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Sarah was drawn towards radio reporting her freshman year in college at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she already knew she wanted to be a journalist. Throughout her junior and senior years, Sarah reported and produced stories for KBIA, the NPR member station in Columbia. She received her bachelor’s of journalism in Radio/Television reporting with an emphasis on radio.

Immediately after graduation, she wanted to get more experience in political reporting so she went back to Mizzou for her master’s in public affairs reporting, where she spent her final semester as the Missouri statehouse reporter for KBIA.

Now in Arkansas, Sarah is putting that master’s degree to use, covering the statehouse for KUAR. When she’s not in the newsroom, she’s normally watching a lot of movies, hanging out with her cats and trying out new recipes.

Email: sarah@kuar.org

Newsroom: 501-683-7400

On today's show, we speak with Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston about the state of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program after the passage of a third federal stimulus bill. Plus, we learn about a number of bills making their way through the Arkansas legislature, including a proposal that would allow college-level athletes to make money off of their name, voice, signature, photograph or likeness. And, we head to southwest Benton County where the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is preserving three parcels of land in historic Springtown.

Before heading to a brief recess for the rest of the week, the Arkansas House tried to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 301. The bill would return fines to businesses that violated COVID-19 public health guidelines. The Senate voted in favor of a veto Monday, but the House did not garner enough votes Tuesday.

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A bill that would allow college-level student athletes in Arkansas to make money off of their name, voice, signature, photograph or likeness passed its first legislative hurdle this week. On Tuesday, the House Education Committee by a voice vote, with no dissenting votes heard, approved House Bill 1671, which would create the "Student-Athlete Publicity Rights Act."

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.

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A bill that would ban nearly all abortions in Arkansas is on its way to the House after passing the Arkansas Senate on Monday. Senate Bill 6, sponsored by Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, states abortions would only be allowed to save the life of the mother and makes no exceptions for instances of rape or incest. The bill now heads to the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee.

 

Ozarks at Large for Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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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.

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On the first day of the Arkansas Legislative Session, Rep. Stephanie Flowers, a Democrat from Pine Bluff, suggested an update to a rule requiring face coverings. She proposed an amendment penalizing anyone who fails to wear one at all times by docking per diem payments. The amendment was rejected on a voice vote.

On today's show, we speak with local bar owners about a lawsuit filed against state officials after the governor extended an 11 p.m. curfew on establishments that have on-premise alcohol permits. Plus, the 93rd General Assembly convenes today in Little Rock, so we take a look at COVID-19 protective measures being taken at the Arkansas Capitol and the bills that have already been filed by lawmakers. And, we hear about this weekend's Saturday Series at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, which will focus on an Ozark folk artist.

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The Regular Session of the 93rd General Assembly convenes today. Lawmakers have already filed bills on topics ranging from abortion to hate crimes. Sarah Kellogg, with our content partner KUAR, speaks with AP reporter Andrew Demillo to learn what we can expect from the 2021 session.

As the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to rise, those involved with political petitions are finding it difficult to gather signatures. We hear from Melissa Fults, the executive director of Arkansans for Cannabis Reform, which is behind the Arkansas Adult Use Cannabis Amendment, about the challenges.

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