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KUAR Transmitter Fire
5:25 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

ATF: Suspicious Fire At KUAR Transmitter Likely Arson

The KUAR transmitter building on Shinall Mountain west of Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

After a suspicious fire that heavily damaged KUAR's transmitter Saturday night, authorities say it now appears more likely that the blaze was intentionally set.

“At this point in time we’re looking at it like an arson,” said Grover Crossland, Resident Agent in Charge of the Little Rock office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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UAMS manikins
10:36 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

New High-tech Health Care Center Trains Students On Life-like Manikins

Peter Leake (left), playing the role of husband to the expectant simulated patient named Noel, and Julie Warner, R.N., wait for the delivery to begin.
Credit UAMS

A state-of-the-art facility at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will give nursing, pharmacy, and medical students’ hands-on training with computerized life-like manikins. The new Simulation Center also has trauma bays, hospital bedrooms, and special treatment rooms that can be converted into a public place, like a cafeteria, so students hone their skills. Michael Manley runs the center.

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Women and War
6:56 pm
Sun February 27, 2011

Women In Combat

Servicewomen at the first Women Veterans Summit in Arkansas.
Credit Malcolm Glover

For many years, conventional wisdom and Pentagon policy barred female soldiers from direct ground combat, but the nature of modern warfare often puts them in the heat of battle.

At an event in North Little Rock, Sergeant First Class Jennifer Broach fixes her fatigues, clutches her rifle and helps her fellow soldiers prepare for the Presentation of Colors, displaying the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance. Broach completed two combat missions in Iraq with the Arkansas Army National Guard.

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Johnny Cash
4:50 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

New Collection Of Rare, Vintage Johnny Cash Recordings Released

The cover of Johnny Cash's From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. 2.
Credit Columbia/ Legacy Records

More than seven years after the death of Arkansas-native Johnny Cash, a new collection has just been released of rare, vintage recordings.

As FM 89's Michael Hibblen reports, “Bootleg II: From Memphis to Hollywood” spans the first 15 years of Cash's music career, and includes his first radio broadcast, when Cash and the Tennessee Two got a weekly show on West Memphis station KWEM.

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Glover Wins Gracie
10:09 am
Tue February 22, 2011

KUAR's Malcolm Glover Wins Gracie Award

Malcolm Glover
Credit Kara Conlon

Malcolm Glover, a reporter and KUAR's local host during Morning Edition, has won a Gracie Award for his reporting on female veterans.

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ARK things considered
10:37 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

The Calm before the Storm: My Trip to Egypt before Revolution

Malcolm and the pyramids at Giza.
Credit Malcolm Glover

Today marks the one month anniversary of my return to the U.S., after a whirlwind trip to Egypt. Over the course of 10 days, I immersed myself in the unique history, vibrant culture, and delicious cuisine of that captivating country. My journey was simply amazing and the experience unforgettable, but I had no clue that during my time there I would witness the dawning of a democratic revolution throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East.

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Local & Regional News
4:21 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Legendary Radio Program May Be Coming To An End

Clyde Clifford, whose real name is Dale Seidenschwarz, in the studio of KKPT-FM 94.1 The Point during his program Sunday.
Credit Michael Hibblen

The radio program Beaker Street, which debuted 45 years ago playing progressive rock on Little Rock powerhouse KAAY and had regular listeners around the country, could be coming to an end.  It's being canceled by its current broadcast home, KKPT, The Point 94.1.

Things haven't changed much over the decades.  Listeners of Beaker Street still hear records fade out, strange background sounds come up and then the mellow voice of Clyde Clifford.

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Women in wartime
7:16 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Female veterans seek support from VA

Retired Army Colonel, Diann Chatterton Terry
Credit Malcolm Glover

As the nation pauses today to honor veterans for their sacrifice, more women are speaking out about life in the military and getting help from the VA.

The VA reports that 1 in 5 women seen by the Veterans Health Administration say they've experienced military sexual trauma, or abuse. Diann Chatterton Terry is a 27-year Army veteran. She arrived at the VA women's health center in Little Rock using a cane to maneuver around the hallways. Terry says military women also have to fight deep-seated stereotypes.

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Local & Regional News
12:51 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Singer-Songwriter James McMurtry Talks About His Music

Singer-songwriter James McMurtry sat down with KUAR's Michael Hibblen to talk about his music and play a couple of songs.

For more than two decades he's been releasing albums with often bleak lyrics, developing a loyal following.  Author Stephen King has called him "the truest, fiercest songwriters of his generation.

McMurtry came by KUAR for the interview July 20, 2010 before a show that evening at Juanita's in Little Rock.   You can learn more about him at: www.jamesmcmurtry.com.

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Local & Regional News
7:25 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Opera Will Tell The Story Of Former President Clinton's Childhood

Bonnie Montgomery discusses her opera on the childhood of Bill Clinton at KUAR.
Credit Michael Hibblen

An Arkansas singer is hoping to show how the childhood of Bill Clinton helped shape the future president. She is putting together an opera that is a day in the life of the then 14-year-old Clinton growing up in Hot Springs.

The production is to be called Billy Blythe, which is the name Clinton went by until he adopted his step-father's last name in high school.  It's the brainchild of 30-year-old Bonnie Montgomery.

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