Daniel Caruth

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In the past few years new age spiritual services have seen an increase in interest - the industry is worth nearly $2 billion according to a study tracking the market from 2016 through 2021. Local practitioners and staff at the Four of Wands - a metaphysical shop in Fayetteville - say more young people are turning to these often misunderstood spiritual practices.   

On today's show, Arkansas 211 went statewide just before the pandemic and connects people with problems like food insecurity, medical appointments and more with help. Plus, New Beginnings for people without permanent shelter, and much more.

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Pedal It Forward is partnering with the New Beginnings housing community in Fayetteville to donate bicycles and equipment for each of the center's residents. The bridge community in south Fayetteville, which opened in September, provides temporary housing for people experiencing homelessness in the region. 

On today's show, the city of Eureka Springs enacted a new ordinance that outlaws privately operated short-term vacation rentals. Plus, fall in the Ozarks with a corn maze, and much more.

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The Unexpected in Fort Smith unveiled its latest mural from British street artist Ben Eine on Wednesday. The art work, located at 1000 Garrison Ave., was funded by a 2019 grant from the Division of Arkansas Heritage and draws attention to the issue of mental health. Director of The Unexpected Claire Kolberg says the group had to postpone its annual festival in 2020 and scale back operations this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On today's show, The University of Arkansas alum’s book is a New York Times Bestseller and will be adapted by Netflix. Plus, one of the oldest hand-cut stone dams on the Arkansas Ozarks, in a remote part of Eureka Springs, at risk of failure, is being restored.

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The Arkansas Department of Health is encouraging people to get vaccinated for the flu this fall to avoid an outbreak and potential strain on the state's hospitals. After a mild flu season in 2020, ADH officials say immunity to new strains of influenza could be worse if more people aren't vaccinated. Health units across the state are offering the flu shot to anyone at no cost. 

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SameSport, an online database, is helping to connect athletes with disabilities to adaptive sports programs in northwest Arkansas. The organization aims to make sports more inclusive and address widespread barriers to access in the region. 

On today's show, a study led by a researcher at UAMS demonstrates mental health is important during pregnancy and labor. Plus, a crisis stabilization unit in Washington County is returning, and much more.