Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics tells us how a new park and partnership could make a big impact on downtown Fort Smith. Plus, Washington County officials address concerns about the way the Northwest Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Unit has been operating for the last month. And, we go to a tallgrass prairie where a team of U of A biologists are tracking rare reptiles and amphibians.

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, explains how a new small park and a possible partnership with Main Street Arkansas, could mean changes for downtown Fort Smith.

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About a month after city, county and state leaders cut the ribbon on the Northwest Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Unit in Fayetteville, county leaders called a media conference to address concerns brought up about the facility’s operations. Mental health advocates were concerned about the number of people who’ve been admitted since the unit started accepting clients two and a half weeks ago.

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Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, gives us a few ways to have fun outside after the sun goes down.

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On remnant lush native tallgrass prairies in Arkansas, a team of University of Arkansas Willson Lab biologists over the past two summers have discovered rare reptiles and amphibians, some in need of ecological conservation.

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Serrano-Torres, a cellist based in Northwest Arkansas, is releasing a new EP called Embrace. The new 8-song album is his first solo project.

We have the latest on regional opportunities in health care and the arts presented by the Northwest Arkansas Council at their annual meeting. Plus, cities across the state, including Fort Smith, are considering creating entertainment districts that would allow public consumption of alcohol. And, NWA Space is marking the 50thanniversary of the moon landing with a party on the Bentonville Square.

The annual meeting of the Northwest Arkansas Council included news about future health care and art projects in Northwest Arkansas.

Fort Smith is one of the cities that’s considering establishing entertainment districts that would allow patrons to drink in public. This comes after the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 812 earlier this year giving cities the go-ahead to create such designated areas as a means of promoting tourism and hospitality. Meanwhile, Mountain Home is already preparing to launch its entertainment district July 24. 

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Apollo 11 took U.S. astronauts to the moon 50 years ago. NWA Space is marking the occasion with a party July 20 on the Bentonville Square. Guests can view the moon through telescopes and listen to audio logs from the historic event.  

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Cambodia's prime minister has denounced as "fake news" a report in The Wall Street Journal that his country had signed a secret deal to allow Chinese warships to use a naval base in the Gulf of Thailand.

"This is the worst-ever made up news against Cambodia," Hun Sen told the country's pro-government Fresh News on Monday, according to The South China Morning Post.

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Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has died at age 72, leaving a vacancy at the top of the monitoring body just as tensions over Iran's nuclear ambitions appear to be reaching a critical threshold.

The former Japanese diplomat had led the United Nations' nuclear watchdog since 2009. He was integral to the negotiations leading up to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the agreement last year.

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