Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large

Voter registration in advance of this year's midterm election has closed, and some areas have seen an increase in registrations compared to 2014. We hear some of the possible reasons why, and we also get some advice from a local elections coordinator on how to prepare for the election. Early voting begins Oct. 22, and election day is Nov. 6.


Small businesses in Arkansas can now receive assistance with breaking into international markets. The U.S. Small Business Administration and Arkansas World Trade Center on Wednesday signed a strategic alliance memorandum with the goal of providing financial assistance to small businesses looking for international opportunities.

courtesy: Casey Brewster

Eastern collared lizard populations are declining fast because of fire suppression. The collared lizard makes its home in open and sunny glades, or small slices of desert in the Ozarks. We speak with a biology doctoral candidate about how the decline of glade habitats in Arkansas are affecting lizard populations.

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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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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.