On today's show, we hear from the Arkansas organizers of the National Day of Racial Healing as they announce plans to create legislation that works toward racial healing in the state. Plus, we hear from Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.) about finding common ground as the country transitions from one presidential administration to another. And, we learned about the amazing life of Maurice "Footsie" Britt through archives at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History.

Organizers wrapped up a week of events in Arkansas with a virtual press conference Friday where they announced plans to create legislation that works toward racial healing in the state. Sen. Joyce Elliott is working on the bill which would recognize the National Day of Racial Healing as an official statewide observance, establish community remembrance projects in all 75 counties, and exonerate Elaine Massacre defendants.

The Washington County Community Remembrance Project, a group of Fayetteville citizens committed to documenting and commemorating a troubling racial history, is hosting a high school essay contest in collaboration with the Equal Justice Initiative.  Top award winners will share a $5,000 cash prize. The Fayetteville Public Library is hosting a virtual essay contest workshop on Jan. 27 at 4:30 pm.

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Tomorrow evening, Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.) will speak, virtually, as a guest of the University of Arkansas Honors College. He is a businessman, educator, writer and commentator, as well as the former Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the founder of Renew America Together. Earlier this month, he talked to us about what's next for the country as it transitions from one presidential administration to another.

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The new Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, which recently opened for classes, was formally dedicated last week. The facility is the first tribally affiliated medical school in the country with a focus on educating primary care physicians who are interested in serving rural and underserved populations in Oklahoma.

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Maurice "Footsie" Britt was one of the most decorated servicemen in American history, a standout athlete at the University of Arkansas, and a Lieutenant Governor of the state. This week's tour through the archives at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History looks back on his life.

 

On today's show, we head to Siloam Springs where John Brown University is delaying the start of classes for undergraduate students because of an increase in COVID-19 cases on campus. Plus, we find out when you might see drones in the air above Pea Ridge as Walmart readies to launch a drone delivery test program. And, we hear about a landmark bill that intends to improve women veterans' medical care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers across the country.

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The spring semester is already underway for John Brown University graduate students, but officials have pushed back the start for undergraduate students to Feb. 1 to allow time for faculty and students to be tested. Tests must be administered on or after Jan. 25. Negative tests need to be uploaded to JBU by 2 p.m. Jan. 29.

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The Fort Smith Board of Directors repealed a tax increase on some alcohol sales. The measure had been passed last month. Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses the reversal. He also examines the 2020 numbers at the Fort Smith Regional Airport and a proposed new RV park near downtown Fort Smith.

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The Pea Ridge Planning Comission has approved an auxillary permit for Walmart and its partner company, Zipline, to launch a drove delivery hub at one of the city's neighborhood market locations. The test program is expected to begin for select area customers this spring. 

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  The House is formally transmitting the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump tot he Senate, setting the stage for the trial in that chamber the week of Feb. 8. Watch the ceremony.

Protests erupted late Sunday in Tacoma, Wash., in response to an incident a day earlier in which a police officer used his patrol vehicle to plow through a crowd, hitting several people and injuring at least two.

The incident involving the police officer was captured on cellphone video and posted on social media. Law enforcement officials said the officer, who was not named, is on paid administrative leave during an investigation.

How to make sure the world is never so devastated by another pandemic?

Health officials from around the globe have been vigorously discussing that question over the past week at the annual meeting of the World Health Organization's Executive Board. The members, whose nine-day-long, mostly virtual gathering concludes on Tuesday, have heard recommendations from four separate panels.

Sixty-four years ago, residents of this tiny town in southwestern Kansas set a public health example by making it the first in the nation to be fully inoculated against polio.

It's a different story today.

People in Protection, like those in many rural communities, stand divided over how to slow the spread of the coronavirus and the safety of the vaccines being rolled out to protect them.

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When Donald Trump was still in office and had a working Twitter account, just one tweet could change an entire news cycle. People who research disinformation, like Kate Starbird, know this all too well.

KATE STARBIRD: My advisor, Leysia Palen, at the University of Washington, was watching content about COVID-19 and just following the CDC account, just trying to, like, understand what the CDC account was going to do. And one day, Donald Trump retweeted three or four tweets from the CDC, and it literally broke her data collection.

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