Jacob Kauffman http://ualrpublicradio.org en 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 Beebe and Local Officials Point to Progress of Tornado Recovery, Need For Federal Aid http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/beebe-and-local-officials-point-progress-tornado-recovery-need-federal-aid <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One neighborhood to the south of Mayflower is nearing the end of a clean-up phase after being struck by April’s tornados. Governor Mike Beebe and local leaders were on hand Thursday to tour the area. </span>KUAR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jacob Kauffman reports on the recovery effort and its politics. </span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:59:02 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26298 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Beebe and Local Officials Point to Progress of Tornado Recovery, Need For Federal Aid Legislature Looks at Implementing PT School Employee Reform, Marketplace Update http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/legislature-looks-implementing-pt-school-employee-reform-marketplace-update <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials are working to implement changes to health insurance for public school employees enacted in last week’s special legislative session. At a joint meeting of the Insurance and Commerce committees Tuesday Republican Representative John Burris asked about the fate of part-time workers being removed from the health plan for school employees. </span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:11:40 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26163 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Legislature Looks at Implementing PT School Employee Reform, Marketplace Update Baptist Health Breaks Ground For Conway's Second Hospital http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/baptist-health-breaks-ground-conways-second-hospital <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Baptist Health ceremonially broke ground Monday on Conway’s second hospital. Faulkner County leaders and Governor Mike Beebe joined company officials in plowing gold painted shovels into piles of soil on the 37-acre site along Interstate 40.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Baptist CEO Troy Wells says the $130 million, 96-bed hospital will help serve a growing population with a variety of needs. </span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:00:32 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26098 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Baptist Health Breaks Ground For Conway's Second Hospital