Roby Brock

Ozarks at Large contributor

Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics covers business and political news happening in Arkansas.

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On today's show, as more Arkansans become eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination, we hear about the realities of supply versus demand as the state receives fewer than 38,000 doses of the vaccine per week. Plus, we learn about the struggle of Pacific Islanders for civil rights and social justice under long-standing treaties with the U.S. And, we hear about the new services and amenities at the newly expanded Fayetteville Public Library, which has reopened to the public.

On today's show, we have information about how to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at community action agencies across the state as the pandemic continues to impact people's incomes. Plus, we have a recap of what happened during the first day of the Arkansas Regular Legislative Session in Little Rock. And, we tell you about a new podcast that focuses on Northwest Arkansas's Marshallese community.

On today's show, we speak with local religious leaders to find out how they're adapting last rights, funeral practices and burials during the pandemic. Plus, we check in with the administrators of the Arkansas COVID website to look back at the trends in COVID-19 cases this past months. And, we have details on the new manufacturing facility that will be opening its doors in Fort Smith.

On today's show, we get an update on the construction of a mixed income neighborhood in Fayetteville that aims to ease the need for more affordable housing in the region. Plus, we speak with two City Council candidates who won their runoff elections earlier this month and are expanding the diversity of leadership in Northwest Arkansas. And, we hear from a local psychiatrist who is using ketamine to help people with treatment-resistant depression.

On today's show, we learn about why the City of Fayetteville's voted to establish a registry for landlords' representatives. Plus, we have part two of our interview with Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero about the COVID-19 vaccines that are on track to be authorized before the end of the year. And, we hear from a professor at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center who has worked for over a quarter of a century to improve health outcomes for Pacific Islanders, including Marshallese.

On today's show, we find out how smaller Thanksgiving gatherings are impacting the local restaurant industry. Plus, we speak with a renter who applied for financial assistance from the Arkansas Fresh Start Program, but was denied because her landlord declined waiving late fees. And, we hear from musician Emmet Cohen of the Emmet Cohen Trio ahead of his upcoming, socially-distanced performance at the Walton Arts Center.

On today's show, we hear about a Spanish language voter protection hotline launched by the Democratic Party of Arkansas. Plus, we find out how Northwest Arkansas Community College is doing after the school reported a more than 10 percent drop in enrollment during the fall semester. And, we bring you an audio postcard with a local artist who has been using her craft to cope during the pandemic.

On today's show, we head to the Northwest Technical Institute for the unveiling of the school's new welding center. Plus, we discuss why Arkansas in 2020 isn't so different from Arkansas in 1919. And, we hear from Arkansas U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton about his reelection campaign and his take on the initiatives on the Arkansas ballot.

On today's show, we hear from proponents and opponents of Issue 3, which, if approved, would amend the Arkansas Constitution to change the process for the submission, challenge and approval of proposed citizen-initiated acts, constitutional amendments and referenda. Plus, we have information about a new UAMS study that will examine disparities in immune system response to COVID-19 through antibody testing. And, we have details on a new relief program for tenants who've fallen behind on their rent.

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For years, many former Arkansas football players have moved into the business world after their playing careers ended. On this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Tyler Wilson discusses how he went from being a quarterback to getting into real estate.