On today’s show, a new interactive, online map aims to help with the continued fight against hunger in the region. Plus, we learn how a vaccine could fight the spread of white nose syndrome among bats. And author Elle Nash discusses creating an unlikeable main character.  

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A new, online interactive map and accompanying report assembled from research done by the Center for Governmental Research, which was funded by the Walmart Foundation, shows users food outlets throughout Benton and Washington Counties.

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White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease which has killed millions of cave-dwelling bats in North America including in Arkansas, continues to spread. This month a coalition of Wisconsin wildlife scientists reported a breakthrough citing experiments where bats vaccinated orally or by injection survived at a higher rate and also developed specific anti-fungal immune responses.

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The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, is hosting a CycleNation event Oct. 5 in Bentonville. Officials hosted a kickoff May 17 as an introduction to the event which will raise awareness and funds for heart and stroke research.  

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In today's local news roundup, we discuss new headquarters for Walmart, a dip in the unemployment rate in Arkansas and the chairman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas reacts to the impact of trade tariffs on farmers.

Elle Nash, who lives in northwest Arkansas, says it is fine if the protagonist of her first novel is not likeable. She discussed Animals Eat Each Other during a recent visit to the Carver Center for Public Radio.  

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Becca Martin-Brown from the NWA Democrat-Gazette recently spoke with the captain of the Showboat Branson Belle. She shares what she learned about the boat, which has remained in Table Rock Lake since it was christened in 1995.

On today’s show, public schools are being held to stricter emergency planning standards in recent years, but more childcare facilities in northwest Arkansas are also taking measures. Plus, we get a preview of the weekend’s events with Becca Martin-Brown from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and we hear music by Drawing Blanks from the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio.

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The nonprofit ChildCare Aware of Northwest Arkansas, headquartered in Rogers, educates and trains childcare facility staff how to prepare for an array of emergencies. Springdale Early Learning Academy West, one among hundreds of childcare centers now certified, shows us the drill.

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Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, says this week's Walmart earnings numbers are a mixed bag. He also discusses building permits for the Arkansas River Valley and...pickle ball.

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Formula One world champion Niki Lauda of Austria, who survived a fiery crash in 1976 and went on to win the championship twice more, has died. He was 70.

Born Andreas Nikolaus "Niki" Lauda, he was a prominent race car driver in the 1970s and 1980s, who first won the F1 championship driving for Ferrari in 1975. He's known by many for the serious crash he suffered the next year, in the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring race track, where he suffered third-degree burns to his head and face. At the hospital, Lauda fell into a coma, and also received last rites.

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New documents out tonight provide new details about what Michael Cohen, the president's former attorney, told Congress behind closed doors this March. Cohen already admitted publicly that he misled Congress about the timing of a Trump Tower project in Moscow. He is currently in federal prison serving a three-year sentence. Tonight's revelations have to do with who Cohen says told him to lie and why.

NPR's Tim Mak joins us now from Capitol Hill with details. Hey, Tim.

TIM MAK, BYLINE: Hey there.

Seven years after her death, Whitney Houston may be coming to a venue near you.

The pop icon's estate has partnered with BASE Hologram to produce "An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour," the company revealed in a statement on Monday.

The announcement comes on the heels of a separate deal between the singer's estate and Primary Wave Publishing last week, which is also expected to produce a series of new projects, including a new album, a possible Broadway musical and Vegas-style spectacle.

A 40-year-old California law requiring public school teachers on extended sick leave to pay for their own substitute teachers is under scrutiny by some state lawmakers after NPR member station KQED reported on the practice.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

New documents out tonight provide new details about what Michael Cohen, the president's former attorney, told Congress behind closed doors this March. Cohen already admitted publicly that he misled Congress about the timing of a Trump Tower project in Moscow. He is currently in federal prison serving a three-year sentence. Tonight's revelations have to do with who Cohen says told him to lie and why.

NPR's Tim Mak joins us now from Capitol Hill with details. Hey, Tim.

TIM MAK, BYLINE: Hey there.

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