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New Year Brings IDEALS Institute New Opportunities


On today's show, supporting diversity, equity and inclusion through the IDEAL Institute in the new year. Synagro files for a permit to spread biosolids in western Washington County. Also, one in four U.S. adults experienced loss because of COVID-19, according to a study from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Plus, remembering Sam Cooke's life and music, and more.

Kyle Kellams is KUAF's news Director and host of "Ozarks at Large"
Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for "Ozarks at Large."
Matthew Moore is a reporter and producer for "Ozarks at Large"
Rachell-Sanchez Smith is an associate producer for "Ozarks at Large"
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  • The IDEALS Institute at the University of Arkansas serves as a hub for training, research and support for diversity, equity and inclusion. The institute works both on and off campus. As the new year starts, there are new opportunities for organizations to be involved with the work.
  • A new study from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences finds that loss from COVID-19 has been substantial, and that minority populations have experienced even greater loss.
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