Paul Gatling

Contributing Reporter

Contributing reporter from Northwest Arkansas Business Journal and Talk Politics.

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A new report from Bentonville think-tank Heartland Forward examines the decline in economic mobility across the Heartland over the past several decades and analyzes the factors that influence economic opportunity or lack thereof.

On today's show, we have an update from the governor from his coronavirus response briefing, which includes the availability of city-level data on cases. Plus, we hear from immigration advocates as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announces it will reject new DACA applications. And, we have a discussion with a practicing pediatrician about vaccines.

Courtesy / Little Rock Pediatric Clinic

Today's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report features a Roby Brock interview with Chad Rodgers, a practicing pediatrician and the medical director of Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. Rodgers discusses the falling rate of child vaccinations during the pandemic, as well as the status of the search for a COVID-19 vaccine.

A 22-month long leadership program through the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture continues through a pandemic. LeadAR offers participants a chance to have a global view of issues facing Arkansas and its communities. A discussion of the latest version of the program is part of this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report.

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing, which included a statewide executive order mandating face masks. Plus, we speak with an Arkansas Department of Health representative, as well as Marshallese and Latino community leaders, about the findings and recommendations found in a CDC report issued last week after a team visited the area in response to a surge in coronavirus cases in both groups. And, we hear from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge about her decision to run for governor in 2022.