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NWA's increasing diverse population sparks new services

Subscriber onlyPatrick Boaz saw a language barrier keeping elderly residents from knowing what was happening in the community, so he started a Marshallese newspaper. Continue reading...

Originally aiming for career in medicine,Amazeum director fell in love with museum world

Subscriber onlySam Dean is the the executive director of the Scott Family Amazeum. He began leading the children’s museum in November 2012; it opened July 15. The museum anticipated about 180,000 people would visit the museum in the first year, but attendance surpassed that in the first six months. Dean said the museum has nearly 7,000 member households. Continue reading...

Health insurance act's effect 'hard to gauge,' hospital leaders say

Subscriber onlyLocal health care administrators said the Affordable Care Act is giving more people health insurance coverage, but they still haven't been able to quantify the effect it's having on their facilities. Continue reading...

Treatment, education, conference part of Pacific Islander center's first year

Subscriber onlyThe Center for Pacific Islander Health's first year has been busy. It helped more than 100 Marshallese residents receive free diabetes treatment, trained 40 Marshallese to become medical interpreters and assisted several churches in planting gardens since opening last summer. Continue reading...

Medical clinics increase across region

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas residents looking for medical care are finding an increasing number of options. Continue reading...

Montague to lead new Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Springdale

Subscriber onlyTrisha Montague will lead Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest, soon to be under construction in Springdale. She took over as the hospital’s senior vice president of regional services in November. She is overseeing key leadership positions and the on-site construction of the 225,000-square-foot, 24-bed hospital on 37 acres near Arvest Ballpark. Continue reading...

New UA chancellor balances administrative responsibilities and students

Subscriber onlyJoseph E. Steinmetz became chancellor of the University of Arkansas on Jan. 1. Continue reading...

3,161 jobs forecast for NW Arkansas

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas employers expect to hire 3,161 workers and invest $336 million over the next three years, both more than business leaders projected last year. Continue reading...

Washington Regional postpones Fayetteville surgeries following rare brain disorder discovery

Subscriber onlyWashington Regional Medical Center didn't use its operating rooms Wednesday morning after officials learned a patient was preliminarily diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disease. Continue reading...

Benton County still state's healthiest; Washington County third

Subscriber onlyBenton County remains the state's healthiest, and its residents earned the top mark for healthy behaviors. Continue reading...

Davis pushes for more female roles; predicts 100,000 at this year's Bentonville Film Festival

Subscriber onlyGeena Davis expects crowds to more than double at this year's Bentonville Film Festival. About 37,000 people attended last year's inaugural event and she speculated that number to approach 100,000 during this year's festival May 3-8. Continue reading...

U.S. News & World Report ranks Northwest Arkansas third best place to live

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas ranked third in U.S. News & World Report's Best Place to Live rankings despite being the smallest region on the list. Continue reading...

Auto travel stuck in gear in state’s NW

Bus, bike, rail alternatives limited, with further infrastructure costly to build

Subscriber onlyThe automobile is still king of the road in Northwest Arkansas, rolling through the vast majority of state and federal money dedicated to transportation improvements. Continue reading...

Fayetteville's Washington Regional breaks ground on medical building

Four-story office set to open early next year

Subscriber onlyWashington Regional Medical Center will soon have nearly $86 million in construction projects underway after the system's leaders broke ground on a medical plaza Thursday. Continue reading...

Express closings leaving Gentry, Decatur and Gravette without grocery stores

Wal-Mart's plan to close all its Express stores means three Benton County towns will no longer have a grocery store. The mayors are concerned about the impact on customers and on city budgets. Continue reading...