Daniel Caruth

Morning Host/Producer

On today's show, we learn about a new partnership between Canopy NWA and Forge Community Loan Fund that aims to support refugee-owned businesses. Plus, we take a look at where Arkansas's Stand Your Ground Bill stands after it didn't get enough votes to pass through a House committee this week. And, we find out about a nonprofit that has started offering free training courses for Northwest Arkansas residents interested in computer programming.

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This fall, LaunchCode, a St.Louis-based nonprofit, began a free training course for Northwest Arkansas residents interested in computer programming. The 20-week intensive course gives students web-development and coding skills to help them find in-demand technology jobs. 

On today's show, we have highlights from the 27th annual Arkansas Business Forecast event as the state lost 44,000 jobs last year during the pandemic. Plus, we find out how Arkansans who receive the two-shot COVID-19 vaccine can report any systemic side effects to the inoculation. And, we speak with a U of A nursing student who created a communication guidebook to help family members of COVID-19 patients understand what's happening while their loved one is in the hospital.

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University of Arkansas nursing student Kandace Williams is creating a communication guidebook to help family members of COVID-19 patients. Williams, who is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, says the tool helps explain medical jargon, common equipment, procedures and includes a journal section to record patient information and questions. 

On today's show, we hear from an Arkansan who opted to join a COVID-19 vaccine trial to potentially avoid having to wait weeks for an approved vaccine as pharmacy waitlists grow longer. Plus, we find out how the University of Arkansas Fort Smith is using its federal relief funding to help students impacted by the pandemic. And, we learn about the additional barriers refugee students are facing as they navigate learning during the global health emergency in a new country.

On today's show, we head to Siloam Springs where John Brown University is delaying the start of classes for undergraduate students because of an increase in COVID-19 cases on campus. Plus, we find out when you might see drones in the air above Pea Ridge as Walmart readies to launch a drone delivery test program. And, we hear about a landmark bill that intends to improve women veterans' medical care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers across the country.

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The Pea Ridge Planning Comission has approved an auxillary permit for Walmart and its partner company, Zipline, to launch a drove delivery hub at one of the city's neighborhood market locations. The test program is expected to begin for select area customers this spring. 

On today's show, we learn about the mRNA technology that makes the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines possible. Plus, we hear about how a Northwest Arkansas pharmacy is handling vaccine distribution. And, we explain how small business owners can apply for the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program included in the latest coronavirus stimulus package.

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Collier Drug Stores, which operates pharmacies throughout Northwest Arkansas, is tasked with distributing the Pfizer vaccine to those eligable in Washington County. The company is now encouraging locals in priority groups to sign up for a waitlist to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

On today's show, we hear about the types of precautions local media are taking following last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol and more threats of violence leading up to the inauguration. Plus, we find out how Arkansas's medical marijuana industry did in 2020, the first full year cultivators and dispensaries have been up and running. And, we speak with the owners of local outdoor recreation retailers and services to get an idea of how they're preparing for 2021 following a boom in 2020 as more people looked to get outside during the pandemic.