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April 30 is the deadline for rental property owners to submit contact information to the Fayetteville Landlord's Representative Registry. Those who fail to register will be subject to fines. There are no fees to submit information or to access the database.

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The Fayetteville Public Library's new commercial kitchen passed health inspection last week and is ready to host teaching and learning opportunities. Executive Director David Johnson says people and organizations will be able to check the kitchen out like a book and programming at the new facility will be driven by community members. The kitchen will also be used to supply the library's new deli with fresh food items.

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In 2018, the Batesville School District voted to work with Entegrity Partners to go solar to make room in its budget for salary increases for teachers. Now, Entegrity is working with 20 other school districts to harness the power of the sun to save money. Aside from becoming more affordable overall, Arkansas laws like the Solar Access Act of 2019, have made it more economically feasible for public entities like school districts to make the switch to solar power.

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Professional cycling athletes put their support for Arkansas's transgender community on display this weekend at the first round of the U.S. Cup Olympic qualifier events in Fayetteville. Ellen Noble, who races for Trek Bikes and Red Bull, donned temporary tattoos of the LGBTQ and trans flags on her legs during the short track race. She says she wanted to make it clear she opposes the laws that have been passed in Arkansas.

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Professional and amateur cyclists from around the world are making statements regarding the several national and international level events that will be taking place in Fayetteville over the next few months. The reaction comes after the state legislature passed several bills that some racers say unfairly target transgender athletes and children. Some of the athletes have called for boycotts, while others are calling on cycling governing bodies to change venues for the races.

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After 10 hours of executive session on March 4, the Fayetteville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to terminate the employment of Executive Director Angela Belford, who was hired to run the agency in March 2019. The board had originally suspended Belford on Feb. 25 to investigate complaints made by public housing residents, as well as former and current staff members. 

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A group of longtime Fayetteville residents with roots in the area that go back decades is concerned there could be an unmarked cemetery beneath a development that's under construction in the city's industrial park. The 1.6 acres of land is located between Combs Cemetery and the Leeper family cemetery, which are both protected burial grounds. Representatives for the city say there is no visible evidence of a cemetery and the exclusions included in deeds going back to the mid-1800s are insufficient.

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A degraded wetland in the White River Watershed in southeast Fayetteville, which is jointly owned by the city and the Watershed Conservation Resource Center, is undergoing ecological restoration.

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Last week, the University of Arkansas carried out a prescribed burn on 10 acres of an oak savanna habitat that is being restored and enhanced in south Fayetteville. Situated along Razorback Road and part of the trail connection to the Razorback Greenway, the grove is one of the few remaing upland prairies and savannas of the western Ozark Mountains.

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The Fayetteville City Council has approved new regulations for electric vehicle charging stations on private property. The standards require publicly available car chargers to be a level 2 charger, have a minimum 30 amps on a 240-volt circuit and be connected to a network that allows users to find them on a cellphone. The city's environmental director says the regulations will help the city establish LEED accreditation.