Chris Hickey

Reporter / Anchor

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
7:55 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Plenty Of Young Arkansans Choose Private Option, says DHS

Some enrollees for Arkansas's 'Private Option' version of Medicaid Expansion found they were eligible after applying for coverage through the federally-run website, healthcare.gov.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says a significant number of younger adults are enrolling in the state’s private option. It allows people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($15,850 for an individual) to receive subsidized private health coverage using federal money devoted to Medicaid. Andy Allison, state Medicaid director, says its no surprise younger people are qualifying for the private option, since they tend to earn less.

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Local & Regional News
4:48 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Final Approval Given To School Desegregation Settlement

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A federal judge has approved a settlement phasing out payments from the state to three Pulaski County school districts in the state's long-running desegregation lawsuit. Federal Judge D. Price Marshall said the settlement to the “exceedingly complex” case was “fair, adequate and reasonable” and noted how few objections there were in the case.

After the ruling, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel called the settlement “historic.”

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Film in Arkansas
2:40 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Ron Robinson Theater To Open in Downtown Little Rock With Series of Free Film Events

Seats going in at the Ron Robinson Theater for the grand opening.

The Central Arkansas Library System and the Little Rock Film Festival are opening the Ron Robinson Theater this week in downtown Little Rock with nine days of movie screenings, all free of charge and open to the public

It will be a chance for the public to see the new 315-seat theater with state-of-the-art digital projection, which is part of the newly-built $6 million Arcade Building.

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Public Health
4:48 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Lung Cancer On The Decline In Arkansas

Credit Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday show the rate of lung cancer is in decline around the nation. The same is true in Arkansas. After a steady increase for a number of years, the state has seen a sharp decline in lung cancer from around 84 cases per 100,000 people in 2007 to 70 cases per 100,000, according to Dr. Gary Wheeler of the Arkansas Department of Health. Though he says the state struggled for many years to prevent a rise in lung cancer.

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Local & Regional News
6:15 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

North Little Rock Apartment Complex Faces Discrimination Complaint

The National Fair Housing Alliance says it has found evidence that an apartment complex in North Little Rock discriminated against deaf rental applicants. The organization filed a complaint Thursday with the Department of Housing and Urban Development based on findings from a months-long investigation.

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Local & Regional News
5:51 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Little Rock Home For Recovering Addicts Sparks Neighborhood Controversy

Chris Hickey KUAR

A historic structure near downtown Little Rock has been the site of a recent neighborhood controversy as nearby residents object to its use as a new home for recovering substance abusers. KUAR’s Chris Hickey has a look the home’s mission, what those neighbors are saying, and how local officials are dealing with it all.

 

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Arkansas Real Estate
6:04 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Fewer November Home Sales In Arkansas, 2013 Good Overall

November 2013 wasn’t a very good month for home sales in Arkansas. The number of single family residences sold decreased by about two percent compared to the same period the previous year. Despite that drop, data still show that the total number of home sales last year had been outpacing 2012. Bob Walker, realtor for Coldwell Banker and past president of the Arkansas Realtors Association, says November 2013 was largely an anomaly and he expects home sale numbers to continue to rise.

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Economy & Society
4:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Recovery Still Slow In Central Arkansas, Says Study

Central Arkansas is still struggling to recover from the great recession, but encouraging trends show possible future growth in some industries. That’s according to a recent report by Metroplan. It shows that in 2013, population growth outpaced job growth in the Little Rock metro area, pointing to a slow recovery. Furthermore, the study found that young adults in central Arkansas are increasingly opting to live in urban, densely populated locales.

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Local & Regional News
3:14 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Arkansas Food Bank Reports Record Year

Credit arkansasfoodbank.org

The Arkansas Food Bank is reporting that it distributed a record amount of food in 2013. The Food Bank’s warehouse tallied 20,915,960 pounds of food last year, about 4.5 millions pounds above 2012’s amount. Spokesman Tyler Lindsey said a group effort by all the Food Bank’s staff members led to a successful year in distributing products.

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Local & Regional News
2:45 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

New Arkansas Laws Taking Effect In 2014

Several new state laws passed by the Arkansas Legislature in 2013 went into effect Wednesday.

This New Year includes the introduction of some laws which provide tax breaks and phase in income and capital gains tax cuts . Act 1459 will gradually cut rates for all income tax brackets by one-tenth of one percent by 2015. It’s been estimated to reduce annual state revenue by $55 million by FY 2016.

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