On today's show, we hear from U.S. Representative Steve Womack about when Congress will enact the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade. Plus, we hear about a new effort to turn Holiday Island into an incorporated town. And political writer John Brummett gives his assessment of the redacted Mueller report.

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement was created to replace NAFTA. During a trade briefing in Rogers yesterday, Rep. Steve Womack said there's no definitive timeline for when Congress will vote on the agreement, which needs Congressional approval. About a third of the state's exports go to Mexico and Canada.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a new law April 15 to allow qualifying unincorporated planned communities like Holiday Island in Carroll County to incorporate as towns. Some residents living in the Suburban Improvement District previously have attempted to incorporate several times, which has led to a groundswell of support.

Much discussion remains after the release last week of the redacted Mueller Report to Congress. This week, political columnist John Brummett discusses some of the findings of the report with Roby Brock from our content partner Talk Business and Politics.

Scott Family Amazeum

In less than four years, more than a million people have visited the Scott Family Amazeum. We speak with Sam Dean, the museum's executive director, about reaching the milestone.

Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, returns to help us understand the difference between the two very similar typographical marks, even though their usage is quite different.

On today's show, Benton County opens a shelter as an alternative for youth who have been arrested. Plus, using virtual reality to explore the Spiro Mounds as they once were. And, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services hosts an forum about apprenticeship.

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The Benton County Juvenile Detention Center is readying to open its Alternative Placement Adolescent Center. Officials say it will be a first-of-its-kind shelter for boys ages 13 to 17, who have been arrested, and will serve as an alternative to jail.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services is hosting an informational forum on apprenticeship for local employers April 25 at the Jones Center in Springdale. The goal of the free event is to increase employer awareness regarding the use of registered apprenticeship programs as a workforce development tool.

U of A's Tesseract Center for Immersive Environments and Game Design

A new virtual reality program, created at the University of Arkansas, will let people experience the Spiro Mounds in eastern Oklahoma as they might have been centuries ago. The program will makes its debut at events April 26-27.


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Today Rochester Drug Cooperative became the first pharmaceutical distributer to face federal criminal charges for its role in the opioid epidemic. RDC is charged with conspiring to distribute drugs and defrauding the federal government. The charges are a result of a two-year investigation that began after it was found that RDC ignored pill limits for pharmacies and catered to doctors who over-prescribe.

Gary Craig is an investigative reporter with the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in Rochester, N.Y. Welcome to the program.

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Flags were lowered across Sri Lanka today. It's a national day of mourning for the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels. More than 320 people died in those bombings.


Egyptian voters have approved sweeping constitutional amendments that allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in office until 2030 and further entrench the power of the military.

Voters approved the amendments by 88.83%, according to the National Election Authority, which said that 44.33% of eligible voters took part in the poll.

If the Trump administration gets its way, federal law will require this question to be asked of each person living in all of the country's households in 2020: "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" It's been close to 70 years since a citizenship question has been included among the census questions for every U.S. household.

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