Chris Hickey http://ualrpublicradio.org en Arkansas Corrections Officials Tell Lawmakers New Prison Needed http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-corrections-officials-tell-lawmakers-new-prison-needed <p><span style="font-size: large; line-height: 1.5;">After introducing new parole enforcement guidelines meant to cut back on repeat violators, Arkansas experienced the highest one-year increase in the inmate population in its history, at 17.7 percent. State prison officials now are considering new strategies for reform reentry programs and house an influx of inmates.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:42:53 +0000 Chris Hickey 26678 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Corrections Officials Tell Lawmakers New Prison Needed Central Arkansas Officials Tout New Fuel For Bus Fleet http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/central-arkansas-officials-tout-new-fuel-bus-fleet <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">Fuel efficiency, cost effectiveness, cleaner air are all benefits a handful of local officials are praising with the dawning of the Central Arkansas Transit Authority's new, soon to be introduced natural gas fleet. </font></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:36:04 +0000 Chris Hickey 26660 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Central Arkansas Officials Tout New Fuel For Bus Fleet Arkansas AG Candidates Debate Federal Overreach, Sentencing http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-ag-candidates-debate-federal-overreach-sentencing <p>Claims of an overreaching federal government through laws like the Affordable Care Act brought the candidates for Arkansas Attorney General to differ over what legal stances the state should adopt in response to Washington.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican Leslie Rutledge, Democrat Nate Steel and Libertarian candidate Aaron Cash squared off in a debate on Friday, moderated by the Arkansas Press Association.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:41:03 +0000 Chris Hickey 26341 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Lt. Governor Candidates Debate Policy Influence, Role's Effectiveness http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/lt-governor-candidates-debate-policy-influence-roles-effectiveness <p>The lead candidates for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor are emphasizing job creation and economic development in their hoped-for roles as policy advocates in the legislature. Their third party challenger, meanwhile, says the office grossly overestimates its own worth and use of taxpayer dollars.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:15:06 +0000 Chris Hickey 26340 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas May Unemployment Rate Drops http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-may-unemployment-rate-drops <p>The rate of unemployment in Arkansas dropped from 6.6 percent to 6.4 percent during the month of May. It has also dropped more than a full percentage point since the same period last year, when it stood at 7.5 percent in May 2013.</p><p>While sectors like educational and health services displayed a lot of growth in May, areas like construction and manufacturing did not. UALR economist and state economic forecaster Michael Pakko says the new numbers do not reflect “unambiguously positive news.”</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:22:52 +0000 Chris Hickey 25152 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Children Of Fathers In Prison Face Isolation, Shame, Say Advocates http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/children-fathers-prison-face-isolation-shame-say-advocates <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">As Father’s Day nears, advocates for families of prisoners are bringing attention to the barriers that persist between incarcerated parents and their children.</font></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:38:09 +0000 Chris Hickey 24855 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Children Of Fathers In Prison Face Isolation, Shame, Say Advocates Downtown Revitalization On Minds Of Hot Springs Ralliers http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/downtown-revitalization-minds-hot-springs-ralliers <p>On the one hundredth day since Hot Springs’ historic Majestic Hotel went up in a fiery blaze, citizens of the Spa City plan to hold a rally supporting the preservation of other downtown buildings and new revitalization efforts. It's set for Saturday afternoon.</p><p>The rally comes shortly after the Hot Springs Downtown Game Plan Task Force <a href="http://www.cityhs.net/DocumentCenter/Home/View/2883" target="_blank">presented recommendations</a> to the city on Wednesday asking for new preservation and economic development policies.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:39:13 +0000 Chris Hickey 24388 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Downtown Revitalization On Minds Of Hot Springs Ralliers Arkansas Waterways To Get Boost From Federal Water Legislation http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-waterways-get-boost-federal-water-legislation <p>Now that Congress has overwhelmingly passed a water resources bill, which awaits President Obama’s signature, officials who oversee Arkansas’s navigable waterways say infrastructure along the state’s rivers will likely benefit. All members of the state’s congressional delegation supported the legislation.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:47:09 +0000 Chris Hickey 23706 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Waterways To Get Boost From Federal Water Legislation Segregation Today: How Past Housing Policies Affected Little Rock's Racial Landscape http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/segregation-today-how-past-housing-policies-affected-little-rocks-racial-landscape <p><span style="font-size: large; line-height: 1.5;">This month marks the </span>60<sup>th</sup><span style="font-size: large; line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the <a href="http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/nostalgia-whats-been-lost-brown-v-board" target="_blank">Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision</a>, initiating efforts to integrate schools around the country and especially in the American South where black and white children received largely unequal opportunities for education.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:14:51 +0000 Chris Hickey 23443 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Segregation Today: How Past Housing Policies Affected Little Rock's Racial Landscape Arkansas Prison Phone Call Rates Too Steep, Say Advocates http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-prison-phone-call-rates-too-steep-say-advocates <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">The Arkansas Department of Corrections will soon decide on the future of inmate telephone services at its meeting on Tuesday. The Department’s <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kuar/files/gtl_contract_renewal_21414.docx_.pdf" target="_blank">current contract with Global Tel Link</a> is expiring this year and advocates say the high rates charged for phone calls are unfair for inmates and their families. </font></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:42:36 +0000 Chris Hickey 22497 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Prison Phone Call Rates Too Steep, Say Advocates