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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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.

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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.

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The construction of a new 2.1 million dollar Arkansas River Resource Center is heralding future economic development opportunities for the Port of Little Rock, according to city and federal officials. As KUAR’s Chris Hickey reports, the center’s presence is just one piece of a site that has become an economic engine for Central Arkansas.

As more vocal calls for Arkansas to invest in fiber-optic broadband networks for its K- 12 schools surface, Governor Mike Beebe is touting a new partnership on the subject in his weekly radio address. The Governor says the state Education Department, other state agencies and the national non-profit EducationSuperHighway are partnering to look at ways to cheaply and effectively bring the state up to meet national goals by the year 2018.

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Signature gatherers with the non-profit coalition Give Arkansas a Raise Now say they believe they have plenty of valid signatures to get their measure on the ballot this fall. The group seeks to raise the state minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour by 2017.

Last month, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office gave the group 30 days to collect 15,107 additional valid signatures to reach the requisite 62,507 by next Monday, August 18th. Steve Copley, chairman of the organization, says they’ve since collected nearly 60,000 additional signatures thus far.

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Two state senators are leading an effort to eventually abolish the office of Lieutenant Governor. Democratic Senator Keith Ingram of West Memphis and Republican Jimmy Hickey of Texarkana say the plan would save Arkansas taxpayers about 450,000 dollars a year.

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The Big Dam Bridge Foundation has exceeded its money-raising goal for the proposed construction of restrooms on the Little Rock side of the nation’s longest pedestrian and bicycling bridge. Mark Rogers, foundation chairman, says the 67,000 dollars raised thus far came both from individual donations and from the Big Dam Bridge 100, an annual bicycle race. He says many individuals have been willing to donate because the port-a-potties currently in place have developed a reputation for uncleanliness.

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Residents of the Wright Avenue neighborhood, just south of Central High School in Little Rock, are making efforts to revamp their community in the face of high crime rates and deteriorating buildings.

A new report by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that total consumer spending in Arkansas continues to lag behind much of the nation. The rate of growth in consumer spending, meanwhile, is keeping pace with the rest of the country, notes Michael Pakko, senior economic forecaster for the state of Arkansas.

He says the new state-by-state data gives a more localized picture of the economy over fifteen years (from 1997-2012), including the recovery from the most recent recession.

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