Daniel Caruth

Morning Host/Producer

On today's show, we learn about the types of COVID-19 related investigations University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences researchers are conducting a year into the pandemic. Plus, we have details on a new program that's helping brick and mortar businesses with e-commerce as the pandemic moves more shopping online. And, we look back through the David and Barbara Pryor Center archives to remember the case of James Dean Walker.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic pushes more shopping online, some brick and mortar stores are struggling to keep up.  Now, Winrock International is launching an e-commerce training program for small businesses in Northwest Arkansas.  

On today's show, we hear from advocates who believe certain adults with cognitive or intellectual disabilities should be allowed supportive decision-making rights instead of more restrictive guardianships. Plus, we have details on the approach the University of Arkansas is taking toward masks after the governor lifted the state's mask mandate several days ago. And, we learn about an Arkansas political machine who eventually wrote a book titled How I Stole Elections.

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The University of Arkansas is maintaining its campus mask requirement after Gov. Asa Hutchinson lifted the statewide mask mandate on Mar. 30. The university is also offering more vaccinations to staff and students as they prepare to bring more people back to campus this summer. 

On today's show, we speak with a local family practice physician about a bill, which is now on the governor's desk, that would prohibit transgender minors from receiving gender-affirming health care. Plus, we learn about an Arkansas Department of Agriculture initiative that provided oak tree seedlings to families and friends of Arkansans who have died of COVID-19. And, we check in with University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe and host of Sound Perimeter to discuss her other musical passions.

To mark the one year anniversary of the coronavirus arriving in Arkansas last month, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture donated 10,000 oak tree seedlings to the families and friends of the more than 5,600 Arkansans who have died from COVID-19.

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This month, the Arkansas Department of Health began operating mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics in each of the state's five health regions. Clinics rotate cities weekly and are available by appointment through the ADH vaccine clinic call center at 1-800-985-6030.

On today's show, we speak with a Benton County justice of the peace about his proposal to use part of a federal CARES Act reimbursement to help small businesses. Plus, we hear from advocates, who say Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities were left out of the conversation during COVID-19 vaccine rollout planning. And, the pandemic may have upended last year's NCAA basketball tournament, but March Madness is back and both the men's and women's Razorback basketball teams are in the mix. We talk with from experts and fans.

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After the pandemic upeneded last year's NCAA basketball tournament, March Madness is back and the men's and women's Razorback basketball teams are experiencing renewed success. We check in with experts and fans on what to expect from the teams in the post-season.  

On today's show, we hear about a new report that examines the causes of Arkansas's teacher shortage and outlines some potential solutions. Plus, we find out about several bills making their way through the Arkansas Legislature that aim to restrict transgender youth from participating in sports and receiving certain health care. And, we head to Bentonville where an event held this weekend put $13,000 into businesses that have been struggling during the pandemic.