A Friday digest includes fires in and around Eureka Springs and Governor Asa Hutchinson's plans to reduce state agencies.

While traveling from Missouri to Texas for shows, the trio The Accidentals visited the Firmin-Garrner Performance Studio. Their latest CD, Odyssey, mixes pop, folk, classical and more. The band will be back in northwest Arkansas in May to perform at the Power of Music Festival in Bentonville.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mar 15, 2018

On today's show, the fate of a controversial industrial swine breeding facility federally permitted five years ago to operate six miles upstream of the Buffalo National River is at the center of an extraordinary Arkansas legislative special session this week. Plus, a local teen offers cancer patients free makeovers and Arkansas researchers come up with a blood test that can help detect some forms of cancer in their early stages.


The fate of C&H Hog Farms, a controversial industrial swine breeding facility federally permitted five years ago to operate six miles upstream of the Buffalo National River, was at the center of an extraordinary Arkansas legislative special session this week. The Arkansas General Assembly approved a bill that would protect hog farmers from lawsuits for certain environmental issues once their waste permits are approved.


Hundreds of students from Fayetteville High School marched to the Washington County Courthouse Wednesday where they displayed signs and shouted slogans in an effort to spark change to school gun violence. Members of the community and students from Har-Ber High School also participated in the demonstration.

Local teenager, Molly Townsend, is providing free makeovers to cancer patients at an event she’s calling Makeup is My Wig. The event’s title comes from a slogan by YouTube star Talia Castellano who created makeup tutorials and described her battle with two forms of cancer in videos. She passed away in 2013 at the age of 13. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Researchers at Stage 1 Diagnostics in Little Rock have developed a blood test that can detect early-stage cancer by measuring a patient's levels of hepsin, a protein associated with tumor development. The blood test will be available at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Dr. Blake Johnson, the lead researcher at Stage 1 Diagnostics explains how the blood test works.


The Middle East is a complicated region that has relationships and conflicts dating back centuries. Late last month, Lisa Anderson, special lecturer and James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations Emerita at the Columbia University School of Public Affairs, delivered a talk on the University of Arkansas campus titled "The State and its Competitors in the Arab World." The event was sponsored by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies and the Department of Political Science at the U of A.

Booming Healthcare Market Attracts Rehab Center to Rogers

Mar 15, 2018

In this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, the booming healthcare market in Northwest Arkansas has caught the attention of Texas-based Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals, which is making plans for a piece of property in Rogers. Plus, the latest edition of Arkansas Works is ready for use and Cindy Gillespie, director of Arkansas' Department of Human Services, explains how it will work.

Ozarks at Large for Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mar 14, 2018

A month after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, students across the country walked out of class to remember the 17 people who died. Students in Fayetteville and Bentonville joined them. Plus, the Fayetteville superintendent discusses his newly formed safety and security task force and where he stands on arming school staff. Also, Roby Brock and John Brummett on whether the bills brought up during the special legislative session really fit the bill. And, we have puppets.


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Twenty years ago Saturday, two middle school students outside Jonesboro, Ark., lured their 11- and 12-year-old classmates out of school and opened fire from across the playground. They killed four students, all girls, and a teacher, wounding 10 others.

When the Columbine High School shooting occurred the following year in Littleton, Colo., the horror at Westside Middle School was, in effect, superseded. As the years passed, Columbine became the touchstone, the school shooting everyone remembered. And it left the survivors in Jonesboro feeling forgotten and even more bereft.

A former state representative has been chosen the new chief administrative officer in Jefferson County after the former executive resigned when it was revealed he had received $100,000 in bribes.

The county's Quorum Court on Thursday selected 82-year-old Booker Clemons as the new county judge.

Clemons is retired from the University of Arkansas' Cooperative Extension Service and served in the state House from 2001-2007.

A 16-year-old girl has died after she was shot Tuesday at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County., Md., by another student.

Jaelynn Rose Willey was critically injured in the attack, which also injured a 14-year-old male student. The gunman, identified by the St. Mary's County sheriff as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, was pronounced dead on Tuesday after exchanging fire with the school resource officer.

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