Ozarks At Large

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On today's show, we hear from proponents and opponents of Issue 1, which asks voters to approve changing term limits for the state's General Assembly. Plus, we find out why the Confederate flags installed on certain graves in a Eureka Springs historic cemetery are going to stay where they are. And, we're launching a new podcast called "The Movement That Never Was: A People's Guide to Anti-Racism in the South and Arkansas" that explores the explosion of interest in anti-racist movements.

Issue 2 asks voters to approve changing term limits for the General Assembly described in Amendment 73 of the Arkansas Constitution. The amendment would eliminate lifetime term limits, but require breaks in service for future state senators and representatives.

J. Froelich / KUAF

A large collection of Confederate flags, permanently installed over the past several years on certain graves in Eureka Springs historic cemetery by a neo-Confederacy group, will remain in place after the town cemetery commission ruled the flags are a form of free speech.

A new Heartland Forward report lays out a strategy for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and long-term prosperity for the Northwest Arkansas region. The plan consists of seven key points including growing the economy and jobs around big company anchors, and making diversity and inclusion a regional priority.

After having to cancel this year's events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bentonville Soup organizers have released a Bentonville and Benton County-specific voter guide that includes information on candidates running for City Council, Quorum Court, and the state and U.S. House and Senate races. Bentonville Soup is a nonprofit that promotes community-based development by hosting crowdfunding dinner events.

Courtesy / Mike Keckhaver

This week's visit with Randy Dixon from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History is about efforts to reform Arkansas's prisons, which have been accused of corruption, violence, torture and lack of food. We hear archived material, as well as new interviews with people who are part of a story that's unfolded over the last several decades starting with a ruling in 1969 that deemed several aspects of the existing prison system unconstitutional.

On today's show, we learn about the strict rules that regulate poll watching during elections. Plus, we have highlights the University of Arkansas chancellor's annual State of the University address. And, we head to Springdale where three candidates of color are running for seats on the City Council in the rapidly diversifying city.

Courtesy / Vote Safe Arkansas

Early voting begins Monday, Oct.19, in Arkansas in advance of the Nov. 3 General Election. Along with a surge in new poll workers, we can expect more poll watchers to be present this cycle. But just who can watch and how they can watch is strictly regulated by state and county election administrators. 

 

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, tells us about the infrastructure plans the city of Fort Smith has in the works for the coming year. He also discusses the name change of a public elementary school and an upcoming tax issue on the Fort Smith ballot.

Courtesy / University of Arkansas

During his annual State of the University address Thursday, University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz reflected on how the campus community has adapted amid a pandemic and how that flexibility will need to continue as faculty, staff and students head into an uncertain future. The full speech can be viewed on the U of A's YouTube channel.

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