On today’s show, Asa Hutchinson is beginning his second term as governor, and we have highlights from his State of the State address on today’s show. Plus the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Fort Smith is getting bigger in 2019. And The Smokehouse Players will serve dinner with their next play, and Magdalene Serenity House will benefit.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson spoke to the 92nd General Assembly yesterday in his State of the State address. His goals for this session raise teacher pay, implement a growth agenda and reduce taxes. 

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in Fort Smith will be a bit bigger this year. We speak with one of the organizers to learn more about this year's event.

Valentines and Killer Chili is a one-act play written by former University of Arkansas drama professor Kent Brown. The Smokehouse Players will revive the production for a pair of performances Feb. 8 and 9 at the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Fayetteville. The event will be a benefit for Magdalene Serenity House.

This weekend in local music features the return of OzMoMu, plenty of opportunities to rosin up the bow, and a few birthdays.

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On today's show, we get a preview of a lecture taking palce this week that will highlight research into a new species of dinosaur discovered in Arkansas. Plus, we hear how the city of Rogers will address growth and parking, and our Militant Grammarian returns to give us a refresher course on proper comma usage.

As the Arkansas General Assembly gets underway for this year's regular session, we look back at some of the scandals involving state legislators that came to light in 2018. Roby Brock, with our content partner Talk Business and Politics, speaks with political writer John Brummett about the latest developments and what might be next.

Last night, consultants revealed recommendations for the downtown Rogers parking plan. Residents can provide feedback via an online survey. Officials expect a final report next month.

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In 2011, a group of researchers found dinosaur tracks in an Arkansas gypsum mine. Celina Suarez, an associate professor of geosciences at the University of Arkansas, will give a lecture this week on the findings of research into those trackways, which were the first samples of theropod tracks in Arkansas.

The U.S. Secretary of State has issued a memo emphasizing the importance of proper comma usage. Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, returns to give us a refresher course on commas.

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