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On today's show, we hear about a new campaign from the Arkansas Department of Human Services that encourages parents to vaccinate their children, especially if they've been putting it off because of the pandemic. Plus, we have our weekly discussion between Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics and John Brummett of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. And, we head to Fayetteville's newest park to find out how development is going.

Courtesy / Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas has seen a decline in childhood vaccinations compared to last year. ARKids First and the Department of Human Services have launched the Don't Wait, Vaccinate! campaign to encourage parents who may have delayed their children's vaccinations due to the pandemic to get those vaccines now.

Again this week, John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, have plenty to discuss. They consider the New York Times reporting on President Trump's tax returns, tonight's debate and why Arkansas politics appears to be following an national trend.

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About seven miles of new soft-surface trails have opened at Fayetteville's Millsap Mountain while the rest of the development of Centennial Park continues. The trails can be used by hikers and trail runners, but they are specifically optimized for mountain bikes. The open portions of the park include both beginner and intermediate trails.

Greenwood's Christmas Parade is a city staple, but the pandemic has posed a challenge to holding such events. So, instead, the city will host the first-ever Reverse Christmas Parade, which will let the crowd pass by stationary floats and bands.

On today's show, we have an update on the state of the 2020 Census following the appeal of a ruling that extends the completion deadline back to the end of October. Plus, we head back in time through archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History for a look at some of the state's most infamous crime stories. And, we go to Holiday Island where opposition is growing to the upcoming incorporation, mayoral and city council elections.

A judge ruled Thursday the deadline to complete the 2020 Census is being extended from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31. The Justice Department filed an appeal Friday. As the issue works its way through the courts, Arkansas Counts is encouraging Arkansans to complete the survey by Sept. 30.

A University of Arkansas Honors College Signature Seminar class about global social change and making a difference locally will be offered next spring. Three scholars leading the class will deliver a virtual preview lecture Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 5:15 p.m.

This week's archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History focus on some of the infamous crime stories that have taken place across the state in the last century.

Courtesy / Holiday Island Chamber of Commerce

Residents of the unincorporated community of Holiday Island are expected to vote this coming election to not only incorporate as a town, but to elect their first mayor and city council. A slate of opponents, however, is waging what some describe as a disinformation campaign on the village's social media channels to upset the election. 

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