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
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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Arkansas Climate
1:11 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Annual Weather Report Shows 2013 Was A Cool Year for Arkansas

Debris from April storms caused widespread damage to buildings in Izard county last year.
Credit Associated Press

The year of 2013 was marked by cooler temperatures and normal amounts of  severe weather in Arkansas. That’s according to an annual report released by the National Weather Service. Although late snowfalls in the northwest, deadly flash flooding in the west, drought in the southeast and 34 tornadoes did enter the picture, Meteorologist John Lewis of the NWS says last year was relatively mild.

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Local & Regional News
11:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Arkansas Governor Asks Lt. Gov. Darr To Quit Over Ethics Case

Gov. Mike Beebe speaking to reporters Tuesday at the Capitol, calling for Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's resignation for ethics violations.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Gov. Mike Beebe is calling on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign from office, after Darr admitted to misusing thousands of campaign and taxpayer dollars.

The state Ethics Commission found that Darr likely violated ethics rules by using the money for personal expenditures, while also collecting campaign contributions that exceed legal limits. In all, Darr has admitted to 11 violations, though he refuses to resign.

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Local & Regional News
7:30 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Arkansas Voter ID Law Goes Into Effect In January

Starting this New Year, Arkansan voters will be required to present photo identification at their polling places in order to cast a ballot. The Arkansas Legislature passed the photo id law earlier this year, following a trend set by other state houses around the country. Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane says some voters will need id as early the second week of January, when some elections are set to take place.

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Public Health
6:46 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Flu On The Rise In Arkansas

Credit Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

Cases of Influenza are widespread this year in Arkansas. Health officials say the virus has been spreading rapidly throughout the southeast.

Kerry Krell of the Arkansas Department of Health says the most prevalent strain this year is H1N1, which is known to affect young, healthy people more often than other strains. She says this season’s flu outbreak has shown a pattern of severity that should lead people to take precautions as it has already led to some fatalities in the state.

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Local & Regional News
3:31 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Church Leaders Give Christmas Help To Gun Victims, Preach Stronger Laws

A group called “Arkansan Pastors for Gun Sense” is partnering with law enforcement agencies around the state to reach out to families of victims of gun violence by delivering toys and Christmas hams  Saturday. In addition to supporting victims, the group has been pushing for legislation to strengthen background checks and other gun trafficking laws.

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Local & Regional News
12:57 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

HP To Hire 200 More Workers For Arkansas Facility

Governor Mike Beebe listens, as Conway Mayor Tab Townsell speaks during Wednesday's announcement.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

Hewlett-Packard says it will be adding around 200 highly skilled jobs to its facility in Conway. Governor Mike Beebe, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell and HP executive John Herzog joined state economic development officials in making the announcement at the state capitol. The 200 highly skilled tech jobs—said to consist of engineers, software developers, data analysts and the like—would be a part of HP’s growing healthcare information business. Beebe said Conway is a perfect fit for these positions because of its young, educated demographic and its centers of higher education.

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Public Health
6:04 am
Thu December 12, 2013

As Arkansas Remains Highly Obese, State Health Officials Consider New Solutions

Credit Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

For the past decade, Arkansas health officials have taken significant steps to curb obesity in the state. But Arkansas still ranks third nationally in the percentage of obese adults, at nearly 35 percent of its total population last year. On Thursday and Friday, more than 60 public health experts and officials from around the state will convene at Petit Jean Mountain for a summit to assess ideas for dealing with the epidemic over the next ten years.  KUAR’s Chris Hickey spoke with two officials about previous policy efforts and what Arkansas can do about obesity in the future.

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Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Sherwood Disputes Section of Pulaski County Desegregation Agreement

Sherwood Mayor Virginia Hillman, accompanied by members of the Sherwood Education Foundation, speaks about the city's desire to create its own school district.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The community of Sherwood is unhappy with a section of the proposed Pulaski County Desegregation Settlement involving three school districts and the state of Arkansas. Members of the Sherwood Education Foundation spoke Wednesday at the Bill Harman Recreation Center of how the proposed settlement would prevent their city from easily carving its own school district out of the Pulaski County Special School District.

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