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China is the world's largest post-recycled commodities consumer. The country has issued policies to ban badly sorted or contaminated bales of plastics and papers from entering its borders. Under programs named "Green Fence" and "National Sword," China is establishing ever-stricter numeric standards on recycled waste imports because of a growing glut of global recycling.

The conversation about how opioids can, and should, be prescribed continues in Arkansas. We have a special report from Karen Tricot Steward of our partner station KUAR in Little Rock.

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Next year's Broadway season at Walton Arts Center features eight musicals including five Arkansas premieres. Waitress, School of Rock and Cats are all part of the 2018-19 lineup.

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Our Tuesday roundup includes news from Bentonville, where the school board is considering a student walkout in remembrance of the Parkland school shooting victims, Fort Smith, where the school board will seek a millage increase to fund $120 million in improvement projects, and Fayetteville, where the school board just reviewed the findings of a study that examined projected growth in the area.

Old Words Get a New Spin

Mar 13, 2018

Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, is back with some great old words that we should maybe use more often.

Arkansas Works' New Wrinkle

Mar 13, 2018

The latest version of Arkansas Works includes, for some, a work requirement. Cindy Gillespie, the director of Arkansas' Department of Human Services, explains to Roby Brock from Talk Business and Politics.how the new requirement will work.

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Sometimes music helps us through our darkest moments.

That's exactly the case with "Pre-Existing Condition," which Stephen Caldwell, director of choral activities at the University of Arkansas, composed following the harrowing experience of caring for a newborn son born with seven heart conditions. 

Ozarks at Large for Monday, March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018

On today’s show, Arkansas business interests are keeping a close watch on tariffs. Plus, Olivia’s Basket will spend spring break building another home. And, skunks are busy in the Ozarks this time of year.

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Canada and Mexico are Arkansas' biggest trade partners. Thanks in large part to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Natural State exports twice as much to those two nations than it imports. While Canada and Mexico are exempt from President Trump's newest tariffs on steel and aluminum, the Arkansas World Trade Center is watching the situation closely especially since NAFTA renegotiations are also underway.

A Monday roundup includes stalled wages for Arkansas workers, a special session of the Arkansas Legislature and hardware for the Arkansas women's indoor track team.


Protect Public Media: Ways to take action!

Here are things you can do today to keep public media strong. Take time to call or email congress and share your story.

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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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