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Native solar meadows, the Squirrel Nut Zippers holiday tour

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On today's show, the benefits of solar panel arrays on native grasslands. Also, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will use $17.5 million to improve maternal health in the state. Plus, Nate Walls with Second Helping NWA is busy again this time of year.

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Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for <i>Ozarks at Large.</i>
Kyle Kellams is KUAF's news director and host of Ozarks at Large.
Matthew Moore is a reporter and producer for Ozarks at Large.
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