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The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks cut the ribbon on a new 24-hour inpatient treatment facility Tuesday. The Leroy Pond Residential Treatment Facility has space for 20 veterans, who each get their own room, to stay up to 90 days as they recover for substance abuse disorders, which often come with a co-occurring mental health illness and in some cases homelessness. Prior to opening the Leroy Pond facility, the VHSO offered a 28-day outpatient treatment program, but veterans who needed further help had to travel to Little Rock or out of state to access long-term, inpatient care.

Seeds of Polarization

Sep 12, 2018

Marjorie Spruill's book, Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics recounts the 1977 National Women's Conference in Houston and a counter-event held at the same time. She argues the two events helped shape the politics of today.

Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week is approaching, and Robin Atkinson, the CEO of the Arkansas Arts and Fashion Forum and Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week, says there are plans underway to make the area a better-known location for original designs and clothing.

This weekend, there are opportunities to see great live music throughout the KUAF listening area.

Friday, Sep. 14

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After two years in the making, Jaimee Harris will release her deubt album, Red Rescue, Sep. 21. The album's single, "Depressive State," will be released this Friday, Sep. 14. We recently caught up with Harris to talk about the new release.

September is fundraising month at KUAF and Legih Wood, Membership Director at 91.3, gives us an update.

An emphaisis on translation separates The Arkansas International from the hundreds upon hundreds of other literary journals out there.  

Issue four of the official literary magazine from the University of Arkansas's Creative Writing and Translation program features writing in translation from 11 countries, as well as comics in translation.

Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sep 11, 2018

On today’s show, we learn how the city of Van Buren wants to be the latest in the region to give its downtown some new business. Plus, John Brummett gives us his insight into Arkansas’ four congressional races this fall. Also, we hear how Michael Mwenso and the Shakes give audiences almost the entire world during a concert.

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Three new restaurants are expected to open in downtown Van Buren in the next six months. The owners of The Vault 1905 Sports Grill, Crazy Cajun-Mex and The Pasta Grill are all busy updating and restoring the hundred-year-old buildings that house their establishments.

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John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, examines poll numbers indicating GOP incumbents lead in all four Arkansas congressional districts. He talks with Roby Brock from our partner Talk Business and Politics.


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Kathy Mattea has been making music for a long time. Her first gold album came out in 1987. She won her first Grammy in 1990. For a while, she was putting out albums every year or two. But Mattea's latest LP, Pretty Bird, out now, is the country artist's first release in six years — and it almost didn't come out at all.

An indicted New York congressman who had announced he was withdrawing from his race has reversed course and now says he will continue to campaign for re-election and plans to serve again if he wins this November.

In a campaign statement announcing the decision Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y. said, "The stakes are too high to allow the radical left to take control of this seat in Congress."

On Tuesday evening, the Music Modernization Act (renamed the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act at the 23rd hour — in honor of the retiring Utah politician who also happens himself to own a platinum record), was passed unanimously in the Senate, as it was earlier this year by the House. In an age where political and artistic consensus is increasingly found only in cultural warrens populated by the like-minded, the bipartisan support of the bill is perhaps a small beacon of unity. (But still.)

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