Jacob Kauffman http://ualrpublicradio.org en A Look At Gaza From Part Of Little Rock's Islamic Community http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/look-gaza-part-little-rocks-islamic-community <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR listeners have heard a great deal from both Israelis and Palestinians about the ongoing conflict in Gaza and in Israel. </span>KUAR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is taking a look at some of the the perspectives of Little Rock's largest Islamic community and largest Jewish presence.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I spoke with Tamer Alsebai, Muhammed al-Muhadi, and Waddah&nbsp;Maskoun shortly after afternoon prayer at the Islamic Center of Little Rock. </span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:31:35 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 27304 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A Look At Gaza From Part Of Little Rock's Islamic Community A Look At Gaza From A Leader In Arkansas's Jewish Community http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/look-gaza-leader-arkansass-jewish-community <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR listeners have heard a great deal from both Israelis and Palestinians about the ongoing conflict in Gaza and in Israel.</span></p><p>KUAR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is taking a look at some of the the perspectives of Little Rock's largest Islamic community and largest Jewish presence. I spoke with Rabbi Barry Block of Little Rock's only Reform Judaism congregation Temple </span>B'nai<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Israel. </span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:48:42 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 27239 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A Look At Gaza From A Leader In Arkansas's Jewish Community Pulaski County Jail Reopens Once Again After Being At Capacity http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/pulaski-county-jail-reopens-once-again-after-being-capacity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Pulaski County Jail reopened Thursday. It had been closed to all but the most violent offenders since </span>July 1<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;because it was at its capacity of 1,210 inmates. </span></p><p>Sheriff<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Doc </span>Holladay<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said legislation passed in a special session this month opening up 600 more beds statewide for $6.3 million has helped ease the situation. </span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:07:10 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 27060 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Pulaski County Jail Reopens Once Again After Being At Capacity Sandy Hook And Shooting Simulators Factor In School Safety Conference http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/sandy-hook-and-shooting-simulators-factor-school-safety-conference <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>10th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference is underway in North Little Rock presenting law enforcement and education officials with information to improve safety. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The conference had a few hands-on tools including a firearms training system allowing participants to virtually go through a school shooting as a police officer. Charles Ellis with Camden’s Law Enforcement Training Academy walked officers through the training.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:59:19 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26939 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Sandy Hook And Shooting Simulators Factor In School Safety Conference Christie and Romney Visiting Arkansas: How Much Of It Is For Hutchinson? http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/christie-and-romney-visiting-arkansas-how-much-it-hutchinson <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Asa Hutchinson’s gubernatorial bid is getting the support of some national Republican figures. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – who is the subject of speculation over a possible 2016 Presidential bid – and 2012’s GOP nominee Mitt Romney are visiting the state to host fundraisers next month. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Political scientist Hal Bass of </span>Ouachita<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Baptist University says their visits might be more about helping their own political ambitions than Hutchinson’s. </span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:54:51 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26866 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Christie and Romney Visiting Arkansas: How Much Of It Is For Hutchinson? Media Blitz For Access To State Broadband Network Ends http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/media-blitz-access-state-broadband-network-ends <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Advocates of increasing technology use in education are continuing to push for opening up the state’s broadband network to K-12 public schools.</span></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:00:29 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26855 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Media Blitz For Access To State Broadband Network Ends Arkansas Lottery Pursues Tweaks To Auditing http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-lottery-pursues-tweaks-auditing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arkansas Lottery Commission is pursuing some adjustments to its auditing process in an effort to retain some revenue. Numbers released Tuesday show the lottery’s revenue dropping for a second consecutive year resulting in nearly $9 million dollars less in scholarship funds. </span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:37:20 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26646 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Lottery Pursues Tweaks To Auditing David Pryor Stumping For His Son In North Little Rock http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/david-pryor-stumping-his-son-north-little-rock <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A familiar face in Arkansas politics – former Governor and Senator David Pryor – is out on the campaign trail in support of his son Senator Mark Pryor’s reelection bid against Republican Tom Cotton. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a campaign event in a North Little Rock coffee shop Tuesday morning the elder Pryor argued the influence of special interest money is unparalleled compared to when he held office. </span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:26:24 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26534 at http://ualrpublicradio.org David Pryor Stumping For His Son In North Little Rock Alternative Diploma Geared Toward Trades Aims To Do More Than GED http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/alternative-diploma-geared-toward-trades-aims-do-more-ged <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">El Dorado school officials are making the case for a pilot program offering alternative high school diploma options. District officials presented their plan for individualized, trade-focused diploma options to a joint meeting of the Education Committees Monday. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">El Dorado Superintendent Jim Tucker said an alternative to the GED – that keeps kids in school – is needed. </span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:22:27 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26469 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Alternative Diploma Geared Toward Trades Aims To Do More Than GED All Four Gubernatorial Candidates Debate in Hot Springs http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/all-four-gubernatorial-candidates-debate-hot-springs <p>In a rare example of inclusivity all four of the candidates for governor debated together Friday. Libertarian Frank Gilbert, Green Party candidate Joshua Drake, Democrat Mike Ross, and Republican Asa Hutchinson all participated in a debate hosted by the Arkansas Press Association in Hot Springs.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:51:49 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26353 at http://ualrpublicradio.org