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July 28, 2017
A decisive early Friday vote on a GOP-led Obamacare "skinny" repeal comes up short. Why Arkansas's Senators voted for the failed measure amidst evidence that state public opinion may not be quite on their side.
July 8, 2017
2017 has seen a sharp increase in violent crime in Little Rock, but the nightclub shooting a week ago that injured 28 people left authorities saying something drastic needed to be done. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has brought together state and federal manpower in a coordinated effort to combat crime in the state's capitol city. We'll discuss what that will involve. Also on the podcast, a proposed ban on the herbicide dicamba, which is blamed for extensive crop damage. And state revenue increases at the
July 1, 2017
A controversial Ten Commandments monument was put on display this week at the Arkansas State Capitol, but less than 24 hours later it was destroyed. We'll have an in-depth discussion about what happened to the monument. Also this week we talk about Governor Hutchinson calling for changes to the healthcare bill that for now is stalled in the U.S. Senate. Lately there hasn't been much comment on the topic from Arkansas’s two senators. And we'll look at the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling siding with
June 2, 2017
Arkansas Republicans are roundly cheering President Trump's decision to join forces with Syria and withdraw from a worldwide climate change accord. Mayors in Little Rock and Fayetteville take a different tone and pledge to keep the course set under the previous administration. The podcast also delves into the first movement in the 2018 U.S. House race in central Arkansas. Paul Spencer launched an exploratory committee as a Democrat and Natashia Burch Hulsey prepares for an independent bid. Tens
May 26, 2017
On this week's podcast we take a look at what President Trump's first budget proposal could mean for the poor state of Arkansas. Analysis from political scientist Heather Yates of UCA and reaction from the state's Congressional delegation. The KUAR News crew also takes a look at: - A new task force on tax policy is off and running in the Arkansas Legislature. Tax cuts for the wealthy is the goal of some but at what cost? Is there a will to pay for it by cutting existing exemptions? - The FBI
May 19, 2017
On this week's podcast: As questions about possible collusion between the Donald J. Trump White House and the Russian government swell to a fever pitch in Washington, we talk Arkansas’s congressional reaction to the firing of the FBI director, the appointment of a special prosecutor and more. -A look toward the 2018 general election. Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other incumbents are in a strong position. What are the big issues? What challenges lie ahead? Who will emerge as the potential challengers?
May 6, 2017
Three big topics on KUAR’s Week-In-Review Podcast: -Record flooding in northern Arkansas prompts a big response to save lives and property. We talk with KASU reporter Johnathan Reaves about what he has seen and calls for improvements to the state’s levees after another failure leaves a town flooded. -The Arkansas General Assembly hold a special session approving changes to the state’s Medicaid expansion program and talking about impeaching Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen for
March 31, 2017
This edition of KUAR's Week In Review podcast tackles the winding down of the legislative session. Lawmakers retread the concealed carry debate and carve out an exception for athletic events, UAMS, and the state hospital despite NRA opposition. The online sales tax finally gets past a committee hurdle and the bathroom bill gets pushed aside for another time as does highway funding. The KUAR News team also delves into a nationwide report detailing the health of every county in America. Some
March 24, 2017
On the program: -Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signs a law to eventually bring concealed firearms into college campuses, the state capitol, stadiums and bars. How will the state adapt and who’s raising alarm? -The Governor also puts pen to paper on a law officially separating Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King. -As planned executions for eight state inmates over ten days draws closer, we look at failed efforts to outlaw or limit capital punishment in Arkansas. -And a look at new effort that
March 18, 2017
On this week's podcast, two bills are awaiting the governor's signature. One got final approval late Friday afternoon, capping years of debate about whether the state should end the practice of having dual recognition of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on the same day. The other greatly expands where concealed handguns can be carried. We also discuss how two Congressmen from Arkansas helped advance a Republican proposal to repeal and replace
March 10, 2017
On this week's podcast the KUAR News team tackles the emerging overhaul of healthcare at the both federal and state level. The Speaker of the House is moving forward with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act but Arkansas's congressional delegation has plenty of reservations about the replacement plan. On the same as the national GOP plan unveiling, Governor Asa Hutchinson released his plan to seek new changes to Medicaid Expansion. The Republican governor's proposed waivers to the Affordable
February 25, 2017
Chris Hickey and Karen Tricot Steward take a deep-dive into some of the top stories in Arkansas this week, including angry constituents at town hall meetings and a Supreme Court decision to strike down a local anti-discrimination law. Plus: Why KUAR interim general manager Nathan Vandiver, once champion of a beard-growing contest, has reservations about entering again.
