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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Courtesy / Shiloh Museum of Ozark History / Mrs. Craig Tucker Collection

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is hosting its monthly Shiloh Saturday Series event this weekend. Saturday's virtual program will focus on Essie Ward, a folk artist often referred to as “Grandma Moses of the Ozarks.”

On today's show, we find out how monoclonal antibodies are being used to treat COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms in the hope of reducing hospitalizations. Plus, we speak with a local woman and therapist for tips on how to navigate dating during a pandemic. And, we hear from the mayor of Gravette after his small city landed in the spotlight when a resident was photographed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during Wednesday's pro-Trump riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful viruses. They're being used to treat COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms at medical centers around the state, including Mercy Northwest Arkansas in Rogers.

The December revenue report, released by the Department of Finance and Administration this week, shows the state’s net available general revenue totaled $530.3 million for December. That’s 7.3 percent above forecast, but $17.2 million below last year’s amount.

Looking back at 2020, Becca Martin-Brown, features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says one of bright spots of the year was the way in which people worked together to make sure the arts continued to thrive in the region during the pandemic.

On today's show, we find out how the recent COVID-19 surge in the state is impacting in-person visitation at Arkansas Department of Corrections facilities. Plus, we have details about a new bicycle technician program that could be coming to Northwest Arkansas Community College later this year. And, we have information about a new summer program launched by the Women's Foundation of Arkansas for women of color who are enrolled in STEM studies.

On Dec. 12, the Arkansas Department of Corrections launched a pilot program with modified in-person visitation procedures at four facilities, including the Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center. DOC suspended all non-essential unit operations Dec. 30 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases among staff. This includes the recently implemented visitation program.

On today's show, we speak with local religious leaders to find out how they're adapting last rights, funeral practices and burials during the pandemic. Plus, we check in with the administrators of the Arkansas COVID website to look back at the trends in COVID-19 cases this past months. And, we have details on the new manufacturing facility that will be opening its doors in Fort Smith.

In our monthly conversation with the administrators at ArkansasCOVID.com, we breakdown some of the trends in Arkansas cases during the month of December. According to analysts, there was a 51 percent increase in virus-related deaths and a 33 percent in cases. Arkansas averaged 38 deaths and 2,186 new cases a day last month.

Jonesboro-based Hytrol Conveyor Company is expanding to the River Valley. Officials formally announced yesterday the company is investing $20 million to open an advanced manufacturing operation in Fort Smith, which will create 250 new jobs within five years.

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