Ahead on this edition of Ozarks, certain streams and wetlands now qualify for protection under the Clean Water Act. We take a look at what effect that may have on Arkansas. Plus, we talk to the Ozark Arts Council about its unique method for booking some major-league musicians.
"Waters of the United States," a new federal clean water rule was finalized in late May. The regulation, experts say, ensures waters protected under the Clean Water Act are precisely defined, allowing ease of permitting for business and industry. But agriculturalists and industry claim the rule is murky at best and want to see it drown. We gather perspectives from an Ozarks watershed conservationist and Farm Bureau environmentalist.
Thanks in part to one-time money, Arkansas finished the fiscal year with a $191.6 million surplus. Roby Brock from our content partner Talk Business & Politics has the details in his weekly business and political news recap.
The Ozark Arts Council had a rare opportunity to land a Grammy-winning guitarist for a concert this fall. The nonprofit organization used an innovative method tosecure a date for Laurence Juber, two-time Grammy winner and former guitarist for Wings.
As part of a recently completed master parks plan, the city is in the process of planning on major improvements to a park in its historic downtown. Washington County property owners will begin receiving their property reappraisal notices from the county this week. Construction at the Walton Arts Center will close some sidewalks in downtown Fayetteville. And more people are enrolling in the state's Private Option expansion of Medicaid, though the cost for providing coverage to those enrollees has declined.
Rogers Little Theater is celebrating its 30th season. The theater company has undergone a number of changes over the years and the most recent one is changing its name to Arkansas Public Theatre at the Victory.
Amid statements by Arkansas Republican legislative leaders to push for greater protections for religious institutions opposing the Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage, many state political leaders are weighing in. Arkansas’s U.S. Senator John Boozman says officials such as county clerks who disagree with the ruling should follow the law.
The Catalyst Quartet has rendered the entirety of Bach's Goldberg Variations into strings and pair their recording of it with Glenn Gould's string quartet for a compelling new release. Hear their version of the Goldberg Variations on Monday's program.