Ozarks at Large Stories

News and Culture Stories about Northwest Arkansas, the Arkansas River Valley and more from Ozarks at Large

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Tuesday morning, the long-planned U.S. Marshals Museum began to rise from the ground in Fort Smith. Construction crews began to install the first steel columns of the structure, which is expected to be complete in fall 2019.

J. Froelich / KUAF

In mid November, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality ordered C&H Hog Farms to cease operations, citing potential pollution of the Buffalo River watershed. The farm has been opposed by the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance since it opened six miles upstream of the Buffalo River along Big Creek. Despite the order by ADEQ, the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation is supporting the farm's operators in their legal push to exert their "rights to farm."

Be Well Arkansas is an expansion of the Arkansas Department of Health's tobacco cessation services to provide Arkansans with resources to improve their health. The initiative includes a call center where Arkansans can speak with wellness counselors about diabetes and blood pressure control. Services are accessible by calling 833-283-WELL or visiting BeWellArkanas.org.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Arkansas is one of nine states that does not provide a live video stream of floor proceedings in the Senate. That will change when the General Assembly convenes in January. Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren and Senate Minority Leader Keith Ingram shared thoughts on what effects a live video stream could have on the Senate.

The coming weekend offers a little bit of everything: EDM, folk, hip-hop, metal, and a few jazz opportunities.

Wednesday Nov. 28

Thursday, Nov. 29