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, retired nurses are stepping up to help with care during the pandemic. Also, members of the Citizens First Congress are pressing for better compliance with mandated COVID-19 protective practices during the 2021 Arkansas Legislative Session. Plus, representatives with the Arkansas Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock discuss upcoming public events, previously available only to those who could attend in person, now virutally open to all. 

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As the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine continues across Arkansas, some nurses are coming out of retirement to help with the distribution. Nurses says it's been challenging because they don't have enough vaccines for all of the volunteers.

On today's show, we find out how Ozark Guidance will be using a $4 million grant to support underserved communities in the region. Plus, we speak with the director of the University of Arkansas African and African American Studies program about her upcoming seminar that explores the concept of Black utopias. And, we find out what kind of classes the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will be offering this spring.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded Ozark Guidance a $4 million expansion grant to develop a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic program over the next two years. The funds will be used for outreach and new services for underserved communities, such as the Latino and Marshallese populations, in Northwest Arkansas.

On today's show, we sit down with Roby Brock, of Talk Business and Politics, to talk about Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin's decision to end his gubernatorial bid in 2022. Plus, we head to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to find out about a new exhibit that focuses on the history of craft in America. And, we have details about a new bill that will require women to call a resources hotline prior to having an abortion that passed the Arkansas House and Senate last week.

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Crafting America is the first exhibition at the Bentonville museum dedicated to the subject of modern and contemporary craft. The exhibit, which features more than 120 objects made from a variety of materials by 98 American artists, is on view through May 31.

On today's show, we find out how Benton and Washington counties will be distributing a combined $15 million in federal rental assistance funding. Plus, we head to Gentry where voters are casting ballot in a special election that will decide Sunday alcohol sales in the small western Benton County town. And, we learn about how federal stimulus checks are helping lift the state's revenue during the pandemic.

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Early voting is underway in a special election in Gentry where residents are deciding whether to authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption between 10 a.m. and midnight on Sundays. Election Day is Feb. 9.

On today's show, we have highlights from the governor's weekly coronavirus response briefing that include information about vaccination efforts and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. Plus, we speak with lawmakers about bill proposals that would allow Marshallese migrants to become police officers and ban Confederate Flag Day in Arkansas. And, we launch a new segment to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the University of Arkansas.

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Rep. Megan Godfrey, D-District 89, has filed HB1342, also known as the Marshallese Law Enforcement Act. Currently, state law requires police officers to be U.S. citizens. If approved, the legislation would amend the law to include Marshallese residents who are in the country legally, but are not citizens.