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Nadia Ramlagan

Producer, Arkansas News Service

Producer, Arkansas News Service

  • State Rep. Jimmy Gazaway, R-Paragould, has introduced a bill that would create minimum housing standards for renters and clear up confusion on the state’s eviction process. Comments from Lynn Foster, professor emerita, University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law.
  • Anti-hunger advocates say more innovative strategies are needed for making sure children in remote, rural parts of the state have continued access to nourishing food amid the pandemic. Comments from two Save the Children officials: Audrey Freshwater, Arkansas deputy director; and Tamara Sandberg, U.S. advisor for food security and nutrition.
  • Experts say the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed serious gaps in the country’s healthcare system, and are urging state and local governments to examine lessons learned and increase their preparedness for the next public health crisis. Comments from Dr. Helen Boucher (boo-CHEY), chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Tufts Medical Center.
  • As more states and counties begin to implement election audits, experts say informing the public about what audits are and how they're used to independently review the outcomes of elections will be critical. Comments from Tammy Patrick, senior advisor, Democracy Fund; and Ben Adida, executive director, VotingWorks.
  • Experts say the Biden-Harris administration could expand Medicaid and implement policies that boost reproductive rights. However, in Arkansas, state lawmakers and the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court could complicate the picture. Comments from Elizabeth Nash, associate director of state issues, Guttmacher Institute.
  • An estimated 147,000 Arkansans may have lost their employer-sponsored health coverage because of the pandemic, according to the State Health Access Data Assistance Center.
  • Little Rock – Early voting starts Monday, and there are several resources Arkansans can use to inform themselves about issues on their local ballot. Comments from Nell Matthews, president, League of Women Voters of Arkansas.
  • Little Rock, AR – New census survey data show more Arkansas families are struggling, and advocates say the state needs more federal relief to ensure more kids and parents don't slip further into poverty. Comments from Bruno Showers, senior policy analyst, Arkansas Center for Children and Families.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a nationwide moratorium on evictions due to the COVID-19 crisis, but the protections aren't automatic. Comments from Neil Sealy, executive director, Arkansas Renters United and Arkansas Community Organizations; and Lynn Foster, professor of law emeritus, William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  • Experts say boosting the security of Arkansas' voter registration database is critical to preventing possible interference in the 2020 presidential election. A new report from the Center for Election Innovation and Research finds most states have made improvements to database protection since 2018. Comments from David Becker, executive director, Center for Election Innovation and Research.