On today's show, Mercy breaks ground on a $40 million multispecialty clinic in Springdale, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville joins a handful of schools on the U.S. mainland to offer tuition help to Puerto Rican students and a growing neighborhood in Fayetteville takes up a nickname that dates back to the 1880s. We also discuss the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the local events that will commemorate it.
Local businesses that have popped up along Government Avenue in south Fayetteville across from the Walmart Neighborhood Market are taking up the name Quicktown, but the nickname is not new. The area was called Quicktown nearly a hundred years ago when a man named James Quick sold more than a dozen parcels of land in that part of town creating one of Fayetteville's first suburbs in the 1880s.
On today's show, the legislative-appointed Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force is considering the use of a poison bait to control nuisance feral swine in Arkansas and we get a response from the founder of Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery about an investigative report published by public radio program Reveal. Also, a story about an effort has been underway in Marvell to restore the boyhood home of Levon Helm and to create a bust memorializing the musician.
On today's show, we examine the 2017 Annie E. Casey Foundation index, which measures disproportionate barriers in child well-being for African American, Native American, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander children, state by state. This year's index indicates some progress has been made nationwide, but Arkansas lags.