News

NPR NEWS HEADLINES

U.S. Surgeon General Says Working Together Is Key To Combating Opioid Crisis
The country's top public health advocate says the cycle of opioid addiction won't be stopped without more money from Congress and cooperation among federal, state and local officials.

Department Of Justice To Sue To Block AT&T, Time Warner Merger
It was slated to be a massive merger of a telecom and a media company — a deal worth $85 billion. As the case heads to court, this could set up one of the biggest antitrust showdowns in many years.

Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data
Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.

Beloved Singer And Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies At 85
Fans and fellow musicians are mourning the death of entertainer Mel Tillis. Tillis died yesterday after a long illness at the age of 85. He had three dozen Top Ten country hits of his own and wrote dozens more for others, including a monster hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town."

The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Is One Step Closer To Construction
The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted to approve a route for the pipeline, giving TransCanada the permission it needs to build. But there are still big obstacles ahead, both economic and challenges from environmentalists and landowners.

How Charles Manson Left His Mark On Pop Culture
The death of Charles Manson yesterday doesn't end his place in pop culture where he's practically immortal. Manson, despite being in prison for horrific crimes, had a large following and inspired different books and movies.

Kenya's Supreme Court Upholds Presidential Election Results
Kenya's supreme court dismissed challenges to last month's rerun of the presidential election, meaning incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in as president for a second term. This prompted a violent reaction from opposition supporters.

Zimbabwe Is In A Stalemate After Military Takeover
Zimbabwe is at a watershed moment — a slow-motion process to oust Robert Mugabe, the only ruler the nation has known. But will the 75-year-old war veteran, who is known as the Crocodile and is slated to succeed Mugabe bring change to the impoverished nation?

Current And Former Guantanamo Bay Detainees Create 'Ode To The Sea' Art Exhibit
Artwork by current and former detainees of Guantanamo Bay is on display at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. But what does the art represent and why did the college choose to display it?

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Coalition Talks Have Failed
Attempts by German chancellor Angela Merkel to form a coalition government have collapsed — earning a rebuke from the German President, who called on politicians to put aside their party interests for the sake of the country.

Alabama Media Group Condemns Senate Candidate Roy Moore
The Alabama Media Group came out with strong condemnation of Roy Moore, prompting a legal threat from the U.S. Senate candidate. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Alabama Media Group's Vice President of Content Michelle Holmes about that decision.

Democrats Lack Votes To Block Trump's Federal Judge Nominees
Two more of President Trump's nominees for important federal judge spots will have hearings this week. This comes as Republicans are putting the American Bar Association rating process under scrutiny.

Trumps Puts North Korea On List Of Countries Identified As State Sponsors Of Terror
President Trump has added North Korea to the list of nations designated by the U.S. government as state sponsors of terror — joining Sudan, Syria and Iran. North Korea was previously on the list, but taken off in 2008 by the Bush administration during an attempted denuclearization deal.

A Google-Related Plan Brings Futuristic Vision, Privacy Concerns To Toronto
Sidewalk Labs, a sibling company to Google, plans to redevelop Toronto's waterfront as a high-tech, livable lab. Some residents wonder what a data-driven development could mean for privacy.

For Many Puerto Ricans, College Plans Washed Away With Hurricane Maria
As Puerto Rico students settle into high school on the mainland — one big question emerges: What happens to my college plans? That's especially scary for seniors, as application deadlines loom.

KUAF News from Ozarks at Large

State Legislators get an update on measures meant to ease overcrowding in the state's prison system. Arkansas' rural roads receive unfavorable rankings in terms of fatalities and maintenance, and Bentonville officials celebrate the topping out of the city's new community center.
Michael Tilley from The City Wire talks about lingering questions surrounding the Fort Smith Board of Directors and more.
Trucking evolves rapidly and we examine the latest in logistics.
Becca Martin Brown, from Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, says you can be entertained all weekend without spending much cash.
The jazz duo Handmade Moments will release their self-titled album this Thursday at Smoke and Barrel Tavern. Expect cameos from Trout Fishing in America.
The Arkansas Lottery Commission reports the second straight year of declining revenue for the state's scholarship lottery. Rogers Public Schools officials remove a rule that implied a requirement for end of semester exams. And two Arkansas attorneys file a motion in federal court for a summary judgement in regards to the state's ban on same-sex marriages.
A University of Arkansas research team surveyed hundreds of Northwest Arkansas political and business leaders on state energy policy issues. The study stems from a surge of interest in the local electrical grid over the past year, due to controversy over a proposed 60-mile long interstate power transmission line that would cut a wide swath through north Benton and Carroll Counties.
The Fayetteville Public Schools’ Bookmobile is making an impact, through books, on young members of the community in an effort to combat summer learning loss. Catch up with them Monday, July 21 and again July 28 at the following locations: 9:30- Red Oak Park (Carlsbad/Boxley/Bridgeport Subdivision area off Wedington) 10:15- The Links at Wedington (at the roundabout in the middle of the complex) 11:00- Woodway Apartments (by the complex pool) 11:45- Crofton Manor off Mt. Comfort (on Hatterly Street) 12:10- Washington Plaza Apartments (Under a grove of trees towards the back entrance of the complex)
The Sons of Brasil will deliver the second installment in this year's KUAF Summer Jazz Series, this weekend at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. We hear from trumpeter and founder of the group Stan Kessler.
A few things to do this weekend, and if those aren’t enough, enter to win a selection of tickets.