Since President Trump’s inauguration, Harrie Farrow of Eureka Springs has made several trips to Washington, D.C. to participate in acts of civil disobedience, many of which have gotten her arrested. This week, she went to Capitol Hill to protest the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, who the president nominated to the Supreme Court. Like dozens of other protesters, Farrow was escorted out and arrested for disrupting the hearing. Several photographers captured the moment Farrow was taken out of the chamber by two police officers.
BikeNWA is launching protected bike lane pilots in Springdale, Siloam Springs and Fayetteville to show city leaders and residents how on-street bike infrastructure works. The organization is starting with a round of public input meetings on all three projects. The Springdale pilot is focusing on a stretch of Maple Avenue between Pleasant and Holcomb streets and will use delineators called “zebras” to separate the bike lanes from the road.
This week, the Fayetteville Planning Commission voted to recommend the approval of two rezoning requests for about 140 acres of land on Markham Hill submitted by Specialized Real Estate Group. The rezoning requests are part of a development proposal that would create a neighborhood of several hundred homes on the hill, as well as open up the property to some additional commercial development to support the Pratt Inn and Barn.
Earlier this month, Fort Smith officials met with Environmental Protection Agency representatives to request a renegotiation of a consent decree that came as a result of years of Clean Water Act violations. City Director Carl Geffken says the city has made a lot of progress on how much wet-weather sewer runoff gets in the Arkansas River and, among other proposed modifications, would like to see the EPA cap the cost of sewer rates at 1.9 percent of median household income after the city had to raise rates for residents over the last three years to fund consent decree projects.
This week, President Trump announced a preliminary U.S. trade agreement with Mexico after calling for a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Melvin Torres, the director of Western Hemisphere Trade at the World Trade Center, discusses ways in which the agreement modernizes NAFTA by including protections for intellectual property, digital trade and financial services, as well as what all this means for Arkansas farmers and manufacturers.