Daniel Caruth

Morning Host/Producer
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This week, Governor Asa Hutchinson will make a decision on when gyms and fitness centers can reopen, but in the meantime, many owners are finding alternative ways to bring exercise outside of their facilities and to clients looking to stay healthy while social distancing. 

On today's show, we have highlights from the governor's daily coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we find out how local animal shelters are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, we hear about a new grant program designed to help arts and cultural nonprofits weather the outbreak.

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More Arkansans are applying for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to figures released by the state's Department of Human Services. Amy Webb, Chief of Communications and Community Engagement for DHS, says the number of applications nearly doubled from February to March, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

On today's show, we have the latest updates from Governor Asa Hutchinson following his daily coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we speak to renters and landlords in the region as they worry about having to make their rent and mortgage payments during skyrocketing unemployment. And, we speak with Arkansas artist Kat Wilson about her interactive art project called Quarantine Habitat.

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This Wednesday marked the first night of the Jewish holiday Passover - when families and friends come together to commemorate the Exodus story. But, because of the coronavirus pandemic, normal celebrations have been upended for most people. Leaders from Congregation Etz Chaim in Bentonville explain how they are trying to keep their members connected and safe this year.