On today's show, we're once again in a state of emergency in Arkansas. Plus, an Arkansas Circuit Court Judge has ruled to resume federal pandemic unemployment benefits to over 69,000 workers, a University of Arkansas professor helps digs into a slice of World War II history, and much more.

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As the virus surges in Arkansas and hospitals are full or nearly full, Governor Asa Hutchinson is again implementing a statewide public health emergency. He's also calling a special session of the Arkansas Legislature to possibly consider amending a new law that prohibits school districts from implementing mask mandates.

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Federal pandemic unemployment relief has been ordered to resume in Arkansas by a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge to as many as 70,000 qualified Arkansans. In May, the emergency benefits were terminated by Governor Asa Hutchinson, who said jobs are now plentiful. Legal Aid of Arkansas sued the state on behalf of five Arkansas plaintiffs who claim the temporary benefits are critically needed. 

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The Arkansas Department of Human Services is tyring to reach about 4,000 young people who are now, or were, in the Arkansas foster-care system. One-time payments are available to help during the pandemic.

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University of Arkansas French professor, Kathy Comfort's 2018 book 'Refiguring Les Années Noires: Literary Representations of the Nazi Occupation,'  was released in paperback this July.

SONA Season Announced

Jul 30, 2021
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SONA, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, is gearing up for a new season. Becca Martin Brown, the features editor for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette gives us details...plus information about this weekend's offerings.

On today's show, we learn more about a study by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences about vaccine hesitancy. Plus, the live music rundown for a sweltering last hurrah of July, and much more.

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As virus numbers rise in Arkansas, the research into the protection provided by COVID-19 antibodies continues.

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This autumn, North Arkansas College, a public community college in Harrison is offering an enhanced arts curriculum — including art therapy — with foundation grant support to both students and surrounding community residents. 

Raising Money for UAMS

Jul 29, 2021

This week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report includes aconversation with John Erck. He'll be leading UAMS fundraising efforts.

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Beginning in 1974, New Zealand police armed with dogs woke up Pacific Islanders who allegedly overstayed their visas at dawn, pushed them into police vans for questioning, then often deported them and placed their children in state care homes. The early morning operation became known as the "Dawn Raids."

Nearly 50 years later, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday formally apologized for those raids and the lasting hurt they have caused. Ardern expressed the government's "sorrow, remorse and regret" over the raids.

A Belarusian sprinter who spoke out publicly about the "negligence" of her Olympic coaches says she was allegedly taken against her wishes to the Tokyo airport for a flight back to Belarus.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, 24, told Reuters in an interview Sunday that she was pleading for help from Japanese police at the airport and "will not return to Belarus."

Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the state's highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TOKYO — Marcell Jacobs of Italy is the surprise victor of the fastest track race at the Tokyo Olympics, the men's 100 meter.

Jacobs beat his personal best time and put his star solidly on the map in the blazing fast race.

He was not well-known in the track world before today, making it to the semi-finals of this event in the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

After his victory, he gleefully hugged his teammate, high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi.

TOKYO — U.S. golfer Xander Schauffele won the Olympic men's individual stroke play competition Sunday. Schauffele sank key putts near the end of the final round while Japan's top golfer faded out of medal contention.

The 27-year-old clinched what he called the biggest win of his career with two pressure putts. On the 17th green, he sank a six-footer for birdie to break a tie with Rory Sabbatini, representing Slovakia. On the final green, Schauffele sank a 4-foot par putt to give him a one shot victory over Sabbatini.

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