Chris Hickey

Anchor & Reporter

Chris Hickey was born and raised in Houston, Texas, spending his teenage years in Camden, Ohio. After a hang gliding accident permanently ruined his dreams of becoming a Division I college basketball champion, he decided to pursue a liberal arts degree at Hendrix College, majoring in English. He got his start in public radio working as a board operator at WMUB in Oxford, Ohio during his summer and winter breaks from school. Since graduating, he has made Little Rock home. He joined KUAR in September 2011 as a production intern and has since enjoyed producing, anchoring and reporting for the station.

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Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

After Heavy Rains, Frigid Air In Store For Arkansas

After enduring a battering of torrential rains over the weekend, Arkansans may now have to bundle up as a cold front moves through the state bringing the likelihood of freezing weather Monday night. The state rarely feels temperatures drop below freezing in mid-April, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Tabitha Clark, who says a cold front moving in from Canada is causing the mercury in the thermometer to drop.

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Medicare
2:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Arkansas Surgeon General: More Transparency Means Better Healthcare

This week’s nationwide release of data on doctors’ Medicare billing fees has many cheering the cause of making the costs associated with healthcare more transparent. The release also heralds a future of greater transparency as to how healthcare is delivered and assessed, according to Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson.

In Arkansas, numbers show oncologists, ophthalmologists and ambulance services tend to receive the most in Medicare payments. Thompson said he welcomes the greater transparency in healthcare costs but warns that the numbers could be taken out of context.

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Local & Regional News
2:00 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Arkansas Officials Kick Off Public Health Week

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola speaks at the event

Local government officials and the Arkansas Department of Health are trying to raise awareness about issues like obesity, childhood hunger, fitness and nutrition for National Public Health Week.

On Monday, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, representatives from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and others gathered at the Big Dam Bridge to advocate for various educational initiatives.

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Local & Regional News
2:58 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Maumelle Watershed Task Force To Submit Proposals

Lake Maumelle, as seen from the peak of Pinnacle Mountain in Roland, Arkansas.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The use of land around the lake providing nearly 400,000 Arkansans with drinking water is the topic of recommendations the Lake Maumelle Watershed Task Force is submitting to Pulaski County Quorum Court this week. The Court will then decide on including the recommendations in a zoning ordinance for the watershed. The 31-member task force, comprised of people representing various interests, has been meeting regularly for nearly a year to come up with the recommendations.

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Big Data In Arkansas
1:49 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Acxiom CEO Wants Tighter Regulations On Data Industry

Acxiom Corporation's headquarters in Little Rock.
Credit Adam Bartlett / flickr.com

The CEO of Little Rock-based Acxiom Corporation says he supports stronger regulations on companies that collect, analyze and market consumer data. In a presentation to investors associated with Delta Trust and Bank last week, CEO Scott Howe said data collected on consumers should be limited to marketing only. He said people should also have the right to deny access to companies that want to collect their personal data.

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Affordable Care Act
2:55 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

With Deadline Near, More Arkansans Signing Up On Insurance Marketplace

The deadline to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is nearing. Those seeking to enroll have until next Monday, March 31, or they may face a fine.

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State of the City
4:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Little Rock Mayor Talks Obesity, Violence & Infrastructure In Annual Address

File photo of Mayor Mark Stodola delivering a speech.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

In his latest “State of the City” Address, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola called for new efforts to end childhood obesity and violence among young African American males in the city. At the Centre at University Park Monday before several city leaders and community members, Stodola delivered his annual address, pointing out many of the city’s successes and several problem areas.

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Labor & The Economy
1:50 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Arkansas Unemployment Down, Still Higher Than Nation

Figures released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Monday show an increase in the number of workers who’ve found a job. The unemployment rate dropped a tenth of one percent to 7.3 percent in January, compared to December. It’s also two-tenths of a percent lower from the same time last year.

Dr. Michael Pakko with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute for Economic Advancement says overall the numbers show positive trends in the state’s economy.

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Local & Regional News
3:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Power Transmission Operator Breaks Ground For Little Rock Facility

Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A company that will manage operations of Entergy Arkansas’s power grid, broke ground on a new facility in Little Rock Friday. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator or MISO, is establishing a regional headquarters that it says will employ 50 people at average salaries of 85,000 dollars a year.

Local elected officials and company representatives gathered in the middle of a dusty construction site in West Little Rock to move dirt with golden shovels and give a ceremonial blessing to the arrival MISO’s new facility in Arkansas

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Special Election
4:14 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Pulaski Tech Seeks Millage Increase

Pulaski County voters will get to decide whether to allow a 1.9-mill property tax increase in a special election to provide additional funding for Pulaski Technical College. The two year college is seeking to create a tax district to generate approximately 11 million dollars in annual revenue.

The special election will be held Tuesday. The 1.9 mill increase would amount to about 38 dollars per 100,000 dollars of a property's assessed value.

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