Ozarks At Large

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Coordinators for the Slow Streets NWA program are asking for public input on expanding routes intended to provide safe access for pedestrians and cyclists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is expected to run on the weekends from May through June and from September through October in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. 

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Daisy Bates is a towering figure in Arkansas and U.S. history. The writer, mentor, activist and leader is the subject of this week's archive tour with Randy Dixon from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History. We hear her voice and the voices of those who were inspired by her.

This month, a virtual conference hosted by the Walton Family Foundation included a panel discussion about the region's growth and inclusivity. Allyson Esposito, the executive director of the Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange, discussed how art can be used to tell the stories of underrepresented communities in the region.

On today's show, we check in with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics to discuss this week's headlines out of the Arkansas River Valley. Plus, we hear from clean water advocates and U.S. Sen. John Boozman as the Biden administration orders the Obama-era "Waters of the United States" rule be reinstated. And, we have an excerpt of a panel discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as Northwest Arkansas continues to attract more people.

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In the first months of his presidency, Donald Trump issued an executive order rescinding the “Waters of the United States” rule, promulagated by President Barak Obama in 2015 to protect certain streams, wetlands, and groundwater under the Clean Water Act. Now, President Joe Biden has ordered the rule to be reinstated. U.S.

During their regular meeting Thursday, the majority of the Washington County justices of the peace voted against an ordinance that would put a portion of the county's CARES Act reimbursement toward pandemic financial aid programs. Late last year, the county received $4.5 million from the state's allotment of federal relief funding.

This month, the Walton Family Foundation hosted a virtual conference in tandem with the release of a five-year strategy for the foundation and its partners. One of the panels focused on diversity and inclusion as Northwest Arkansas continues to attract more people. On today's show, we hear from Benton County Judge Barry Moehring and Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese Executive Director Melisa Laelan.

The weather and the virus are keeping people home, but there are still other ways to get out. Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, tells us about a hike at Devil's Den that you can do from your couch and other virtual and in-person events taking place this weekend.

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Pipes froze and burst in homes and buildings across Arkansas this week as temperatures plunged into the negatives. Plumbers and insurance agents say they expect the next few weeks to be busy as people file claims for repairs.

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Families across the region broke out their sleds after two storms dumped several inches of snow across Arkansas. This audio postcard captures some of the sounds of winter fun heard at Wilson Park in Fayetteville.