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Courtesy / Mercy Health System

With a rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, Mercy Fort Smith and Mercy Northwest Arkansas are proactively reaching out to patients and asking them to consider becoming plasma donors. Convalescent plasma may contain antibodies that may help patients fighting the virus. Donors need to be fully recovered for 28 days before donating plasma.

As the pandemic moves into a ninth month, home sales continue to be strong in the Arkansas River Valley.  Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, explains the phenomenon.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, says he's concerned about the City of Fort Smith following Freedom of Information Act laws.

Magic of Machines is the latest album from The Crumbs. The band will celebrate their new project with a concert at Prairie Street Live this Saturday.

Courtesy / University of Arkansas Fort Smith

This week, voters in Sebastian County voted to end a tax that created about $6 million annually for the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, talks about that and about two elements of the economy doing better than expected during the pandemic.

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, explains why sales tax numbers are up compared to last year in the Fort Smith metro. He also talks about the upcoming retirement of a Sebastian County official and what he thinks we can expect when the votes start being counted Tuesday night.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses an increase in commerce moving along the Arkansas River, the openings of two new businesses in downtown Fort Smith and why counterintuitive jobless numbers for Arkansas actually make sense.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, tells us about the infrastructure plans the city of Fort Smith has in the works for the coming year. He also discusses the name change of a public elementary school and an upcoming tax issue on the Fort Smith ballot.

Courtesy / Fort Smith Museum of History

The Fort Smith Museum of History is hosting a fundraising event that requires nothing more than a contribution. The pandemic closed the museum for months, so UnMasked is meant to raise funds lost during that time.

Courtesy / Valis55 via Wikimedia Commons

Fort Smith and Sebastian County government leaders have entered into discussions with the Arkansas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy regarding to the future of a Confederate monument that stands on the grounds of the county courthouse. The conversations started after the UDC announced it would be moving another Confederate monument that had stood on the Bentonville downtown square.

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