in Fayetteville, which takes 911 calls from a 920-square mile region, is calling on local communities to provide reinforcements. We talk to Chief Becky Stewart.

Courtesy: Flip Side Ninja Park

American Ninja Warrior is a show on NBC where athletes attempt to make their way through an obstacle course quicker than their fellow competitors. Flip Side Ninja Park is a new gym in Lowell where, once constructed, local athletes can train and learn the skills needed to compete on American Ninja Warrior and other obstacle course races.

The American novelist Washington Irving has plenty to do with popular celebrations of Christmas in the United States. Tracy S. Morris, the author of the blog and podcast "I Am Not Making This Up" returns to Ozarks at Large to explain.

Culinary Pronunciations

Dec 13, 2017

Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, this week combines two passions: cooking and grammar.

Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dec 12, 2017

On today’s show we remember Roy Reed with a conversation from 2012 when his memoir, Beware of Limbo Dancers, had just been published by the University of Arkansas Press. Plus, we have a conversation about the holidays...a time for traditions that bring us together and traditions that allow us to realize our differences. And, we get John Brummett’s take on congressional resignations.

Remembering Roy Reed

Dec 12, 2017

We listen to an interview recorded in 2012 with Roy Reed about his then-new memoir, "Beware of Limbo Dancers: A Correspondent's Adventures with the New York Times. He discussed the ups and downs of reporting on deadline and read from his New York Times account of the march in Selma, Alabama.

We continue our series of conversations about diversity in everyday life with Niketa Reed, clinical assistant professor in the University of Arkansas' School of Journalism. Today the topic is winter holidays and the traditions we observe.


World and Area News

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth episode in the widely popular intergalactic series, ascended to first place among American and Canadian movie-goers in its debut weekend.

From Friday through Sunday, it brought in an estimated $220 million domestically, making it the No. 1 debut of the year, according to Disney. Its weekend haul also earns it the title of the second biggest domestic debut of all time, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, its predecessor released in 2015.

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Opponents of special counsel Robert Mueller ramped up their attacks over the weekend with a new claim that he improperly collected thousands of emails from President Trump's transition team and is using them as an illegitimate basis for much of his investigation.

Mueller's office said his team has obtained all the evidence it's using in its investigation properly. And Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed him, told Congress last week that he monitors Mueller's operation closely and has seen nothing improper.

Police have launched an investigation after a woman working at the British Embassy was found strangled on a roadside outside the capitol city of Beirut on Saturday, Lebanese officials said.

NPR's Ruth Sherlock has confirmed with the embassy that the victim is Rebecca Dykes, a British national.

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca," her family said in a statement, released by the Foreign Office. "We are doing all we can to understand what happened. We request that the media respect our privacy."

As was her habit, 22-year-old Bethany Stephens took her dogs for a walk in the woods near her childhood home in Goochland, Va., about 30 miles outside Richmond. But when she did not return home by Thursday night, her father grew concerned and called police, who made a terrible discovery. Stephens had been attacked and killed by her own dogs, police say.

As the year winds down, three new crew members are set to begin a mission aboard the International Space Station. Early Sunday, an American, a Russian and a Japanese astronaut blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in a Soyuz spacecraft.

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