Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Senior Editor Rex Nelson offers his analysis on the state's oldest daily newspaper's decision to go digital six days a week. Plus, a recap of the latest earnings report from Bentonville-based America's Car-Mart in today's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report.

In today's news roundup, Governor Asa Hutchinson announces the latest step in his effort to transform state government, Sebastian County copes with flooding and the Arkansas Razorback baseball team advances in the SEC Tournament.

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Today is World Turtle Day, so we're taking the time to appreciate Arkansas turtles with herpetologist Kory Roberts, author of the website Herps of Arkansas. World Turtle Day has been sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue since 2000. Its purpose is to increase knowledge and respect for turtles and tortoises and to encourage action to help them survive and thrive.

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Dr. Dustin Lynch will present a program on Ozark Highland aquatic environments, including the Buffalo River watershed, May 28th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Boone County Public Library, sponsored by Buffalo National River Partners.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Pastor Clint Schnekloth is back with another summer reading suggestion. He recommends These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lapore, which he says discusses some of the most recent events in the nation's development.

Top-ranking Haas Hall Academy, which operates four public-enrollment charter school campuses in northwest Arkansas, is being advised by the Arkansas Department of Education to increase student diversity. Plus, Siloam Springs readies for the grand opening of Memorial Park this weekend. And a cage-less cat shelter is taking shape in Fort Smith.

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Top-ranking Haas Hall Academy, which operates four public-enrollment charter school campuses in northwest Arkansas, is being advised by the Arkansas Department of Education to increase student diversity. Jay Barth, Chair of the Arkansas Board of Education, says achieving diversity in Arkansas charter schools to reflect local communities from where students originate will require new strategies.

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Mercy held a blessing ceremony and ribbon cutting at its newest EMS station in Rogers. The executive director of the EMS program says the new facility will allow Mercy to better fulfill its mission in Rogers and eastern Benton County.

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About a year after breaking ground, Siloam Springs' Memorial Park will open to the public May 25. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 10 a.m. and will be followed by three free concerts throughout the day. The new park includes an ampitheater, concession stand, water feature and a new home for the farmers market.

Today's news roundup includes a confirmed case of whooping cough at a Fayetteville middle school, an update on the air quality near the Bella Vista stump dump and unofficial results from school board elections in Washington County.

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Ohio has one of the largest female prison populations in the country. There are about nine times more women behind bars in the state today as there were just a few decades ago. And experts agree addiction has been fueling this rapid growth. Paige Pfleger from member station WOSU reports on one program inside a state prison that's trying to help women overcome addiction and change their lives.

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Ohio has one of the largest female prison populations in the country. There are about nine times more women behind bars in the state today as there were just a few decades ago. And experts agree addiction has been fueling this rapid growth. Paige Pfleger from member station WOSU reports on one program inside a state prison that's trying to help women overcome addiction and change their lives.

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