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A Wednesday Roundup: Sales tax numbers are up in northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith, building permits are up in Bella Vista and Dwight Yoakam is coming to the River Valley.

From a couple of chances to see Arkansauce for free to the opening of the KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series, there is a variety of music performances to see this weekend.

On today’s Ozarks, for a growing Marshallese population in northwest Arkansas, a physician who speaks their language. Plus, an intensive formula for exposure to a different culture; a foreign exchange program puts students from Muslim families abroad with American families. And considering what to do with an aging dam in Bentonville.

COURTESY / FRIENDS OF LITTLE SUGAR CREEK

Bentonville city leaders will have to decide what to do with the dam at Lake Bella Vista, which was declared failed in 2008. The city is considering removing and rebuilding the dam, but a local nonprofit organization called Friends of Little Sugar Creek would like to see the dam gone for good. Friends of Little Sugar Creek members say restoring the stream would eliminate the algae bloom problem and reconnect upstream and downstream fish populations.

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A Tuesday roundup: the Fayetteville Planning Commission tables a decision, the Fort Smith airport receives a grant and a possible sentence for the man thought to have destroyed the Ten Commandments.

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