On today’s show, we learn how drones are making power line inspections more efficient. Plus, we hear how in-home independent elder care is a growing industry in Arkansas. And our Militant Grammarian wants to make sure we know the difference between similar, but very different, words.

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Twice a year, Ozarks Electric inspects about 150 miles of transmission lines. A new partnership with Honeywell will result in the electric cooperative using drones to assist in the inspection process. Officials say the drones will make inspections safer and more efficient.

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A growing workforce of independent elder care companions and assistants are helping aging Arkansans to remain at home. Choosing the right caregiver, who has received proper training, takes certain insight. We hear from a few independent caregivers about what services they provide for their clients and what special considerations and training are necessary for providing elder care.

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Last week, a number of debates were held for statewide and federal candidates in Arkansas. John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, talks to Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics about whether the debates had any impact on the 2nd Congressional District race and on the race for governor.

Our Militant Grammarian Katherine Shurlds returns to help us understand the difference between "immigration" and "emigration."

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John Jeter, conductor and musical director for the Fort Smith Symphony, returns to give us a preview of this weekend's concert. "It's Time For Three" will feature the string trio Time For Three with performances of music from Hamilton, The Beatles, Mozart, Guns and Roses, Mahler and more.

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On today’s show, a recruitment effort to further the ability to understand Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases. Plus, we learn about urgent care, emergency rooms and the differences between them. We’ll also hear from the people who were part of this weekend’s Red Bull Pump Track World Championship in Springdale.

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More local hospitals are opening special clinics to offer affordable, urgent care to patients with non-life threatening conditions. Ten chain and hospital-based urgent care clinics have opened in northwest Arkansas with the aim of easing the patient load on local emergency rooms and providing more options to fill patients' acute medical needs.

In 2014, about five million Americans were diagnosed with dementia, but that number is projected to nearly triple by 2060. Research is being done to learn more about dementia-related diseases, but many studies don't have enough participants. We speak with Michael Splaine, managing partner for Recruitment Partners LLC, about connecting with the public and getting more people involved in Alzheimer's and dementia studies.

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This weekend, some of the best mountain bikers and BMX riders in the world were in Springdale for the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship. We hear from some local and international riders after their seeding runs took place Saturday and as they prepared for the head-to-head finals.

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After four days at the helm, former California congresswoman Mary Bono, who was picked to lead USA Gymnastics, resigned Tuesday. She was appointed as interim president and chief executive officer of the troubled organization on Friday.

"My withdrawal comes in the wake of personal attacks that, left undefended, would have made my leading USAG a liability for the organization," Bono said in her resignation letter.

Dennis Hof, who used his celebrity as a brothel owner to launch a political career, was found dead Tuesday at the Love Ranch, one of several legal brothels he owned in Nevada.

Hof was best known for his reality TV show Cathouse that aired on HBO. But recently he stepped into the spotlight as an aspiring politician, vying for a seat in the state assembly. His primary victory over a three-term Republican in a rural district in Southern Nevada roiled local politics and made national headlines.

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