Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large
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The HOPE Humane Society animal shelter in Fort Smith is closing its doors come mid-July after the organization and the City of Fort Smith could not reach an agreement on a contract renewal for impoundment services. For a list of dogs still available for adoption, click here.

We hear about the opening of the state’s first regional Robotics Training Center in Fayetteville. Plus, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office begins a discussion about expanding the detention center to meet the needs of the growing population outside and inside its jail. And the Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation unveils its first Monument Trails project at Hobbs State Park.

As the population of Benton County and its cities grows year to year, the Benton County Sheriff's Office has begun a discussion about the future needs of its current 669-bed detention center. With a seven percent population increase at the jail each year for the last three years, detention staff say they need to start looking at what options they have for expansion.

Vermont senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders attended the annual Walmart Shareholders Meeting on behalf of protesters and workers seeking higher wages and more representation in the company. Plus, the Ozark Guidance Summer Professional Development Series, which features sessions on suicide and self-injury, anxiety and unconscious bias, opens up to the public. And we find out what it takes to be able to cast a ballot in the Tony Awards.

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Vermont senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was in Rogers Wednesday to attend the annual Walmart Shareholders Meeting on behalf of protesters and workers seeking higher wages and more representation in the company. Sanders proposed a resolution that would give hourly workers a seat on the Walmart Board of Directors and urged company leadership to raise the minimum wage from $11 an hour to $15.

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