Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large

On today's show, we check in with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics. He discusses home sales and the state's hospitality industry. Plus, we get a preview of the newest exhibit at The Momentary in Bentonville that focuses on racism and gun violence. And, we head to Zinc, Arkansas where residents share the true history of the town, which has recently attracted negative attention because of its proximity to a chapter of the KKK.

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Fayetteville city leaders gathered at Fay Jones Woods on Thursday to break ground on phase one of the construction of the Cultural Arts Corridor, which voters approved in a special bond election in 2019. Phase one will include the development of the woods, streetscape improvements along West Avenue and the reconstruction of parts of the Razorback Regional Greenway.

On today's show, we find out how a local group called Vote Safe Arkansas is partnering with Northwest Arkansas election commissions to make sure everyone can vote safely in the General Election. Plus, we learn how the pandemic has changed the way substitute teachers work with some local school districts. And, we hear about how Bridge the Gap is working to connect with militia groups in Arkansas during a cookout in Harrison over Labor Day weekend.

The Washington and Benton County Election Commissions have teamed up with a local group called Vote Safe Arkansas to make sure voting in the General Election is as safe as possible for as many people as possible. In addition to safety protocols like social distancing and plexiglass shields, they're recruiting more poll workers, raising money for PPE and launching a social media campaign.

On today’s show, following recent police shootings across the country activists have been calling for defunding the police, including in Fayetteville — where activists are demanding the city not invest in a new police headquarters.  Plus, basketball all-star Sidney Moncrief discusses his new book about diversity and inclusion titled The G.R.I.T. Factor. And, our Militant Grammarian gives us a quiz based in language shorthand.

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After Fayetteville voters approved nearly $37 million in funding for a new police department headquarters in a special election in 2019, the city has entered the design phase of the project. But following the recent police shootings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake, opponents are calling for the money to be invested elsewhere.

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The Benton County Circuit Court has ruled that the decision about what to do with the dam at Lake Bella Vista rests with the City of Bentonville. Following multiple flooding events that severely damaged the dam, the city asked for a declaratory judgement to resolve its obligations to the property's previous owners.

On today’s show: so how was that first week of school? We talk with several families who made different choices. Plus three simple but very important questions for your next clinic or hospital visit. And we hear some very famous voices from the past, unearthed from the Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History archives. 

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We speak with a couple of local first graders and their parents (mostly their parents) about their first impressions of their first week of school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jake is a first grader at Greenland Elementary School and is attending classes in person. Meanwhile, Hazel is a first grader who is learning virtually at Apple Glen Elementary in Bentonville.

On today's show, we have the latest information from the governor's coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we explain what's contributing to the difference between the COVID-19 death toll figures reported by county coroners and those reported by the Arkansas Department of Health. And, we find out how Arts Live Theatre is adapting to the realities of holding performances during a pandemic.

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