On today's show, we hear about a new campaign from the Arkansas Department of Human Services that encourages parents to vaccinate their children, especially if they've been putting it off because of the pandemic. Plus, we have our weekly discussion between Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics and John Brummett of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. And, we head to Fayetteville's newest park to find out how development is going.

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Arkansas has seen a decline in childhood vaccinations compared to last year. ARKids First and the Department of Human Services have launched the Don't Wait, Vaccinate! campaign to encourage parents who may have delayed their children's vaccinations due to the pandemic to get those vaccines now.

Again this week, John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, have plenty to discuss. They consider the New York Times reporting on President Trump's tax returns, tonight's debate and why Arkansas politics appears to be following an national trend.

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About seven miles of new soft-surface trails have opened at Fayetteville's Millsap Mountain while the rest of the development of Centennial Park continues. The trails can be used by hikers and trail runners, but they are specifically optimized for mountain bikes. The open portions of the park include both beginner and intermediate trails.

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A federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant award is enabling the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest to develop a rural training track for medical school residents. Family physician Ronald Brimberry, M.D., an associate professor at UAMS-NW’s Family Medicine Residency Program, will direct the training track.

Greenwood's Christmas Parade is a city staple, but the pandemic has posed a challenge to holding such events. So, instead, the city will host the first-ever Reverse Christmas Parade, which will let the crowd pass by stationary floats and bands.

As we enter the seventh month of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting Arkansas, KUAF has decided to sunset regular updates to the COVID-19 Updates and Local Information page. There are many outlets dedicating time and resources to provide daily updates and more in-depth information that we encourage you to seek out. Below is a list of those sites, but is in no way comprehnesive.

On today's show, we have an update on the state of the 2020 Census following the appeal of a ruling that extends the completion deadline back to the end of October. Plus, we head back in time through archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History for a look at some of the state's most infamous crime stories. And, we go to Holiday Island where opposition is growing to the upcoming incorporation, mayoral and city council elections.

A judge ruled Thursday the deadline to complete the 2020 Census is being extended from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31. The Justice Department filed an appeal Friday. As the issue works its way through the courts, Arkansas Counts is encouraging Arkansans to complete the survey by Sept. 30.

A University of Arkansas Honors College Signature Seminar class about global social change and making a difference locally will be offered next spring. Three scholars leading the class will deliver a virtual preview lecture Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 5:15 p.m.


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President Trump claimed to have the backing of the "Portland sheriff" during Tuesday night's debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. But the sheriff of that jurisdiction in Oregon immediately responded by saying that's not true.

"As the Multnomah County Sheriff I have never supported Donald Trump and will never support him," said Mike Reese, in a tweet that was also shared by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Months into the coronavirus pandemic, the devastating economic impact on Americans is beginning to be measured. A poll out this month by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, finds that in some of America's largest cities, more than half of the households say they have lost a job, been furloughed, or had wages and hours reduced since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.

The campaign to remove Confederate statues and other symbols of white supremacy in the United States is resonating in Latin America, where protesters have destroyed monuments to European colonizers who brutalized Indigenous populations.

The latest target was a statue of Sebastián de Belalcázar, a Spanish conquistador. He founded the Colombian cities of Popayán and Cali in 1537, while leading a military campaign that killed and enslaved of thousands of Misak Indigenous people.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves football team had to postpone back-to-back contests due to COVID-19 complications.

Head coach Blake Anderson addressed the media Monday morning with hope that his team would be back on track to play at Coastal Carolina this weekend. Anderson said it’s been a challenge, but that his team has dealt with it as well as they could over the past two weeks.

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