A three-year initiative, to address the long-running problem of a shortage of nurses in Arkansas, is being launched by University of Arkansas at Little Rock and CHI St. Vincent. The Pathway Program is set up to recruit faculty and fund 40 students in an 18-month accelerated program.

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Recycling Woes Continue

May 22, 2017

Michael Tilley with Talk Business & Politics updates us on the latest developments on the disposal of recyclables in the Fort Smith landfill.

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The revitalization of downtown Rogers is being spurred on by the creation of new businesses. However, some companies like Women's Pavilion have been operating in this part of town for years. This locally-owned mastectomy and wig boutique has been located in downtown Rogers for about two decades.

MUSIC: “Rays of Hope” Oneke

The Arkansas Board of Corrections has approved a contract to continue operating an online portal that assists former inmates reentering society. The website connects ex-offenders with nonprofits, employers and other service providers.

Summer Reading

May 22, 2017

Pastor Clint Schnekloth is back with suggested titles for summer reading. His list includes:

  • "Thrawn" by Timothy Zahn
  • "Between Them: Remembering My Parents" by Richard Ford
  • "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the 20th Century" by Timothy Snyder
  • "Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior" by Peter Tinti and Tuesday Reitano

MUSIC: “Star Wars (Main Theme)” John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra

New Eats Arrive at Silver Dollar City

May 22, 2017

Becca Martin Brown of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says Branson has some additions this summer including an updated menu at Silver Dollar City and a new Bigfoot attraction.

On this morning's show, how the Environmental Defense Fund is helping the world's largest retailer reduce its carbon footprint, and a replica of the Moving Vietnam War Memorial Wall makes its way to northwest Arkansas.

Walmart Earnings Beat Analyst Projections

May 21, 2017

In this morning's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, we hear about Walmart's latest earnings report, we get highlights from the recent NWA TechFest, and we get some numbers to consider as we near the Memorial Day holiday.

Ahead on this edition of Ozarks, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has made its way to Fayetteville and will be on display this weekend. Plus, a preview of a screening of an end-of-life documentary in Springdale.

Tourism Ticker Numbers Down Slightly

May 19, 2017

Michael Tilley with Talk Business and Politics explains that although state tourism numbers are down, that's not a bad thing because they're being compared to last year's robust numbers.

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For families spread out across the country, videos and video chats have become a meaningful way to share a baby's first steps, a birthday party or a loved one blowing a kiss.

But for people in prison, rules limiting access to the Internet and cameras can make sharing these moments difficult. In Colorado Springs, an artist came up with a creative solution.

Like many proud parents, Nicole Garrens captured her son Zander's first steps on her cellphone. She wanted to share the video with her husband, Roy, but he recently went to prison in Texas.

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Fourteen years later, Rep. Walter B. Jones still remembers with full clarity the day he started to regret his vote to go to war.

"This is the first funeral I went to that made me started thinking that I made the wrong decision of giving (President George W.) Bush the authority to go into Iraq," said Jones, pointing to a picture of Marine Sgt. Michael Bitz.

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