Ozarks At Large

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On today's show, we hear from utility company customers and representatives as they assess the impact of the back to back winter storms that slammed the state with record low temperatures and several inches of snow. Plus, after nearly a year since most Arkansas inmates have been permitted to have in person visits, we have the details on a Department of Corrections modified visitation pilot program. And, we find out about the expansion that's taking place at a Springdale-based cidery.

Courtesy / Ozarks Electric Cooperative

 

After back to back winter storms two weeks ago dropped temperatures to as much as negative 20 degrees along with several inches of snow, Arkansans are now bracing for their upcoming utility bills. Energy company representatives told lawmakers in a hearing this week that high demand and short supply dramatically drove up the price of natural gas and all modes of energy production performed less than optimally during several days of brutal weather.

It’s been nearly a year since most Arkansas inmates have been permitted to have in-person visitation. That will change this weekend, as the Department of Corrections launches a modified visitation pilot program at four facilities including the Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center. It's the department’s second attempt at implementing the program, which it suspended Dec. 30 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Courtesy / Black Apple Cider

Black Apple Cider, based out of downtown Springdale, will be available outside of Arkansas for the first time later this month. That story is included in this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report with Paul Gatling.

Sound Perimeter: Our Own

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Courtesy / Lia Uribe

This week's Sound Perimeter, hosted by University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe, features works performed by talent at the U of A. We'll hear Vincenzo Bellini's "Eccomi in lieta vesta" by soprano Moon-Sook Park with Anne Rye on piano, Rafael Antonio Aponte's "Clarita" with Catalina Ortega on flute and Miroslava Panayotova on piano, and Noelia Escalzo's "Malevos" performed by Jaden Adkins, Jessica Thompson, Sara Remoy, Cole Crawford and Connor Gott, all on bassoon.

Dixie's Happy Hour is the sequel to the 12-year tour of Dixie's Tupperware Party. The show will be streamed by the Walton Arts Center and includes recipes for in-show drinks.

On today's show, we find out how COVID-19 precautions and interventions are contributing to fewer influenza cases in the state. Plus, we have highlights from the governor's weekly coronavirus response briefing, which included an announcement about expanding vaccination eligibility to food processing workers. And, we hear about the results of a study that explores the opportunities, barriers and resource gaps for women of color business owners in Arkansas.

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Fewer Arkansans are catching influenza this season, data show. Experts believe it may be due to COVID-19 NPI's, or non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as masking, hand washing and social distancing. We hear from Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, state epidemiologist and medical director for immunization and outbreak response at the Arkansas Department of Health. 

 

As we near the one year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic's arrival in Arkansas, more Arkansans are becoming eligible for vaccinations. During his weekly coronavirus response briefing on Tuesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson expanded the current phase 1B of the state's vaccine rollout to food processing workers, which will make an additional 49,000 people eligible for the shot. Last month, the governor expanded vaccine eligibility to people between the ages of 65 and 70.

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The state's first net zero new construction, mixed use building is going up in Fayetteville. Entegrity Partners is building its new offices across the street from the library expansion. Besides offices, the building will also include one bedroom apartments. Entegrity is offsetting the structure's energy consumption with solar panels and energy efficient design.

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