KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast
Michael Hibblen

KUAR's Michael Hibblen and Jacob Kauffman talk about the top stories heading into the holiday weekend.

They discuss a decision by a Pulaski County Judge over same-sex couples being listed on Arkansas birth certificates, what's expected by Arkansas retailers during the coming shopping season, and the arrival  in North Little Rock of the Hoga, a tugboat present at Pearl Harbor when Japan attacked the U.S. 74 years ago.

baxter county nativity

Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass says there will be no Nativity scene or any secular holiday displays on the courthouse lawn this year.

Pendergrass announced the decision Wednesday in Mountain Home in response to a federal judge's ruling earlier this month that the Nativity display violates the Constitution.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks ruled that the county must either stop placing any religious seasonal displays on the property, or create a public forum allowing displays by all religions and viewpoints.

415 Main Street, Little Rock Tech Park Authority
Google Street View

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority agreed on Tuesday to make a $1,037,000 counter offer to attorney Richard Mays to purchase his firm’s downtown office Tuesday, opening the door for the publicly-financed authority to move forward with the first phase of a tech park to boost entrepreneurship.

Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass is scheduled to announce his response to a federal judge's ruling that a Nativity scene on the courthouse lawn violates the Constitution.

Pendergrass is to reveal his decision during a news conference Wednesday.

Judge Timothy Brooks ruled on Nov. 12 that the county must either stop placing any religious seasonal displays on the property or create a public forum allowing displays by all religions and viewpoints.

State Rep. Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville).
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

A legislative task force looking at the future of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid program is nearing a deadline for recommendations.

Rep. Charlie Collins, chairman of the Health Reform Legislative Task Force, told members Tuesday that they will vote at the December meeting on recommendations for the program and for overall changes to the Medicaid system. Consultants reviewed options for cost savings under different managed care models during the first portion of Tuesday's meeting and will continue talks during the afternoon.

File photo: Attorney Cheryl Maples.

A same-sex couple seeking to amend their child’s birth certificate to include the non-biological mother has been denied by the Arkansas Department of Health despite a judge’s order. Following Monday's request to change documentation the attorney general's office filed a request for a stay on Tuesday with a notification of intent to appeal.

Just hours after Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Fox’s decision on Monday Marissa Pavan went with her spouse and attorney Cheryl Maples to the state’s vital records office.

Saint Mark Baptist Church

About 200 homeless and hungry Arkansans had a Thanksgiving meal Tuesday at Saint Mark’s Baptist Church in Little Rock.

A church band played while guests ate Thanksgiving lunch. Volunteers handed out winter clothes.

"The survival kits consist of blankets, backpacks, sleeping bags for those who are out in the elements, hand warmers, gloves, hats and scarves," said Shayla McCullough, who works in outreach at the church.

Bernard Baker says he came for the Thanksgiving meal. He said he’s retired, lives alone, and can’t afford to make a nice meal.  

Arkansans Optimism Around Personal Finance Dips A Bit From Earlier In Year

Nov 24, 2015

Arkansans are a conservative lot but still optimistic overall about personal finances for the next year, according to the Fall 2015 Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey released Tuesday. However, the optimism is down from earlier this year.

The report which looks at personal finance, buying conditions and business outlook over the next 12 months showed Arkansas respondents’ optimism dipped a bit from the March survey.

415 Main Street, Little Rock Tech Park Authority
Google Street View

The legal woes of the Little Rock Technology Park Authority became more entangled Monday as the authority filed a condemnation lawsuit against Little Rock Attorney Richard Mays Sr. in an ongoing dispute that stands in the way of a $100 million development to lure tech companies and entrepreneurs to the downtown area.

Tabitha and Phillip Ashley
Benton Police Department

Police say two Benton parents have been charged in the shooting death of their 2-year-old son.

Twenty-three-year-old Tabitha Ashley and 27-year-old Phillip Ashley were charged with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a minor Monday after their son accidentally shot himself with a handgun last week.

Police say the charges were based on evidence discovered during an investigation. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible.



Every purchase supports programming!

Support Provided By:

Come With Us To Cuba!

UALR Public Radio is pleased to partner with Collette Travel to bring public radio listeners an opportunity to travel to Cuba next summer.

KUAR, Other Arkansas Stations Awarded Large Grant

The grant will help establish a statewide multimedia journalism collaboration focused on reaching rural areas of the state.

Classical Music: Our Sister Station

KLRE Classical 90.5

Classical music 24-7. Tune in or listen online.


Week In Review Podcast

Every Friday, journalists from the KUAR news team review the week's news. Listen here on our website or subscribe on iTunes.

Connect with us on Facebook!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Looking for more ways to hear KUAR on the go, at the office, or during your commute? We're on iTunes Radio.