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5:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Interview With Roby Brock: Hutchinson's Inauguration, New Legislators, & Social Issues

Roby Brock, editor-in-chief of Talk Business and Politics, in the gallery of the state House of Representatives.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Asa Hutchinson is poised to officially become the 46th governor of Arkansas with a swearing-in ceremony late Tuesday morning. The Republican takes the office as his party takes control of both chambers of the legislature and every constitutional office. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman talks with Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics about Hutchinson's inauguration and the 90th General Assembly.

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Local & Regional News
5:11 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Small Businesses Being Guided As Health Insurance Expands

Arkansas small business owners have the opportunity to learn more about the state’s health insurance marketplaces during a free webinar Tuesday. The on-line seminar will explore topics related to the costs and benefits of using the marketplaces.

Edward Haddock with the Small Business Administration said the information presented will be relevant even as the Arkansas Legislature discusses the future of healthcare in the state.

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Local & Regional News
3:40 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Arkansas Attorney General Urges $97,000 Pay Raise For Successor

Outgoing Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaking in May 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The outgoing Democratic attorney general of Arkansas is urging a panel reviewing elected officials' salaries to more than double his Republican successor's pay.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Monday recommended that the Independent Citizens Commission raise incoming Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's pay from $73,132 a year to at least $165,000. The seven-member panel was created to review and adjust salaries for Arkansas legislators, constitutional officers and judges.

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Local & Regional News
1:36 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

University Of Arkansas Chancellor Resigning Post, Returning To Faculty

University of Arkansas Chancellor David Gearhart in a file photo from January 2014 while appearing before a committee of the Arkansas Legislature.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

University of Arkansas chancellor G. David Gearheart said he will step down from his position and return to the classroom on July 31, 2015.

Citing his desire to spend more time with his family, Gearheart who has served as chancellor since 2008, said he planned to return to the classroom.

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Programming Changes
12:07 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

The New Year Brings Changes To KUAR’s Night And Weekend Programming

New KUAR programming schedule, starting Jan. 17

Starting this Saturday, January 17, listeners will be able to hear more news and information programming weekday evenings and weekend mornings on KUAR.

These changes include an additional hour of Fresh Air, Monday through Friday nights at 7 p.m., and two hours of news and information programming Monday through Thursday nights.

On Saturdays, Wait...Wait Don’t Tell me will move to 10 a.m., Says You! will now be a full hour at noon and Not Necessarily Nashville will expand to a two-hour program Saturday evenings.

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Local & Regional News
11:05 am
Mon January 12, 2015

A User's Guide To The Arkansas Legislature's 2015 Session

The Arkansas State Capitol
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Arkansas Legislature convenes Monday at Noon for its regular legislative session. A new governor takes office on Tuesday.

A rundown on the session and how to follow the lawmakers' activities:

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Local & Regional News
10:55 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Hutchinson Wants To Keep Focus On Jobs As He Takes Office

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson, speaking to reporters last week at the Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

After a heated campaign where he touted himself as the candidate best prepared to be the "jobs governor," Republican Asa Hutchinson says boosting Arkansas' economy will be his focus as takes over the state's top office.

The 64-year-old ex-congressman and former federal Homeland Security official will be sworn in Tuesday as Arkansas' 46th governor, succeeding outgoing Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

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Local & Regional News
5:23 am
Mon January 12, 2015

90th General Assembly Of The Arkansas Legislature To Convene

The 89th House of Representatives floor.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

KAUFFMAN: We’re on the verge of the 90th General Assembly convening, there’s historic power in the hands of Republicans and some truly major issues at stake this year. Let’s begin with what might be the legacy of the last governor, the private option. A lot of legislative leaders say it needs to be more conservative. What might that look like and what ideas have been proposed.

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Local & Regional News
11:07 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Little Rock Director Cited For Driving While Intoxicated

A member of Little Rock's board of directors has been cited for driving while intoxicated.

A Little Rock Police Department report says 48-year-old Kenneth Richardson was cited for DWI and traffic offenses on Saturday evening after an officer observed his car swerving at a high rate of speed. The officer caught up with Richardson, who changed lanes without signaling.

The report says Richardson then pulled the car into a parking lot and struck a shrub before stopping.

Local & Regional News
6:09 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Arkansan Honorable Formally Takes Spot On FERC

Honorable, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, is invested with the duties of commissioner FERC at the Richard Shepard Arnold United States Courthouse in Little Rock
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The former chairwoman of Arkansas's Public Service Commission now holds a position on the influential Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission, also known as FERC. An investiture ceremony for Honorable was held at the federal courthouse in Little Rock Friday.

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