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The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas has released a multimedia report of a new study exploring the opportunities, barriers and resource gaps for women of color business owners in Arkansas. WFA commissioned the study in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas to build on its previous research identifying entrepreneurship as a key driver of women’s economic mobility in the state, especially among Black women.

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We continue our observance of the University of Arkansas's 150th anniversary with a profile of one of the earliest legendary education figures in the school's history: Joseph Carter Corbin. Corbin was a journalist, educator, conductor on the Underground Railroad, and founder of the predecessor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

An ordinance that places limitations on how justices of the peace can bring items before the Quorum Court is heading to the full Washington County Quorum Court after it passed through the County Services Committee Monday evening. The ordinance requires all proposed ordinances to go through a committee and prohibits proposed ordinances from being raised a second time within a year if an ordinance was voted down the first time it was presented.

On today's show, we speak with the assistant editors of the Arkansas COVID-19 website about the virus case and hospitalization numbers recorded in Arkansas last month. Plus, we head to the colony of Catcher where a race riot drove as many as a thousand African American residents from their homes in the early 1920s. And, we hear about the restoration and enhancement efforts taking place at an oak savanna in south Fayetteville.

After a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations stressed the Arkansas health care system in January, February offered a welcome respite as hospitalizations and cases declined around the state. In our monthly conversation with the assistant editors of ArkansasCovid.com, we discuss these declines, as well as how a data cleanup by the Arkansas Department of Health impacted averages and totals on the final day of the month.

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As many as a thousand African American residents of Catcher, an unincorporated community in rural Crawford County, were driven from their homes in the early 1920s after an alleged murder of a white woman by a black man. University of Arkansas doctoral candidate Michael Anthony, who is investigating the circumstances surrounding the race riot, will present a virtual lecture on Catcher at 11 a.m.

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Last week, the University of Arkansas carried out a prescribed burn on 10 acres of an oak savanna habitat that is being restored and enhanced in south Fayetteville. Situated along Razorback Road and part of the trail connection to the Razorback Greenway, the grove is one of the few remaing upland prairies and savannas of the western Ozark Mountains.

John Brummett, political columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, speaks with Roby Brock, from our partner Talk Business and Politics, about Gov. Asa Hutchinson's changes to the state's public health directives and whether they could mean an end to the public health emergency.

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Charles J. Finger lived on three continents, had many different jobs and, while living in Fayetteville, was awarded the Newbery Medal. His life is detailed in the new book Shared Secrets: The Queer World of Newbery Medalist Charles J. Finger by Elizabeth Findley Shores. She'll discuss the book, published by the University of Arkansas Press, Thursday afternoon in a virtual event.

Our Militant Grammarian wants to help newcomers to Arkansas understand some southern phrases. From "air up" to "I hear tell", Katherine Shurlds is here to help.

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In the middle of a pandemic, Mavis Owureku-Asare is optimistic.

The reason? On February 24, her homeland, Ghana, became the first low-resource country to receive free COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX.

"I feel very hopeful," says Owureku-Asare, a food scientist with the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission and a 2020 Aspen New Voices fellow. "Ghana has become a role model for other countries."

OPEC and its allies said Thursday they are keeping oil production largely steady, even as crude prices stage a remarkable recovery, betting that a restrained approach will lay the groundwork for prices to climb even more.

Russia and Kazakhstan will raise their output modestly, but all other members of the alliance will hold their production steady instead of returning more oil to the global market. Saudi Arabia also said it will extend its voluntary cut in oil production of 1 million barrels per day into April.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday made it more difficult for undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for a long time to fight deportation. The court's 5-to-3 ruling came in the case of a man who had lived in the U.S. for 25 years but who had used a fake Social Security card to get a job as a janitor.

Movie theaters in Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and Philadelphia have been open for months. But attendance remains low, not just because of public safety concerns—but because there isn't much to see. Major studios are delaying their blockbusters, or releasing them straight to streaming.

One big reason? The two biggest movie markets in the country, New York City and Los Angeles, remain closed.

A high-profile universal basic income experiment in Stockton, Calif., which gave randomly selected residents $500 per month for two years with no strings attached, measurably improved participants' job prospects, financial stability and overall well-being, according to a newly released study of the program's first year.

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