February 18, 2017
On this week's podcast the KUAR news team digs into a few of the bigger issues facing the Arkansas Legislature, including guns on college campuses, a bathroom bill and its possible impact on tourism, and abortion restrictions that are advancing. We also talk about some non-legislative matters, including an effort to address crime in the state and details of this year's Johnny Cash Heritage Festival to be held this time in his boyhood hometown of Dyess.
February 10, 2017
The KUAR News team took a look back at the week's top news in the latest installment of the Week In Review Podcast. The State Supreme Court looks at the future of LGBTQ rights as a Fayetteville ordinance is challenged by the state. In the Legislature: a deadline for Constitutional Amendments; abortion rights; and sanctuary campuses. Legislation in Arkansas to require online retailers to collect sales tax is moving forward, but a separate effort in Washington D.C. has a tougher road. Update:
February 4, 2017
The top story this week: Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs his $50 million tax cut for low income Arkansans into law. But a disappointing state revenue report the following day prompts talk of budget cuts. We also have a full wrap up of legislative activities, including advancement of a bill that would require colleges to allow firearms on campuses and a debate over Sharia law that came up during consideration of another bill. We wrap up with the full interview recorded with longtime radio jazz host and
January 27, 2017
This week, on KUAR’s Week In Review Podcast: - The governor signs into law a ban on a commonly-used second trimester abortion procedure. - Arkansas’s primary may be moving back to May and a few wrenches are thrown in the works of the state’s nascent medical marijuana program. - Voter ID, Higher Education funding changes, and the governor’s tax cuts advance in week three of the legislative session. - Arkansas officials are taking in week one of a Donald Trump presidency. What they have to say on
January 21, 2017
This time on KUAR's Week-In-Review Podcast: The 45th President of the United States is sworn into office. We’ll talk with central Arkansas's Congressman about what he wants to see President Trump's first days. It’s week two of the 91st Arkansas General Assembly. We'll have an update on several bills involving tax cuts, food stamp restrictions, ethics bills, the lottery, and abortion restrictions. And finally the Little Rock School District announces plans to close several schools, getting
January 13, 2017
Welcome to another edition of KUAR's Week In Review podcast where the KUAR News team takes a look at the news from the week that was. In the state’s Capitol, the 91 st General Assembly convenes: tax cuts, partisan power plays, marijuana, and dinosaurs… In the nation’s Capitol, first steps are taken to repeal the Affordable Care Act. What does it mean for Arkansas? This Monday could be the last time Arkansas celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day as Robert E. Lee. But will anyone step
January 6, 2017
Huddle up by the fireplace and tune into this week's Week in Review podcast from the KUAR News team. This week we highlight some of what to look for in next week's legislative session, a bribery case in NWA with potentially far reaching implications, the opening of the U.S. Congress, Tom Cotton's take on Russian hacks, and a new state partnership with Facebook. Take a listen and make sure to subscribe to the podcast this year to keep up to date with state news at large and all the happenings
December 10, 2016
The KUAR news staff breaks down a busy week, including: How Arkansas is implementing medical marijuana after last month's election with reaction from the man who spearheaded the campaign; The state Supreme Court tosses out a judge's ruling involving birth certificates for the children of same-sex couples. We talk with plaintiff Marissa Pavan; Gov. Asa Hutchinson gets word the federal government has approved proposed changes to the state's Medicaid expansion program, though one aspect doesn't go
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