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A group of young professionals called 16B, which is affiliated with Fort Smith's 64.6 Downtown organization, will be holding a block party this weekend aimed at ending period poverty. Attendees are encouraged to bring a box of tampons in exchange for two raffle tickets. All tampon donations will be distributed to Next Step Homeless Services, Riverview Hope Campus and Fort Smith Crisis Intervention Center.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, looks at higher tourism spending figures for the Arkansas River Valley and a big new project announced for the region.

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After 12 years in the making, city, state and national leaders gathered in Fort Smith Tuesday to dedicate the U.S. Marshals Museum building and Hall of Honor, which memorializes fallen marshals. The museum's foundation still needs to raise $15 million to complete the visitor experience inside.

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Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics says 2018 was a good year for tourism in Arkansas and it appears that trend is continuing. The state's tourism tax is up 5.7 percent in the first six months of the year.

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The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith held a public discussion forum Tuesday evening following several weeks of community frustration after a former player accused the men's basketball coach of racial discrimination on the basis of his hair. UAFS cleared the coach of the allegations last week.

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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.