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Wednesday's Axios Northwest Arkansas stories

Walton Family Foundation grant will expand UA's startup intern program

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A $518,000 grant for UA's Venture Intern Program that pairs undergraduates with early-stage ventures will support internships through 2023.

  • The grant comes from the Walton Family Foundation and will allow the program to expand from 60 to 90 students.
  • The program is a 12-week, paid assignment for juniors and seniors.

Why it matters: NWA's startup community is small compared to major metros — fostering an entrepreneurial spirit will help grow the community and sustain the area's economy long-term.

Tyson Foods to aim for net-zero emissions by 2050

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Tyson Foods announced this morning that it will strive to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its global operations and supply chain by 2050.

Why it matters: Tyson is the largest meat producer in the United States. And agriculture, including livestock and manure emissions, is the largest source of methane emissions in the U.S.

Yeyo's Bentonville food truck serves can't-miss street tacos

Street tacos from Yeyo's downtown Bentonville food truck. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

What do you do when you're caught in pre-First Friday traffic in downtown Bentonville?

  • Take a break in the shade. That's what I did anyway.

Looking for a place to grab a late lunch last week, I spied the Yeyo's food truck. They got my business with seating in the shade.

At the truck, there's an amazing offering of proteins (we counted 12) but I went basic.

  • I shared an order of chicken street tacos with my wife, who also tried the charred cauliflower. We ordered guac and chips on the side.
  • Verdict: These are great street tacos. They were what a street taco is meant to be: quick, portable, delicious … and on the street.

My thought bubble: We'll be back, and will make our way to Yeyo's restaurants too.

After pandemic setback, renovations are coming to XNA

Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) on June 7, 2021. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

After the pandemic put its plans on hold, XNA is now turning its attention to future projects to expand and update the airport.

What's happening: Three projects are on the horizon.

  • A skybridge that will connect the parking deck to the second floor of the terminal at a cost of about $30 million. The project will include renovating the second floor and is needed for safety and for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, spokesperson Alex English tells Axios.
  • A new air traffic control tower.
  • Updated baggage claim area.