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Child Abuse Cases Go Up, Along With Need For Advocates

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By Terrah Baker Child abuse in NWA keeps going up, said director of development & marketing for the Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA) program Julie Lolley. According to the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence, numbers rose from 3,670 cases of child abuse in Arkansas in 2011 to 4,528 in 2012 —…

The High Voltage Bridge from Nowhere to Nowhere

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SWEPCO

Special Contribution By Mikel Lolley AEP/SWEPCO is requesting the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) approve a 345,000 volt transmission line from Benton County to Carroll County, carried atop 180-foot tall towers, requiring a 150-foot wide swath of denuded right-of-way, and cutting right across the most scenic part of the “Natural State.” The cost, about a…

Developing Green Transportation in Northwest Arkansas

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Special Contribution By Gary R. HuxelTransportation is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions on local and regional scales for much of the U.S., Europe and other industrialized areas. Nationwide in the U.S., transportation accounts for 28 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2011, second only to energy production (33 percent) according…

That’s Tax-Free?

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By Tanya Giraldo The 2013 Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday is just around the corner and a couple of questions arise when looking at the detailed list of tax-free items. What started three years ago as a tax break for back-to-school purchases, has become the weekend that retailers prepare their employees for Black Friday-like crowds and…

The Bad Boys Of American Food

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The original list of toxic ingredients found in American foods, and often banned in other countries, can be found in Dr. Jayson Calton and certified nutritionist Mira Calton’s book, Rich Food, Poor Food. It shines a whole new light on what consumers are, well, consuming. For more information on the Calton’s book, visit their website…

Fayetteville Supports Carbon Fee And Dividend

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Future Legislation Could Curb Impact Of Global Warming On The People By Terrah Baker When climate change begins to take affect, it will be the citizens who feel the hardships, according to scientists. They often don’t specifically mention this, but they don’t have to when they talk about the looming droughts, unpredictable super-storms, and high…

The Alliance Completes Paddling Trips with Area Youth

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Staff Report Beaver Watershed Alliance (the Alliance) recently completed a series of paddling trips with area youth. The trip was one of four paddling day-trips that the Alliance held, in partnership with Pack Rat Outdoor Center, through the Northwest Arkansas Youth Paddling Days program. This program was funded by a grant received earlier this year…

All-Ages Arcades Back From Dead In NWA, Better Than Ever

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By Daniel McFaden Two kids and one grown man occupy a bright orange couch at the back of the room playing Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo respectively. Three girls, no older than 6, cram into the cockpit of “Pole Position II” while a college student plays Battleship with her little brother by the front windows….

Omni Protests Torture And Abuse During Torture Awareness Month

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Torture

Special Contribution By Dick Bennett The U.S. government has tortured people at CIA “black sites,” at Army prisons like Abu Ghraib and Bagram, and at prisons run by cooperating countries, called “extraordinary rendition.” Our government has also assassinated many people — not only alleged foreign enemies but U.S. citizens (all without charge or trial) —…

Permanent Outdoor Theater Approved For NWA

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Staff Report The Walton Arts Center Council approved plans to build a mid-sized, permanent outdoor amphitheater that will attract headlining artists and bigger audiences to Northwest Arkansas. As part of a multi-campus expansion to grow arts and entertainment in the region, the new venue will serve as a major stop for big touring concerts in…