Chris Hickey

Reporter / Anchor

Chris Hickey was born and raised in Houston, Texas, spending his teenage years in Camden, Ohio. He graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, 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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During a forum on energy policy hosted by RealClearPolitcs at the Clinton Presidential Center Thursday, U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton addressed a recent Environmental Protection Agency rule that calls for the nation to reduce its power plant carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. 

Cotton said the rule would severely limit the production of coal power plants in Arkansas, which gets about half of its energy from coal.

As part of a national celebration, the Arkansas Literary Festival and the Central Arkansas Library System will be hosting an event Thursday night for banned books week (Sept. 21-27). Started in 1982 by the American Library Association, Banned Books Week calls attention to the most challenged books in libraries, bookstores and schools across the country.

At number eight on the ALA’s 2013 list of most challenged and banned books is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, which will also be the focus of Central Arkansas’s celebration.

After Jacksonville voters decided Tuesday to separate from the Pulaski County School district to create their own, a candidate in Maumelle wants to do the same. Mayoral candidate Preston Lewis says about 58 percent of the city’s children attend public schools and says that number would be higher if Maumelle had its own school board.

Beginning this weekend, Arkansans will have the opportunity to beautify their state during the annual Great Arkansas Cleanup, which will last until the end of October. Volunteers will be mobilizing with the help of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, part of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department. Liz Philpott is the lead coordinator of volunteers for the commission. She says helpers like to pick specific recreation areas to clean up.

Protesters in the Street
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As part of a nationwide strike, about 50 to 100 protestors gathered outside a McDonalds in downtown Little Rock Thursday, demanding higher pay for fast-food workers. Little Rock Police say 11 of the protesters, who blocked off a portion of Broadway Street, were arrested for disorderly conduct after refusing to move back onto the sidewalk. 36-year old Twanna Scales is a divorced mother of three and works at the McDonalds on Broadway. She said the tactic of blocking traffic is meant to get people talking.

After lower-than-expected revenue numbers for the first month of the fiscal year, the state of Arkansas’s tax collections have picked up steam with the release of the latest monthly revenue report. The Department of Finance and Administration says that in August, the state collected $457 million dollars in gross general revenue and about $398.3 million in net available revenue. Both numbers come in above last year’s amounts and above this year’s forecast.

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s draft of a rule to cut the nation’s power plant emissions by a rate of 30 percent by 2030 has the state’s utilities, business leaders and environmental groups at odds. Thursday, those stakeholders presented their differing views on how Arkansas fits into the national goal of lowering emissions.

Teresa Marks, director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, welcomed the various stakeholders for a meeting focusing on the economic impacts of the drafted rule.

Lake Maumelle
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This week the Pulaski County Quorum Court voted unanimously to adopt amendments to a zoning ordinance for the Lake Maumelle Watershed, but challenges still remain for those affected by the ordinance.

As Republican 2nd District Congressman Tim Griffin prepares to conclude his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he says he will continue to advocate for the state to join a lawsuit with other states challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft of new carbon emission standards. The proposed standards would require Arkansas to reduce its carbon emissions by 44 percent by the year 2030.

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is launching the Arkansas Vietnam War Project, with the hopes of documenting the stories of people who were in the war, or knew someone who was. The Center hopes to record oral histories as well as collect letters, photographs and diary entries from willing participants.

Brian Robertson is manager of the Research Services Division at the Butler Center and is leading the project. He says at the time of U.S. involvement, Arkansans largely supported the war effort.