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Two departments within the University of Arkansas' Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences have created transfer degree programs with UA-Cossatot, a community college in DeQueen.

  • The Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness and the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology are participating.

What's happening: The programs will allow UA-Cossatot students who earn an associate of science degree in agricultural business to complete their junior and senior years at UA-Fayetteville.

  • The students will work toward bachelor's degrees in agricultural business or agricultural education, communication, and technology, according to UA.

Why it matters: The program will give more opportunities to students from southwest Arkansas, an area with generally fewer educational and economic opportunities.

  • About 77% of Sevier County (where UA-Cossatot is located) residents completed high school, and about 25% of children live in poverty.

What they're saying:

"We are here to serve the entire state. The more we can do to make our programs available to a diverse set of students from every region of the state, the better it is for all of us."
John Anderson, professor and head of the university's Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, in a UA news release

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The Silas Hunt Memorial Sculpture near the Old Main building on campus of the University of Arkansas. Photo: Lance King/Replay Photos via Getty Images

The University of Arkansas faculty senate approved a resolution Wednesday that asks the school to provide faculty and staff the option to work remotely.

Context: The university requires all classes that aren't taught online to be taught in person. While teachers can choose to allow students to attend remotely on a case-by-case basis, teachers themselves do not have the option to pivot based on COVID-19 concerns.

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Even as evangelicals maintain their position as the most popular religion in the U.S., a movement of self-described "exvangelicals" is breaking away, using social media to engage tens of thousands of former faithful.

The big picture: Donald Trump's presidency, as well as movements around LGBTQ rights, #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, drew more Americans into evangelical churches while also pushing some existing members away.

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Huge wildfire reaches edge of Sequoia National Park

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Firefighters in Sequoia National Park were working into the night after two wildfires merged to reach the Giant Forest Saturday.

Why it matters: This forest contains over 2,000 giant sequoias, including the General Sherman Tree — the world's largest tree by volume. Park officials wrapped the redwoods in foil last week as the Paradise and Colony Fires, now known as the KNP Complex Fire, neared. Protection efforts appeared to be working overnight.