northwest Arkansas

Peace At Home Family Shelter

KUAF Operations Manager Pete Hartman speaks over the phone with Dani Dean of Peace At Home Family Shelter. Peace at Home Family Shelter is a nonprofit organization providing shelter, services, and support to adults and children fleeing domestic violence in Northwest Arkansas. Peace At Home has recently launched a new encrypted web chat crisis hotline for survivors to reach out to Monday through Friday from 2-6pm.

Courtesy / Washington County Sheriff's Office

The small city of Gravette is in the spotlight this week after a man who appeared in a photo of House Speak Nancy Pelosi's offices during Wednesday's pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol went viral. Mayor Kurt Maddox addressed the situation in a statement on the city's Facebook page as staff and police were flooded with calls, emails and messages via social media once the man was identified as Richard Barnett. Barnett was arrested this morning by the FBI on charges of entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry and theft of public property.

Northwest Arkansas's economy is ranking as the 21st most dynamic in the country and the third most dynamic among midsize metro areas. A new report from Heartland Forward examines the region's health.

Z. Sitek / KUAF

Governor Asa Hutchinson was in Springdale Wednesday morning to meet with regional city and county officials, school administrators and business community leaders. The governor also made stops in Benton and Jonesboro this week ahead of an address to Arkansans this evening at 7 p.m. A group of unmasked protesters stood outside the Jones Center to express their opposition to state mandates.

Courtesy / Washington Regional Medical System

Heading into November, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the establishment of the Winter COVID-19 Task Force. One of the task force members is Larry Shackelford, the president and CEO of Washington Regional Medical System. Shackelford discusses his role in the group, regional hospital capacity and his concerns about the numerous holidays coming up in the next few weeks.

Courtesy / NWA Council

The Northwest Arkansas Council is taking applications for its Life Works Here initiative, which comes with a $10,000 incentive and other perks aimed at attracting STEAM talent to the region. The effort has drawn excitement as well as criticism from those who believe the organization and its funders should also focus on Northwest Arkansans struggling during the pandemic.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows Northwest Arkansas is 18th in national per capita personal income rankings. The per capita personal income in the region stands at $65,306. Mervin Jebaraj, the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas, tells us more about this metric of an area's success.

This month, the Bentonville Planning Commission approved a multifamily housing development called City U that will be located near downtown. City Councilman Bill Burckart says the project will address some of the concerns expressed by the Northwest Arkansas Regional Housing Task Force, which provided insights for a forthcoming report on the region’s housing woes.

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Hundreds of homes are being built in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley, as well as other regions across the country, but the building boom is facing a skilled labor shortage. We learn about what the shortage means for home builders, homebuyers, tradespeople and prospective apprentices. 

Community Spotlight - NWA Master Naturalists

Jan 18, 2017

NWA Master Naturalists impact the community in many ways.  They will be holding training sessions in Benton and Washington Counties.  You can visit their website here for more information.