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, we speak with the chancellor of the University of Arkansas Fort Smith about the coming reorganization at the institution. Plus, we hear about the potential impacts of a bill that would allow educators and staff to misgender transgender students at public schools and universities. And, we remember Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Paul Greenberg, who died earlier this month.

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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 take a look back the COVID-19 pandemic numbers from March with the assistant editors of Plus, we hear from the governor about why he decided to veto a bill that would ban transgender minors in Arkansas from receiving gender-affirming healthcare. And, we learn about how, after more than two decades of research, an international team of researchers identified a key component in the creation of a toxin that killed dozens of bald eagles on Arkansas lakes.

On today's show, we head to Bentonville where a member of the city council helped organize a Stop Asian Hate vigil after a Bentonville fire captain, who later resigned, was accused of assaulting a Vietnamese man in Hot Springs. Plus, we speak with the director of a TheatreSquared play that was performed in front of a live, vaccinated audience. And, we learn about an infectious disease that's killing migratory songbirds and could potentially spread to birds that call the Ozarks home.

On today's show, we hear from leaders in the Cherokee and Chickasaw Nations about why they're making the COVID-19 vaccine available to anyone in the general public. Plus, we head to Centerton where birding experts are opposing a real estate and golf development because migratory and native birds rely on a constructed wetland nearby. And, we find out how a team of University of Arkansas educators plans to use a grant from the National Science Foundation to get more math and science teachers into classrooms.

On today's show, we hear about a new report that examines the causes of Arkansas's teacher shortage and outlines some potential solutions. Plus, we find out about several bills making their way through the Arkansas Legislature that aim to restrict transgender youth from participating in sports and receiving certain health care. And, we head to Bentonville where an event held this weekend put $13,000 into businesses that have been struggling during the pandemic.

Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Mar 9, 2021

On today's show, we have a discussion about the complexities of the state's latest proposed Medicaid expansion program called ARHOME. And, we find out about Arkansas's two new varieties of wine grapes that were developed by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture following decades of breeding and research. Plus, we learn about proposed legislation that would allow schools to create bilingual and dual immersion programs that supporters say benefit both English learners and native English speakers.

On today's show, we speak with the assistant editors of the Arkansas COVID-19 website about the virus case and hospitalization numbers recorded in Arkansas last month. Plus, we head to the colony of Catcher where a race riot drove as many as a thousand African American residents from their homes in the early 1920s. And, we hear about the restoration and enhancement efforts taking place at an oak savanna in south Fayetteville.

On today's show, we learn about a University of Arkansas tour organized by students that explores the Black experience on campus. Plus, we have analysis of Arkansas Sen. Jim Hendren's decision to leave the Republican Party to become an Independent. And, we head to Pea Ridge where several thousand households and businesses lost their natural gas supply in the midst of back-to-back winter storms.

On today's show, we have highlights from the governor's weekly coronavirus response briefing as people continue to get vaccinated across the state. Plus, we'll fill you in on what happened at a meeting of the Washington County Quorum Court where officials discussed the future of a multimillion dollar reimbursement from the federal government. And, we take a look back at the last 30 days of the Legislative Session.