The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has received nearly $2 million in grants from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education for the continuation of the university’s Regional Workforce Grant programs. The funding will allow UAFS to offer concurrent credit courses to high school students for two more years in robot automation and cyber systems to help address the skills gap in those fields.

Downtown Springdale is reserving the third Thursday of every month for an art walk. We hear from some of the creators about their hopes for the monthly party.

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Residents of Fayetteville can safely transact online classified purchases and sales at Fayetteville Police headquarters located at 100 Rock Street, off the Fayetteville Square. Police Sargent Anthony Murphy also provides guidance on how to avoid predators aiming to rob residents of their cash and goods.

Glass, and More, at Peel Mansion

Jul 16, 2018

Becca Martin Brown, from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, steers us toward Bentonville for an indoor/outdoor exhibit of sculpture from Ed Pennebaker.

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.”

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"The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!" President Trump tweeted Saturday morning. His message follows a New York Times report on Friday that his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, secretly recorded their discussion about payments to a former Playboy model who said she had a 10-month affair with Trump.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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The cows were silent on a recent July morning at Mill-King dairy farm in McGregor, Texas. They stood under shade trees, digesting their breakfast, while cicadas buzzed in the branches overhead.

"It's starting to warm up, so they're starting to get a little bit less ... frolicky," says Craig Miller, watching from the fence line.

His grandfather started this farm. Now he runs it, producing nonhomogenized milk from a mostly grass-fed herd. He says this cow behavior is exactly what he expects as the temperature rises.

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