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Born in Alabama in October 1929, Autherine Lucy Foster earned her bachelor's degree in English from Miles College in Fairfield in 1952 and, in 1956, became the first African American student to attend the University of Alabama. Lucy Foster was expelled weeks later after riots broke out when residents learned of her admission but eventually returned to graduate with a master's degree in 1992. She received an honorary doctorate from the school in May 2019. This is her story.

There are plenty of opportunities to see alt-rock, punk, folk and more during the coming weekend.

Thursday, May 23

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Macy Burr's combined loves of music and design are represented in Soundscape Studio. She produces works of art that use the keys and lengths of musical notes to create visual representations of songs.

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An old gas station at the corner of Jenny Lind Road and Dallas Street in Fort Smith is being renovated into a cat shelter. The nonprofit Jen’s Kitty Rehab will be a cage-less facility that will focus on socializing cats with each other and people.

Katy Henriksen speaks with Jessica Andrews at 7Hills Homeless Center about two fundraising events coming up this summer.

May is national Mental Health Awareness Month. KUAF is teaming up with JEMI - Judicial Equality for Mental Illness - on a series of segments highlighting the day-to-day struggle of those dealing with a mental illness as well as some of the inadequacies in local care. Today we hear from Hannah, an outgoing college student with incredble energy....who also lives with four phsychiatric disorders.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide: 1-800-273-8255

Walmart has released a new global responsibility progress report, which details a variety of environmental goals. Plus, John Brummett and Roby Brock discuss comments made by Arkansas U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton during appearances on national television programs. And information on where you can see a live fire demonstration put on by a local fire department.

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Walmart has released a newly designed annual global responsibility progress report which details an array of environmental goals including reducing 1 billion metric tons of carbon emissions from its global supply chains by 2030, an initiative branded Project Gigaton.

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton is up for reelection in 2020 and over the weekend, he made a couple of appearances on national television programs. John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics analyze the Arkansas senator's remarks in their weekly conversation.  

In an effort to educate the public about residential sprinkler systems, the Siloam Springs Fire Department is hosting a live burn demonstration. The event begins at 11 a.m. May 23 at Fire Station #1, which is located at 1450 Cheri Whitlock Dr.  

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In June, Congress will make important decisions about federal funding for public media.

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Bindu Sampath listens over and over to a voicemail of the giggling granddaughter she's never met. She wonders if she ever will.

Sampath's daughter Nimisha, the child's mother, abruptly left their native India three years ago. She'd gone to dental school a few hundred miles north of their hometown in the southwestern state of Kerala. It was there that she met her future husband. She converted to Islam from Hinduism, and he from Christianity. Authorities say they both joined ISIS.

The closest that Travis Rupp came to getting fired from Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, Colo., he says, was the time he tried to make chicha. The recipe for the Peruvian corn-based beer, cobbled together from bits of pre-Incan archaeological evidence, called for chewed corn partially fermented in spit. So, Rupp's first task had been to persuade his colleagues to gather round a bucket and offer up their chompers for the cause.

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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.

At 6:30 am, four of five Gordon family members are roaming around their suburban Sacramento house — if you only count the humans. There's also four dogs, a bunny, a tortoise, chickens, ducks, goats, and a not-so-miniature miniature pig named Squiggy.

Hilary Gordon is discussing the day's schedule with her husband in the middle of wrapping a breakfast sandwich for their 14-year-old, checking on cereal for their 17-year-old, and staring down their 11-year-old who just realized he forgot to finish today's math homework.

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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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