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, we have an update from the governor from his coronavirus response briefing, which includes the availability of city-level data on cases. Plus, we hear from immigration advocates as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announces it will reject new DACA applications. And, we have a discussion with a practicing pediatrician about vaccines.

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Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it will reject initial requests for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, as it weighs the future of the program. This comes about six weeks after the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to end the program.

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing and details of yesterday's special meeting of the Arkansas Legislative Council. Plus, we hear from the governor and enforcement authorities in regards to anti-mask signs and rhetoric. And, we find out more about Fayetteville's esports league while in-person sports programs are on hold.

July 29, 2020 2:25 p.m. — Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivered today's daily COVID-19 update from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Gov. Hutchinson reported the state has 40,968 positive cases, an increase of 787 from yesterday. Of those, 170 are in correctional facilities. Hospitalizations increased by 7 for a total of 508, a new record. Arkansas has 434 deaths related to the coronavirus, an increase of 6. In the last 24 hours, 4,519 tests were completed. Gov. Hutchinson said he's discouraged by the lower testing number.

Last night, the Springdale City Council decided to continue its discussion of creating a downtown entertainment district at its next meeting on Aug. 11. The proposal allows alcoholic beverages to be carried outside of participating businesses to be consumed within the downtown Springdale Outdoor Dining District between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily, so long as the beverage is in a designated cup.