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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There are nearly a quarter million veterans living in Arkansas. Thousands of them possibly suffer from traumatic brain injury. 

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Mayor Mark Stodola said in his annual "State of the City" address that juvenile crime will be a continuing challenge for Little Rock.

City Administrators and community members heard from Stodola inside the foyer of the new 12th street police station. He pointed to the new confines as one symbolic achievement of the last year.

“It also represents making good on a commitment, a comitment to public safety, a comitment to place, a comitment to our midtown neighborhoods south of Interstate 630,” he said.

 

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School board and millage elections in Arkansas will likely remain separate from General Elections after a bill seeking to align the two failed to pass Wednesday out of the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs. Some of the State’s Election Commissioners and County Clerks were opposed to the measure. Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis spoke against the bill saying it would complicate the process of devising an easily understandable ballot:

Despite calls for Rep. Justin Harris (R-West Fork) to resign from office, Governor Asa Hutchinson says he doesn't know enough of the facts in the case to make a similar call.

The Governor was asked about Harris at a public bill signing event on Wednesday. The legislator has admitted he sent two of his adopted daughters to live in another home where one of the daughters was eventually raped. The situation was brought to light after a story was published last week in The Arkansas Times

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A bill that would have required the state, cities and counties to do more to curb light pollution failed to pass out of the House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Wednesday. The Nighttime Environment Protection Act was sponsored by Rep. Stephen Meeks (R-Greenbrier) who says the policy would save taxpayers' money as governments transition to more efficient lighting.

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Of the many immigrants thought to be in the United States illegaly, the Arkansas United Community Coalition estimates 60,000 of them are in Arkansas. Of those, they say half would likely benefit from President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration. The state is now one of 26 fighting the President in court, but the AUCC continues to ready immigrants in case the President’s orders take effect.

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Local officials are heralding the arrival of a new 300,000 square foot Fed-Ex Ground facility on the outskirts of Little Rock. Amid a few remaining horse pastures and cattle ranches, a now-barren field in the Mabelvale neighborhood, will, by August 2016, give rise to the new shipping hub behemoth.

This expansion includes “job opportunities for the great workforce in the area and continued growth for FedEx Ground, ” according to Don Davis, Managing Director of the company's Mississippi Valley region.

As the Arkansas legislature works to tackle criminal justice issues and jail overcrowding in light of Governor Asa Hutchinson's latest proposals, legislators are continuing to offer their own ideas to help solve the problem. One proposal by State Rep. Marshall Wright (D-Forrest City) would require the Parole Board to hold a preliminary hearing within 48 hours of the arrest of a parolee and a full revocation hearing within 10 days of the arrest.

Wright says HB1371 would free up space in county jails where parolees often spend a long time waiting to go before a judge.

A recent decision by a federal district judge in Texas to issue an injunction, blocking President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration has drawn praise from Arkansas’s chief legal officer and criticism from one of the state’s leading immigrants’ rights groups.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson's plan to lower taxes for the middle class is now law. The governor signed into law a bill, SB6, on Friday. It lowers personal income taxes by a rate of one percent for those making 21,000 to 75,000 dollars a year. In a public signing, Hutchinson said cutting taxes for the middle class was his priority, but he is also open to cutting taxes for both higher and lower income brackets.

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