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Walton Arts Center gets another half million dollars toward its renovation project. This time, the contribution came from General Mills. Ozark city officials approve plans for a 100-slip marina across the Arkansas River from the city. Conservative state lawmaker Nate Bell leaves the GOP to go it on his own. Bentonville prepares for the grand opening this weekend of its new community center. And unemployment continues to decline throughout the region.

Home sales in Benton and Washington counties increased during April, but not as quickly as home values themselves increased. Eight Fayetteville schools, including five elementaries, two middle schools and one junior high, received awards for being among the top 20 percent of schools in the state. The Arkansas Air National Guard has a new commander, and summer lunch programs for children get underway in northwest Arkansas.

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Fayetteville, Springdale and Washington County law enforcement are applying for a joint grant that would result in the three agencies to equip many of their officers with body-worn cameras. Walmart helps out with disaster relief efforts in Texas and Oklahoma. The Illinois River Watershed Partnership uses grant funding to construct a new type of phosphorus removal structure to help improve water quality in the Illinois River Watershed. And sales tax collections are up for the first third of the year in Fort Smith.

The annual food drive had an initial goal of 5,000 pounds of food, but organizers say because of generous support from event sponsors and from the community, more than 40,000 northwest Arkansas resident's won't have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Meanwhile, drainage improvements could close a portion of Highway 264 in Bethel Heights this weekend, and the Drennen-Scott Historic Site in Van Buren gets a grant to help restore a neighboring historic working-class home.

The recent rains and flooding have put low-water crossings of the Buffalo River in the Erbie area under water, and National River officials urge the public to avoid using them until the water recedes and repairs can be made. Another top UA official announces his departure from the Fayetteville campus. The Arkansas National Guard proposes closing eight readiness centers, or armories, throughout the state including the one at Berryville. And part of Dickson Street in Fayetteville will be closed this weekend so upgrades can be made at the street's railroad crossing.