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Classes begin August 19th at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith and the school's new chancellor, Dr. Terisa Riley, says she's ready for the semester to begin.

This week, the Fort Smith City Board of Directors approved a contract with Kitties and Kanines Shelter to provide animal impoundment services after the city and HOPE Humane Society could not reach an agreement. The Board also passed an animal licensing ordinance that will require owners to register their cats and dogs for a fee.

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, explains how a new small park and a possible partnership with Main Street Arkansas, could mean changes for downtown Fort Smith.

Fort Smith is one of the cities that’s considering establishing entertainment districts that would allow patrons to drink in public. This comes after the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 812 earlier this year giving cities the go-ahead to create such designated areas as a means of promoting tourism and hospitality. Meanwhile, Mountain Home is already preparing to launch its entertainment district July 24. 

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, says the past week's news included more people flying out of Fort Smith and a bump in sales tax revenue.