A new exhibition that examines American artists' impact on shaping environmental understanding debuts at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Plus, the results of a community health needs assessment survey of the region reveals obesity, mental health and diabetes are top concerns among residents. And a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial makes a stop in Bentonville.

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Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment is on view at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art May 25 to Sept. 9. The new exhibition was developed by Princeton University Art Museum and examines American artists' impact on shaping environmental understanding.

Downtown Fort Smith Traffic Study Underway

May 24, 2019

Michael Tilley with Talk Business & Politics discusses a Fort Smith traffic study, new employement numbers and the Future School's first graduating class.

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A new comprehensive community health needs assessment survey of the four-county region facilitated by Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas reveals obesity, mental health and diabetes are top concerns among respondents. Results will be used to develop and prioritize future interventions.

In today's news roundup, a deadline for farmers to spray a controversial herbicide draws near, officials monitor the Arkansas River for what could be historic flooding and the Razorback track and field teams find success at the NCAA West Prelims.   

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica on Display

May 24, 2019
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Becca Martin-Brown from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reminds us The Wall that Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is on display in Buckeyball Field at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art this Memorial Day weekend.

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Local band Terra Nova Kings is comprised of three people who have known each other for much of their lives. Brothers Isaac and Mason Baldridge, on guitar and drums respectively, and Tyler Dearring on bass perform alternative and heavy rock throughout the region. The band stopped by our studio earlier this year to talk about their music and their upcoming album release.

Flooding along the Arkansas River is in the forecast for the River Valley following a stormy weekend that produced five EF-1 tornados. Plus, the outpouring of support for a Fayetteville coffee shop continues after the business was damaged when a car ran into it. And we celebrate World Turtle Day with an appreciation of turtles that inhabit Arkansas.

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Five EF-1 tornadoes touched down in the River Valley this weekend, including one twister that cut a path down the middle of Fort Smith. The storms damaged dozens of homes, knocked down trees and snapped powerlines. Now, the River Valley is also preparing for flooding along the Arkansas River as water drains from northeast Oklahoma and Tulsa. 

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In late March, a car crashed into Baba Boudan's in Fayetteville. The business has been closed while repairs are made to the building. An outpouring of support from the community began shortly after the crash and continues this Sunday when a concert benefitting the beloved coffee shop will be held at Backspace in Fayetteville.

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President Trump is in Japan for the first official state visit since Japanese Emperor Naruhito assumed the throne.

The president and first lady Melania Trump have already dined with Japanese business leaders and will attend a sumo wrestling match, at which Trump will present the winner with a trophy called the "President's Cup."

Emperor Naruhito and his Harvard-educated wife, Empress Masako, will host an imperial state banquet for Trump. The president's trip will also include a visit to a naval base and bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Roll on, no more.

After a three-decade run, a veteran advocacy group will hold its last motorcycle demonstration ride — called "Rolling Thunder" — in the U.S. capital this Memorial Day weekend.

The nonprofit that organizes the rally, Rolling Thunder Inc., was founded in the late 1980s to bring public attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action and to hold the government to account for veterans who never made it home.

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