A Friday roundup: an official disaster declaration for Arkansas and another chapter in the Mayflower spill.

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Joyce Faulkner, a Fort Smith native and author of several historical fiction novels, talks about her latest book, Vala's Bed, which is about the Holocaust, as well as how she conducts research for her stories.

A Dead Man's Cell Phone on Stage

Jun 16, 2017

Becca Martin Brown, with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, offers a slate of weekend opportunities including Arkansas Public Theater's latest production.

In the world of classical music, there aren’t many compositions written for flute and violin duets, as both instruments live in the higher tonal range, but this weekend, a recital in Eureka springs will feature that exact combination of voices. Flutist Indigo Fischer and violinist Rebecca Patek will perform Sunday evening at Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Eureka Springs

On today’s show, changes in design means savings for the future US Marshals Museum in Fort Smith. Plus Governor Asa Hutchinson is headed abroad again on a trip being designated as an economic development mission. And our Thursday archive considers a possible, though unlikely, constitutional crisis.

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New designs and other factors are helping the U.S. Marshals Museum reduce construction costs.

Governor Announces Overseas Trip

Jun 15, 2017

A delegation of Arkansas officials, including Governor Asa Hutchinson, will be traveling to Europe Saturday for a week-long trade mission. It’s the latest in a series meetings with companies abroad.

Thursday Roundup

Jun 15, 2017

Among the items in the news: Springdale mayor reacts to the Virginia shooting that injured a Tyson Foods employee and UAFS gets a grant.

This weekend, there is a wide variety of live music happening throughout the area.

New Leadership at NWA Council

Jun 15, 2017

This week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report includes a conversation with Nelson Peacock. He was recently introduced as the new president and CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Council.

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U.S. Senate Republicans unveil their long-awaited bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. How will it affect Arkansans on the exchanges and the Medicaid rolls? Sen. Tom Cotton helped shape it with a select group in secret. Why has he been silent? Also, thoughts from other Republicans, Democrats and people in between.

A week after opening to a tepid critical response and accusations of historical inaccuracies from actress Jada Pinkett Smith — as well as a misinterpreted Internet joke that had many searching in vain for the appearance of an iPhone in the film — the Tupac Shakur biopic All

Arkansas's pesticide regulators have stepped into the middle of an epic battle between weeds and chemicals, which has now morphed into a battle between farmers. Hundreds of farmers say their crops have been damaged by a weedkiller that was sprayed on neighboring fields. Today, the Arkansas Plant Board voted to impose an unprecedented ban on that chemical.

Venezuela's ongoing political and economic crisis has taken a toll on daily life there.

A crash in oil prices and political instability under President Nicolas Maduro have led to food shortages, and that has prompted almost daily street protests by thousands of Venezuelans.

A 35-year-old protester named Carlos tells NPR's Audie Cornish the food situation is "pretty extreme." NPR is using only his first name for his safety.

The Arkansas Plant Board on Friday voted 9-5 to ban the sale and use of the herbicide dicamba in the state. Dicamba is a chemical sprayed on genetically tolerant fields of soybean in order to kill pigweed. The herbicide is suspected of damaging other crops after drifting in the wind. At least 242 complaints in 19 counties linked to potential dicamba misuse have been filed with the Arkansas Plant Board this year. Most complaints have originated in east Arkansas.

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