A Tuesday roundup: Tyson earnings set a record, XNA numbers go up and the guideline for high blood pressure drops.

The acapella group Broad Daylight joins with Latin /x Youth Theatre Project will join together at 7 p.m. Friday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville for a program designed to set a standard for welcoming everybody to the community.

This week's KUAF Vinyl Hour places a spotlight on Van Morrison. Host and producer Leigh Wood says she thinks Morrison's music is a good fit for autumn weather.

Not All Commas Created Equally

Nov 14, 2017

Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, is back and she brings a list of five different commas with her.

Ozarks at Large for Monday, November 13, 2017

Nov 13, 2017

On today’s show, wood pellets, traditionally manufactured from Ozarks sawmill waste, are commonly sold at hardware stores to fuel home wood stoves. But what will a burgeoning overseas demand for wood pellets as biofuel mean for Arkansas forests? Plus, we have a conversation about the complicated matter of creating public transit for a region...a region like northwest Arkansas.

More than 150 wood pellet manufacturing mills operate across the U.S., many supplying the domestic woodstove pellet market with home heating fuel.

More than a quarter are industrial pellet mills, grinding thousands of acres of forest into biomass for overseas export to electrical utilities stoking retrofitted coal-fire furnaces with "densified" wood.

The largest mills, concentrated in the southeastern U.S., claim to sustainably harvest timber, from both hardwood and softwood forests. But a new mill, Highland Pellets in Pine Bluff, which harvests only fast-growing Southern softwood pine may be among the greenest.

Still, the calculated ecological costs and benefits of forest biomass remain hazy.

Skills for the Future

Nov 13, 2017

Michael Tilley, from our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses an opinion piece recently published by TB&P. Stacey Mason, with Mason on Leadership in Bentonville, writes young people wanting to develop skills for the future should concentrate on coding. She maintains a well-rounded education in many things, including the arts, is essential for success.

Transit That Works

Nov 13, 2017

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission launches a speaker series tonight devoted to mobility. The first guest speaker is Jarrett Walker from Portland, Oregon. he's the author of Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives. He speaks at 6:30 tonight at Record Downtown in Bentonville.

A Monday roundup: Governor Hutchinson returns from Asia, Rogers calls off part of an annexation election and further discussions about the practice of burning agricultural fields after harvest.

Illinois River Art Goes Public

Nov 13, 2017

The annual Illinois River Salon, featuring art inspired by the river's surroundings, has not always been easy to find. This year it will be at Art Ventures on the Fayetteville Square. Becca Martin Brown, from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says the are remains there through Nov. 26. She also gives us ideas for our time the rest of the week.

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Gay, Out And On The Airwaves In Kinshasa

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Sitting at his desk in a stuffy office with a rainbow flag hanging behind him, 31-year-old Patou Izai says it takes a lot of courage to come out as gay in Kinshasa, the sprawling capital city of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Although this vast, volatile Central African nation does not have the harsh anti-gay laws adopted by neighbors such as Uganda, deeply ingrained conservative cultural norms routinely stigmatize, silence and lead to physical threats against LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people.

Updated at 1:38 p.m. ET

The longest-serving member of the House of Representatives is the latest lawmaker caught in the wave of sexual harassment claims.

The Department of Homeland Security leadership is withholding a report of an internal watchdog that details the government's messy roll out of President Trump's travel ban, including the violation of two federal court orders.

The executive order banning people from seven mostly Muslim nations from entering the U.S., was suddenly implemented Jan. 27th.

Federal regulators are on track to loosen regulations of cable and telecom companies.

The Federal Communications Commission will vote Dec. 14 on a plan to undo the landmark 2015 rules that had placed Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon under the strictest-ever regulatory oversight.

The vote is expected to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, which prevent broadband companies from slowing down or blocking any sites or apps, or otherwise deciding what content gets to users faster.

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