Paul Gatling

Contributing Reporter

Contributing reporter from Northwest Arkansas Business Journal and Talk Politics.

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On today's show, we hear from Hendrix College researchers about the value of restoring abandoned oil and natural gas extractions sites. Plus, we speak with Rev. Nancy Frausto of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Long Beach, California about whether the COVID-19 pandemic has changed houses of worship. And, we discuss COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, which remains high in Arkansas, and ways to encourage more residents to get the immunization.

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On this week's edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, we hear from Ray Hanley, the president and CEO of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, about the high rate of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Arkansas and what can be done to encourage more people to get vaccinated, especially as the reluctance was escalated by the federal government’s recommendation this week to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, April 8, 2021

Apr 8, 2021

On today's show, we have an update on the hate crimes bill that was filed back in November after Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced his support for such legislation. Plus, we hear from professional and amateur cyclists as some are calling on a boycott of events taking place in Fayetteville after the state legislature passed several bills advocates say target transgender athletes and children. And, we welcome the arrival of spring with music selections from Sound Perimeter's Lia Uribe.

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The Arkansas Community Foundation, a statewide nonprofit, is celebrating its 45th anniversary. Roby Brock, of Talk Business and Politics, speaks with President and CEO Heather Larkin on this week's edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report.

On today's show, we speak with a local family practice physician about a bill, which is now on the governor's desk, that would prohibit transgender minors from receiving gender-affirming health care. Plus, we learn about an Arkansas Department of Agriculture initiative that provided oak tree seedlings to families and friends of Arkansans who have died of COVID-19. And, we check in with University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe and host of Sound Perimeter to discuss her other musical passions.

This week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report includes a survey of business conducted by the Arkansas legislature since January. Rex Nelson, a senior editor and columnist at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, provides perspective.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, March 25, 2021

Mar 25, 2021

On today's show, we find out why home prices across Northwest Arkansas skyrocketed in the last half of 2020 and what that means for homebuyers. Plus, we hear from a transgender advocate after an Arkansas legislator files a bill that would bar public school employees from acknowledging trans students' identities. And, we continue our collaboration with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a conversation about ways to prevent colon cancer as we age.


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In this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Roby Brock speaks with Dr. Chad Rodgers, chief medical officer for the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, who reflects on the broad impact of the pandemic during the last year.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, March 18, 2021

Mar 18, 2021

On today's show, we speak with a Benton County justice of the peace about his proposal to use part of a federal CARES Act reimbursement to help small businesses. Plus, we hear from advocates, who say Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities were left out of the conversation during COVID-19 vaccine rollout planning. And, the pandemic may have upended last year's NCAA basketball tournament, but March Madness is back and both the men's and women's Razorback basketball teams are in the mix. We talk with from experts and fans.

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As Americans await their latest stimulus checks from the federal government under President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan, Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses the economic impact of the legislation with Mervin Jebaraj, the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas. That interview and other news are included in this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report.