On today's show, the first day of KUAF's fall on-air fundraiser, we hear about a new data brief that shows the number of Arkansans receiving opioid prescriptions is decreasing while the number of individuals receiving prescriptions for the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone is increasing. Plus, we speak with John Herrington, the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space. And, we head to the Pryor Center archives for a look back at John L. Ferguson's career as the state historian.

According to a new data brief from the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, the number of Arkansans receiving opioid prescriptions is decreasing while the number of individuals receiving prescriptions for the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone is increasing. Arkansas has the second highest opioid prescribing rate in the country.

When he was a child, Commander John Herrington would play in a cardboard refigerator box and imagine he was an astronaut. In 2002, he became the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space. Early next month, he'll be part of a conversation sponsored by the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville.

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This week's trip through archives at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History reintroduces us to John L. Ferguson, who served as the Arkansas state historian for 45 years.

On today's show, we catch up with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics on a number of news stories out of the River Valley. Plus, we head to Eureka Springs where pandemic politics are having an influence on the upcoming City Council election. And, we have a preview of the new Ansel Adams exhibit opening this weekend at the Crystal Bridge Museum of American Art.

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses a slow recovery for the airport in Fort Smith as the pandemic moves into a seventh month. He also discusses the upkeep of a historic cemetery in the city and more.

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Since March, the City of Eureka Springs has been negotiating how to operate its tourist economy after a global pandemic was declared – a core issue of this year’s tightly contested City Council race.

Courtesy / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ansel Adams' photographs of the western U.S. helped define the 20th century vision of the American landscape. Ansel Adams in Our Time features more than a hundred of the photographer's works displayed alongside 19th century artists, as well as Adams' contemporary successors. The exhibit is on view Sept. 19 through Jan. 3.

Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is back with a list of in-person and virutal events for the final weekend of summer. And it's the longest list we've seen in months.

On today's show, we have a look at a future park in Bentonville that will be the new home of the Confederate monument that stood on the downtown square up until earlier this month. Plus, we preview a lecture that examines the ways food impacts us beyond its taste. And, we explore the meaning of revolution with Lia Uribe in this week's Sound Perimeter.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Monday reported 16 more deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, and 35 more people hospitalized as a White House task force said the state had the 4th highest rate of new virus cases in the country.

The Department of Health reported that the number of deaths since the pandemic began in March now totals 1,197. The number of deaths includes both confirmed and probable cases.

 

Shelby County’s Latino community makes up about seven percent of the population, but represents about 20 percent of the overall cases of COVID-19. In its latest response, the health department is using mass testing events to build trust and dispel misinformation. 

The U.S. marked 100,000 recorded deaths from COVID-19 on May 27. Now it's preparing to reach 200,000.

Though the number of daily fatalities has gone down since the highs of spring, COVID-19 still claims the lives of hundreds of people in the U.S. each day. More are expected to die as the weather gets colder.

Updated at 7:58 p.m. ET

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his plans to move forward on President Trump's nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"The Senate will vote on this nomination this year," McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday on the Senate floor. He didn't say whether the vote would come before the election, or in a lame duck-session of Congress that occurs after the November election and before the start of a new session in 2021.

Sure, you go to the grocery store for milk, bread, frozen foods and chips. But how about shopping for the latest shoe fashions while you're at it?

Hy-Vee, a Midwestern supermarket chain, announced on Monday that DSW shoe outlets are opening in six of its grocery stores in Minnesota. Shoppers will be able to try on shoes, then order online.

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