Ozarks At Large

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This locally produced news magazine has covered news, sports, politics, arts & culture and the quirky and unusual happenings in the Ozarks for more than three decades.

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On today's show, We check in with journalists with ArkansasCovid.com for an update on virus trends. Plus, University of Arkansas faculty discuss what to expect when classes begin this month, and much more.

July ended with COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations nearing the highs of the winter surge. We talked to Rachel Sanchez-Smith and Rob Wells from Arkansas Covid about what the summer numbers regarding the virus might mean going forward.

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University of Arkansas - Fayetteville administrative, academic, facilities and medical leaders discussed how best to accomodate as many as 28,000 students expected over the next several weeks on campus, just as a dangerous COVID-19 variant is surging in the region. 

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History allows us to connect events that we might not have known were related when they happnened. For this week's examination of history with archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual Hisotry, we listen to two major news stories from April, 1995. The Oklahoma City bombing and an execution in Arkansas took place on the same day.

On today's show, we're once again in a state of emergency in Arkansas. Plus, an Arkansas Circuit Court Judge has ruled to resume federal pandemic unemployment benefits to over 69,000 workers, a University of Arkansas professor helps digs into a slice of World War II history, and much more.

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As the virus surges in Arkansas and hospitals are full or nearly full, Governor Asa Hutchinson is again implementing a statewide public health emergency. He's also calling a special session of the Arkansas Legislature to possibly consider amending a new law that prohibits school districts from implementing mask mandates.

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Federal pandemic unemployment relief has been ordered to resume in Arkansas by a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge to as many as 70,000 qualified Arkansans. In May, the emergency benefits were terminated by Governor Asa Hutchinson, who said jobs are now plentiful. Legal Aid of Arkansas sued the state on behalf of five Arkansas plaintiffs who claim the temporary benefits are critically needed. 

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University of Arkansas French professor, Kathy Comfort's 2018 book 'Refiguring Les Années Noires: Literary Representations of the Nazi Occupation,'  was released in paperback this July.

SONA Season Announced

Jul 30, 2021
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SONA, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, is gearing up for a new season. Becca Martin Brown, the features editor for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette gives us details...plus information about this weekend's offerings.

On today's show, we learn more about a study by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences about vaccine hesitancy. Plus, the live music rundown for a sweltering last hurrah of July, and much more.