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'Hamilton,' Highways and Hefty Bills


On today's show, Cherokee Nation officials reveal plans for the tribal nation's drug treatment center. Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders' education overhaul is packed into 144-page Senate bill filed yesterday afternoon. Also, Arkansas Sen. John Boozman's "Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2021" has been introduced in Congress. Plus, the Arkansas Department of Transportation seeks comments on a highway project in Benton County, a University of Arkansas Professor tours with "Hamilton" and more.

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  • The Cherokee Nation unveiled its 17,000-square-foot drug treatment center in Tahlequah this past week. The center is made possible through the tribal nation's historic opioid settlement fund, and is one part of the Cherokee Nation's amended Public Health and Wellness Fund Act. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said nearly a third of the opioids distributed in Oklahoma in recent years were shipped to the Cherokee Nation.
  • Catching up on the past 24 hours: the education reform package Arkansas LEARNS is introduced, ArDOT seeks comments about a highway project in Benton County and land has been donated for an animal shelter in Fort Smith.
  • Jason Burrow, associate professor of musical theater at the University of Arkansas, is on sabbatical while he serves as associate music director for a touring production of "Hamilton."
  • U.S. Republican Senator John Boozman (R-AR) has long-made child hunger a legislative priority. He's an enduring proponent of "hunger-free summers" where qualifying students are provided free nutritious summer lunches to tide them over between school sessions. This coming summer, however, millions more students will have access to summer meals under “The Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act of 2021,” approved by Congress late last year. The bipartisan measure, co-sponsored by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), expands traditional summer school lunch programming.
  • John Kirk, the author of “Winthrop Rockefeller: From New Yorker to Arkansawyer, 1912-1956," will speak at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History tomorrow at 6p.m. Kirk the George W. Donaghey Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, talked with us about the book when it was released.
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