Ozarks at Large for Thursday, October 4, 2018

Oct 4, 2018

On today’s show we learn about a new service in Fayetteville that will let neighbors help each other by sending a text message. Plus, we hear about a traveling memorial designed to help us better understand the opioid crisis nationally and in Arkansas.

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The city of Fayetteville is partnering with Hark at the Center for Collaborative Care in Rogers to create the Help a Neighbor Fund. The program will feature a mobile platform where residents can text to donate to the fund to help homeless residents with financial and basic services, and those in need will have access to a website and phone number to receive assistance.

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North Arkansas Regional Medical Center and North Arkansas College in Harrison are collaborating on one of four community paramedic programs in the state. More than a half-dozen EMS students have been certified as community paramedics, who work with patients in their homes to manage non-critical health conditions at no cost. We learn more about community paramedicine and about the college certification course.

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This weekend, the Fayetteville Square will once again be host to an Oktoberfest celebration. We get a preview from Evan MacDonald, vice-president of the Arkansas Brewers Guild.

We get a preview of the next KUAF Vinyl Hour, which airs at 5 p.m. Saturdays on 91.3. Leigh Wood, host of the Vinyl Hour, says this week's show will feature a selection of traditional Ozarks music.

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A traveling exhibit on display in the Arkansas Union at the U of A draws attention to the national opioid crisis. A collection of 22,000 white pills engraved with the face of each American who died in 2015 from an opioid overdose are at the center of Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis. We learn more about the exhibit and about the opioid crisis in Arkansas. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 9.

Region Attracts Residents from Throughout Arkansas, Surrounding States

Oct 4, 2018

Northwest Arkansas has welcomed about 12,000 new residents per year since 2014. In today's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, we learn more about the region's population growth trends, and we get details on a new Aldi being built in Walmart's backyard.

Ozarks at Large for Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Oct 3, 2018

On today’s show, we explore the future of energy in Arkansas and the South. Plus, we hear how a couple of million dollars resulted in a new runway in Springdale. And, Still on the Hill is ready to sing stories about Cane Hill.

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A $2.2 million upgrade project is complete at the Springdale Municipal Airport. Upgrades include a resurfaced runway and installation of LED lighting. The project was paid for through grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and from the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics.

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We get an update on Fayetteville's new bike-share system, which has had more than 5,000 rides since launching in mid-September. We also hear about some of the issues that have arisen since the system's launch, and get tips on how to be a more conscientious bike-share user.

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