On today's show, a new semester starts at the University with a now-familiar challenge: COVID-19. Plus, the state of the state…business, politics and policy discussed with three CEOs, and much more.

We start our show today with a familiar refrain: record numbers associated with COVID-19 in Arkansas. Plus suggestions for making Arkansas highways safer.

A panel of campus leaders and experts from the University of Arkansas gathered on campus to answer questions about life on campus and the impact COVID-19 would have on the spring semester. Interim Chancellor Charles Robinson pointing out that as long as classrooms were safe and students continued to effectively mask, then the plan of action was face-to-face instruction on campus.

Matt Mills, the director of emergency management for University Police notes that people can report COVID-19 concerns online at report.uark.edu.

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The University of Arkansas is holding a free, mass covid-19 testing clinic for students, faculty and staff through Feb. 18. Anyone with a university ID card can recieve a PCR test at the test site on the Union Mall on the Fayetteville campus weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, asks three CEOs about their thoughts for 2022. As expected, the ongoing pandemic shapes expectations. The conversation is part of this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report.

Not many new movies, and no blockbusters, are hitting theater screens this month. Courtney Lanning says that leaves room for a winter gem, Sing a Bit of Harmony. Her full review can be found in Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

On today's show, Arkansas Children’s will sponsor a hackathon in April. Plus, the second season of the podcast Undisciplined begins with a conversation about epidemics, and much more.

Our news today includes Arkansas hospitals continue to experience a surge of COVID-19 patients. Plus the observations connected to Arkansas and the National Day of Racial Healing.

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This spring Arkansas Children's will host a hackathon. The 48 hour event, April 1st through 3rd, is designed to find possible digital solutions to healthcare challenges.

In the latest episode of Undisciplined, host Caree Banton talks to CDC scientist Ernest Yufenyuy about what the AIDS pandemic—which has been the focus of his work—can teach us about COVID-19.

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In July 2013, Memphis City Schools disbanded and merged with the county-operated Shelby County Schools, keeping the latter district's name. Next week, the SCS board votes to add Memphis back into the name.

School board chair Michelle Robinson McKissack says that one reason for the name change is "because there are so many Shelby Counties across the country." McKissack adds, "We are in Memphis and proud. We want people to know it."

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The battle between the National Football League and Jon Gruden, the former coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, has escalated after the league responded for the first time to the lawsuit filed by Gruden after he resigned last year.

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again let the lower courts delay in addressing a Texas law that for four months has, for all practical purposes, made abortion in the state illegal after six weeks of pregnancy, when many women do not yet know they are pregnant.

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For 44 years, the Sundance Film Festival has celebrated independent features and documentaries. The festival starts today and, like much of life right now, will be virtual. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gives us a preview.

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