Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large
COURTESY / MARY SCHULZ

A recent study suggests first responders, like police officers and firefighters, are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. Gene Page of the Bentonville Police Department and Mary Schulz, a local social worker, recently formed HEROES of NWA to address the problem that has been decades in the making.

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a federal law that barred states from legalizing sports betting. Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, and Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, discuss what this could mean for Arkansas where sports betting is currently prohibited by state law.

courtesy: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

University of Arkansas biologists Marlis and Michael Douglas are using genetic information to study how groups of white-tailed deer are related throughout the state, so they can better track the movement of animals that have chronic wasting disease. The couple’s research will also determine which groups of deer are less susceptible to CWD, and help inform future strategies for managing the disease in Arkansas deer.

COURTESY / FAY JONES SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

The Housing Northwest Arkansas initiative culminated last week with the announcement of the winners of a professional design competition. The initiative, led by the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, also included a design studio for students and a housing symposium for the community. More than two dozen architecture firms from around the world entered their designs for attainable housing for five sites near downtown Bentonville.

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Waste Management, which operates the Eco-Vista Landfill in Tontitown, has proposed expanding its facilities by a total of about 22 acres. In the next five years though, the company anticipates further expansions to the facility will be needed. At its board of directors meeting Thursday, the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District approved the first step in a three-year expansion process.

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