David Monteith

David Monteith is a reporter for KUAR news.

David Monteith

Experts say dental hygienists are starting to fill a critical gap in oral health care in Arkansas, given the state has a shortage of dentists, especially in low-income rural districts. David Monteith with Arkansas Public Media reports on the trend and laws.

On today's show, we hear from best-selling author Delia Owens, who will be stopping by the Bentonville and Fayetteville libraries to speak about her novel, Where the Crawdads Sing. Plus, the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from residents as the two cities anticipate reaching a population of 100,000 in less than 15 years. And, more on why some Arkansas dentists are going mobile.

David Monteith / Arkansas Public Media

More dentists in Arkansas are going on the road and mobile dentistry is practiced in different ways with various missions. This report is part of a year-long statewide series on oral health produced by Arkansas Public Media, supported by Delta Dental of Arkansas.

The deadline for purchasing health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is this Saturday. Bruce Donaldson, Navigator Outreach Manager for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, says consumers are more comfortable with the enrollment process, which has been in place for four years, but there are still common questions.

Organizations in Arkansas from both ends of the political spectrum are finding things to celebrate from a ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on the grounds that it violated his religious beliefs.

Jerry Cox, president of the Family Council, a conservative education and research group in Arkansas, sees the ruling as a win.