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. He is the composer of KUAR's Week-In-Review Podcast theme music and the associate producer of Arts & Letters

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File photo. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R).
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are among those slated to speak at the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland. Hutchinson and Cotton revealed Wednesday they would be speaking.

wet/dry map of Arkansas

Proponents of legalizing alcohol sales in a handful of Arkansas counties are leading petition drives to put the wet/dry question on the November's ballot. The groups are also getting some financial assistance from the world's largest retailer.


Ballot Question Committees in six Arkansas counties and one city are trying to legalize alcohol sales this election cycle. Crawford, Independence, Johnson, Little River, Yell, and Randolph counties as well as the town of Farmington in Washington County have active drives.


KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

Arkansas, like the rest of the nation, had an emotional reaction to the police shootings of young black men this week, then five officers being killed by a gunman in Dallas. We feature comments from a rally at the state Capitol Friday and Gov. Asa Hutchinson offering his thoughts.

We also advance a trip by the governor and economic development officials to Europe to nurture the state's aerospace industry, have Hutchinson's thoughts on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and discuss proposals likely to go before voters in November which were submitted before a deadline Friday.

petition signatures signature gathering

The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office is expecting to have to verify tens of thousands more petition signatures for proposed constitutional amendments in the state. 

Friday is the deadline for campaigns to hand in petitions if they want their measures placed on the November ballot. Kerry Baldwin with the office says it’s sometimes a daunting task going through all the names and addresses to make sure the signers are registered voters.

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A group petitioning to allow casinos to operate in three Arkansas counties has enough signatures to meet Friday’s deadline for proposed constitutional amendments, according to a spokesman. 

Arkansas Wins in 2016 is one of several groups hoping to place proposals on the November ballot. The group’s initiative would allow casinos to operate in Washington, Boone and Miller counties.

Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s call for the Good Roads Foundation to devise a long-term state highway funding plan could result in a proposal by the 2017 session of the Arkansas Legislature, according to Craig Douglass, the non-profit's executive director. 

He says the advocacy group will be organizing stakeholders in the coming weeks to address funding for the state Highway and Transportation Department.

File photo of Tim Jacob (left), of the group Restore Term Limits in 2014.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Organizers of a proposal to limit the number of years Arkansas legislators can remain in office say they’ve failed to gather enough signatures to put the measure on the November general election ballot.

Tim Jacob, a spokesman for the group Restore Term Limits told KUAR on Friday, the campaign is about 20-25,000 signatures short of the 85,859 signature threshold needed to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot. The deadline to turn petitions into the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office is Friday, July 8.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted Friday to implement new regulations intended to slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk. 

The regulations set up a management zone for a ten-county region in north-central Arkansas where the feeding of deer and elk will be restricted. Hunters there will also be encouraged to kill more of the animals in order to reduce the population density and to submit samples for testing. Dead carcasses are not allowed to be transported outside the zone.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

On this week's podcast, the KUAR news team discusses:

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The non-profit Winrock International, which promotes economic development in impoverished areas around the globe, announced on Wednesday that it will take under its umbrella the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.