Ozarks at Large Stories

News and Culture Stories about Northwest Arkansas, the Arkansas River Valley and more from Ozarks at Large

Arkansas Nuclear One, a few miles northwest of Russellville, is among 61 commercial nuclear power facilities in the U.S. operating ninety-nine nuclear fission reactors. Constructed in the late 1970s and currently owned by Entergy, Arkansas Nuclear One operates two pressurized light water reactors with the capacity to generate 1,776 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 355,000 homes and businesses.

The reactors are cooled by water drawn from Lake Dardanelle. Thick white steam rising from the power plant's iconic six-story hyperbolic cement tower is visible for miles. Locals, Russellville Mayor Randy Horton says, divine weather conditions from the plume. 

“In the old days, we would drive to the base of the cooling towers and fish in the hot water discharge stream. It never was threatening, never been scary.”

Horton says the power plant is a good neighbor, providing jobs--and lots of clean safe energy.

Northwest Arkansas Continues to Grow

Mar 23, 2017

A Thursday roundup includes new numbers from the US Census Bureau regarding the continued growth for northwest Arkansas' population.

We continue our series of visiting scholar conversations this week with a discussion about the evolution of legal ethics in the United States.  Michael Ariens is writing a book on the subject.

Gauging Bird Flu Effect

Mar 23, 2017

Today's edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report examines concern about bird flu in the southern United States.

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced this morning he signed legislation expanding where properly-trained concealed carry permit owners are allowed to take their guns.

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