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Arkansas Music Pavilion's summer 2023 live music lineup

Fall Out Boy is coming to Rogers. Photo: Courtesy of Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion

Warmer weather will bring live music outside.

Here's a concert update with shows that have been announced for the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion this summer:

Worth Sparkman
Feb 3, 2023 - News

Arkansas educators plan to review revised AP African American Studies

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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The College Board on Wednesday released the curriculum for its new Advanced Placement African American Studies course, excluding some of the content that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) had criticized in recent weeks.

Driving the news: Before the revisions were announced, Arkansas' Division of Elementary and Secondary Education asked the board for information about course content — a reaction to Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders' executive order to "prohibit indoctrination and critical race theory" in the state's public schools.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders to deliver GOP response to Biden's State of the Union

Sarah Huckabee Sanders during the America First Policy Institute's America First Agenda Summit in Washington, D.C. on July 26. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) is set to deliver the Republican response to President Biden's State of the Union next Tuesday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced.

Driving the news: McCarthy on Thursday touted Sanders as "fighting on behalf of parents, small businesses, and ordinary taxpayers" in his announcement.

Alex Golden
Feb 2, 2023 - Business

Tyson and Walmart expand parental leave

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Benefits for workers at two of Northwest Arkansas' largest employers are growing more generous.

The latest: Springdale-based Tyson Foods publicly announced Tuesday that the company began offering eight weeks of paid leave starting Jan. 1 to new mothers and two weeks of paid leave to employees whose spouses or partners recently gave birth.

Alex Golden
Feb 1, 2023 - News

Federal moves could increase abortion access in Arkansas

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Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

The Biden administration is weighing a possible public health emergency declaration that would free up resources to help people access abortions, including in Arkansas, Axios' Oriana Gonzalez writes.

State of play: Abortion is illegal in Arkansas except in cases to save a pregnant person's life, to treat ectopic pregnancies or to remove a fetus with no heartbeat.

Worth Sparkman
Feb 1, 2023 - News

Arkansas to review advanced African American studies

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The state's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is seeking information about the content of an Advanced Placement course on African American studies, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Worth Sparkman
Jan 31, 2023 - Politics

Sen. John Boozman cultivates support for farm bill

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

U.S. Sen. John Boozman hopes to champion passage of a farm bill this year, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

  • The Arkansas Republican is the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

Learn by doing at these upcoming NWA events

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

If "learn something new" was on your list of New Year's resolutions but you're not sure how to start or are feeling discouraged with February on the horizon, here are a few ideas:

Bicycle maintenance — Novice cyclists who want to learn more about bike upkeep can check out workshops at Northwest Arkansas Community College.