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Activists voice concern of Wash. Co. jail expansion

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Arkansas Justice Reform Coalition filed a five year moratorium on the expansion of Benton and Washington county jails. This development follows the Washington County Sheriff’s decision to file for Arkansans to vote on the expansion. Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder said overcrowded jails has become more of a concern over the […]
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Washington County Sheriff: 'Let community vote on jail expansion'

WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS, Ark. — Overcrowding has been an issue for Washington County jails for the last eight years. In 2020, the Springdale Police Department closed their jail, increasing the over-population issue at the Washington County Detention Center. Before the closing of the Springdale jail, the Washington County Sheriff’s...

Bilingual Springdale High School students will help at polls on Election Day

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Springdale high school students will be helping at the polls on election day. A couple of students from Springdale High School will be using their language skills to help Spanish and Marshallese speaking voters cast their ballots, and they say they’re making their family proud. Springdale High School students Ninel Manjarrez […]
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I-49 wrong way driver stopped by spike strips

ROGERS, Ark. — A wrong-way driver created a dangerous situation on I-49 early Wednesday morning. An older couple got confused and entered I-49 in Rogers the wrong way by mistake, according to Arkansas State Police. Washington County deputies spotted the vehicle and followed to try to stop it. The...

NWACC has new options for nursing students

A new track for nursing students at NorthWest Arkansas Community College's Washington County location will allow students to do most of their rotations on nights and weekends.What's happening: The rotations will be at Washington Regional Medical Center starting in August. Mark Wallenmeyer, dean of health professions at NWACC, told Axios that some required rotations for specialty areas, such as pediatrics, will still have to be completed elsewhere.Why it matters: Night and weekend rotations make it easier for people who want to pursue nursing as a second career and still juggle work. The additional track also opens up 40 more spaces for nursing students, Wallenmeyer said.This increases the number of nursing students NWACC can take from 160 to 200. He estimates there are about 290 open nursing positions within a 25-mile radius of Fayetteville.
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Air quality improves in Northwest Arkansas

Residents might breathe easier knowing the Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith metros have some of the cleanest air in the United States, a new report shows. Nonprofit American Lung Association recently released its 23rd annual State of the Air report that listed the two metros among the cleanest for short-term particle and ozone air pollution. And, Washington County was listed as one of the cleanest U.S. counties for the two pollution metrics. The county also received A grades for zero high ozone or high particle pollution days from 2018-2020.