Antoinette Grajeda

KUAF host and contributor of "Ozarks at Large"

Antoinette Grajeda is a producer and reporter for Ozarks at Large. She began her professional career as a print journalist in 2007 and joined the KUAF staff in 2009. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Since 2007, Antoinette has participated in the NWA Gridiron Show, which raises money for scholarships. She has also volunteered with the Lemke Journalism Project since 2008. This six-week program teaches high school students about journalism and encourages them to pursue higher education.

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EngageNWA, which is part of the Northwest Arkansas Council, has launched a strategic plan focused on the region's diverse community of immigrants and newcomers. The effort, which is funded by Tyson Foods and the Walmart Foundation, focuses on inclusion in five areas: economic development, government leadership, civic engagement, safe and connected communities, and education. EngageNWA is partnering with city leaders and community organizations to carry out the initiatives and goals outlined in the plan.

A Tuesday news roundup includes the state attorney general's approval of a ballot initiative, a planned protest of a Ten Commmandments monument on Arkansas State Capitol grounds and revised earnings forecast for Tyson Foods.

Girl Scouts of the USA is releasing 30 new badges to address issues like environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering and space exploration. The decision to create more badges dealing with STEM was based on feedback from participants.

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The Great Investment for Tomorrow or GIFT, AR 529 Plan is a program designed to help save money for a child’s college education. Sponsored by the state of Arkansas, savings can grow tax-deferred and later be withdrawn to pay for qualified higher education costs. State Treasurer Dennis Milligan is seeding Arkansas 529 accounts up to $30,000 for children served by Economic Opportunity Agency.

Artspace, a national nonprofit developer of affordable space for the arts, is launching a survey at events throughout Northwest Arkansas July 24-25. The organization came to the region earlier this year to start the conversation about affordable housing for artists, and the survey is a continuation of that effort.