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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On today's show, Legislators have approved nearly $12.5 million to expand physician residencies and fellowships in Northwest Arkansas. Plus, The new franchise Junk King not only takes away your unwanted stuff, the trash hauler also reuses and recycles a good portion of it, and much more.

The Arkansas Legislative Council has approved nearly $12.5 million to expand physician residencies and fellowships in Northwest Arkansas. Currently, there are about 200 more medical students than residency opportunties in Arkansas.

On today's show, the Delta variant, one of six variants circulating the globe, has now spread to 49 states, including Arkansas. Plus, next week, Arkansas PBS is launching educational programming that can help students stay on track and get ahead, and much more.

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Some of Arkansas PBS' Rise and Shine lessons will be presented by six Arkansas Teachers of the Year including Joel Lookadoo from the Springdale Public School District. Lookadoo is providing math instruction for kindergarten through 2nd graders.

On today's show, travelers looking to get away this summer will have more options thanks to the addition of new routes at Northwest Arkansas National Airport. Plus, investing in farmland, a trip to the flea circus, and much more.

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Passengers returning to XNA have more options for vacation this year thanks to the addition of new routes. However, the uptick in travel is causing challenges for travel agencies as demand outpaces supply.

On today's show, a new solar park near Lincoln is flipping the switch to generate power for parts of Northwest Arkansas. Plus, preparations for Pride weekend featuring a new open air market, new music collaborations, and much more.

Courtesy of Ozarks Electric Cooperative

Ozarks Electric Cooperative and Today's Power Inc. are flipping the switch on a multi-industry solar park near Lincoln Friday. The project, which is expected to save participating entities more than $3 million over 30 years, will generate power for the cities of Lincoln and Springdale, Elkins Public Schools, Lincoln Public Schools and OzarksGo.

On today's show, a new report measures child well-being, economic, and education conditions in the state. Plus, remembering Japanese internment camps in Arkansas, river shipping on the Arkansas River, and much more.

Courtesy / Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count report looks at child well-being in the United States by analyzing factors like economics, health and education. The state's economic well-being ranking jumped from 46 to 34 in the new report, but Rich Huddleston, executive director for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, says there's still work to be done to improve the lives of low-income children, thousands of whom lack health insurance.

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