Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large
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At the end of June, the modern facade of the former First National Bank building on the Fayetteville Square started coming down. Beneath the facade, not one, but three buildings built in the late 1800s were revealed. The new owners hope to restore newly discovered architectural aspects of the building in the future to open the corner up to more retail space and create a more pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.


The Fayetteville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to approve the agency’s five-year plan. The plan must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development each year, and while the plan addresses FHA’s needs for the coming year, many members of the public who attended the meeting wanted to know how the agency would address immediate needs and deficiencies at its properties, which prompted the board to consider creating a community task force that could look for funding sources to address the problems.

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Demolition of Fayetteville City Hospital begins this month to make room for expansion of Fayetteville Public Library. Interior portions of the hospital will be demolished before crews move to demolish the outside walls in August. Construction of the library expansion is set to begin in the first quarter of 2019.

On today's post-Independence Day episode, we revisit recent conversations about immigration and tariffs. First, an immigration attorney explains asylum and immigration rules followed by a discussion of the possible impacts tariffs could have on Arkansas farmers and manufacturers.

The Tuesday news roundup includes an injunction from a judge on an Arkansas law that opponents say would effectively ban medication abortion in the state and Fayetteville's mayor makes a proclamation regarding ICE’s 287g program during the city’s Families Belong Together Rally this weekend.