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On today's show, we find out about Community Clinic's newest school-based health center in Pea Ridge. Plus, we head to Bentonville where a coffee roaster is opening a cafe in the woods. And, we hear about a new program that provides free legal assistance to families affected by the opioid epidemic.

Community Clinic is opening its eighth school-based health center inside the new Pea Ridge High School. The clinic, which had its soft opening Monday, is providing access to medical services and educational opportunities for students.

This is the first week where Governor Asa Hutchinson started providing weekly and as-needed briefings on the state's coronavirus response instead of doing daily briefings as he's done throughout the pandemic. In Tuesday's briefing, the Arkansas Department of Health announced 17 additional deaths from COVID-19 bringing the state's total to 1,003. The agency has also started tracking probable coronavirus deaths, which stand at 139 since the start of the pandemic. The new category is based on CDC guidelines.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson is in the middle of his second and last term as governor. According to a new poll from Talk Business and Politics and Hendrix College, he continues to get high approval numbers. Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics and John Brummett, a political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, discuss the findings.

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Bentonville-based Airship Coffee is opening a new open-air cafe at the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. The outside location, which has been in development since 2018, will offer a full espresso menu, beer, wine and limited food items. There is no opening date set, but the company plans to announce a soft opening soon.

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Richard Wright was born in 1908 in Roxie, Miss., and would go on to become one of the most important literary voices in the 20th century. He began writing short stories before moving to Chicago in 1927 and became part of a new wave of Black urban intellectuals joining, and later abandoning, the Communist Party. Wright eventually moved to New York City in 1937 where he received federal funding to write through the Works Progress Administration.

Getting a job, paying rent and other matters can be difficult after struggles with opioid abuse that might have included legal difficulties, which creates long-term issues for individuals who are trying to get or stay sober. The Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas have launched a new program called Beyond Opioids to provide free legal assistance to families who have been affected by the opioid epidemic.

On today's show, in part two of our report on evictions in Arkansas, we find out more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new eviction moratorium, who qualifies for it and how to take advantage of the directive. Plus, we get an update on how Census collection efforts are going as the deadline for completing the count approaches. And, we discuss a new course on the University of Arkansas campus that examines how students in the 1960s and 70s helped create a more inclusive campus.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent could help some tenants stay in their homes, but many either don't know about it or don't know how to take advantage of it. The moratorium is not automatic and tenants who are facing evictions have to sign a form that needs to be submitted to their landlord.

In early August, officials announced the 2020 Census would end Sept. 30, a month earlier than planned. As the deadline draws closer, groups like Arkansas United and Arkansas Counts are continuing to reach out to immigrants and hard-to-count communities in hopes of getting a more accurate count for the census.