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Quick Memorial Day weekend getaways for Northwest Arkansas

A group of tourists with flashlights look over the inside of a cave.
Photo: Courtesy Missouri State Parks

It's been rainy all week, so it's probably too muddy to hike and too flooded to float most places.

Here are some last-minute day trip ideas:

Worth Sparkman
May 27, 2022 - News

Crystal Bridges intern program gets $10M gift

Photo: Courtesy Crystal Bridges/Ironside Photography

The Alice L. Walton Foundation will provide a $10 million endowment gift to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to expand its internship program.

  • The program will emphasize racial and cultural diversity in the recruitment of students.

Southern Baptist Convention publishes list of accused sex abusers

 A small group of protesters fighting various forms of abuse within the church engage passersby outside at the Southern Baptist Convention meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.
A group of protesters outside the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Dallas, Texas. Photo: Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The Southern Baptist Convention published a list on Thursday evening of hundreds of clergy and other church staff who've been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse.

What they're saying: The release of the 205-page list marks "an initial, but important, step towards addressing the scourge of sexual abuse and implementing reform in the Convention," per a statement from Rolland Slade, chair of the SBC Executive Committee, and Willie McLaurin, the EC's interim president and CEO.

Worth Sparkman
May 26, 2022 - COVID

Arkansas' COVID-19 cases on the rise again

Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

There's now an average of more than 105,000 new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. each day, according to the New York Times.

  • That's the most since February at the end of the Omicron wave.

Mo's Tacos and Churros is takin' it to the street

A trio of Mo's tacos: al pastor, chicken, and steak and cheese.
A trio of Mo's tacos: al pastor, chicken, and steak and cheese. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Mo's Tacos and Churros did the classic restaurant thing: Start as a food truck, build a following, then open a restaurant.

  • The brick-and-mortar opened at 329 N. West Ave., in November 2019.
Alex Golden
May 25, 2022 - Politics

Winners of Arkansas' statewide primary races

Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Chris Jones
Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Democrat Chris Jones. Photos: Getty Images

Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Democrat Chris Jones will vie for governor in November.

  • Both won the nominations by a landslide Tuesday night, with Sanders winning over 83% of the vote against Francis "Doc" Washburn.
  • Jones won nearly 71% of the vote against Jay Martin, Supha Xayprasith-Mays, Anthony "Tony" Bland and James "Rus" Russell III, according to unofficial election results.
Worth Sparkman
May 25, 2022 - Politics

Northwest Arkansas' state government primary results

Voting was quick at Sequoyah United Methodist Church in Fayetteville before lunchtime Tuesday. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Despite bouts of heavy rain and power outages at some polls, voters turned out Tuesday to vote for — or against — Arkansas lawmakers.

What happened: The Democratic and Republican primaries were held to decide the nominees for the general election in November.

Worth Sparkman
May 25, 2022 - Business

Atento Capital wants to connect NWA and Tulsa economically

Illustration of a hanging bridge with the planks made of hundred dollar bills.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A venture capital firm is looking to build an economic bridge between NWA and Tulsa.

What's happening: Atento Capital, based in Tulsa, is launching 412 Angels, an invite-only network to connect entrepreneurs, investors and would-be investors with early-stage startups.