David Monteith

David Monteith is a reporter for KUAR news.

On today's show, we head to Bentonville where residents are voting in a special election to extend a band that would support the funding of infrastructure and public safety improvement projects. Plus, we speak with a doctor from the University of Oklahoma about overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Oklahoma and elsewhere. And, we find out why some environmentalists say karst designations are critical to conserving watersheds as the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service considers removing the term from its National Handbook of Conservation Practices.

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Calls to Arkansas's child abuse hotline have increased after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions. We learn about how the pandemic has impacted the process of identifying and supporting abused children. 


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Michael Bloomberg, who is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for president, made a stop in Little Rock yesterday for the city's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.

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As more Arkansans go without dental health insurance, there is a need for more free dental services. David Monteith with Arkansas Public Media reports on some of the free dental health clinics around the state. This story is part of a year-long statwide series on oral health produced by APM and supported by Delta Dental of Arkansas.

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The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is nearing the day when it will no longer deliver a daily printed paper. The newspaper has been transitioning its weekday service to an app-only format and plans to print only a Sunday edition of the paper by the beginning of next year.

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Telehealth technologies have the potential to improve oral health in Arkansas. Teledentistry, which involves remote examination, diagnosis and treatment, is now widely used by orthodontists across the state, but it is not yet used by most Arkansas dentists. This report is part of a year-long statewide series on oral health produced by Arkansas Public Media and supported by Delta Dental of Arkansas.

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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.

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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.