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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Most Arkansas voters chose Republican candidates for office Tuesday, with large sections of the state going red, some for the first time. But did that trend carry with minority voters in the state? KUAR's Chris Hickey has a look at what Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson's campaign tried to do attract minorities to his party and whether or not it was effective.

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The three candidates for Arkansas's next lieutenant Governor debated the role's influence on state economic policies Thursday, while also asserting views on how the office should be managed.

A petition to remove a measure legalizing alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties from the November ballot was unanimously denied Thursday by the State Supreme Court.

Arkansas can expect more job growth in the service and construction sectors over the next two years, according to a state economic forecaster. Manufacturing jobs, meanwhile, may not fully recover from the losses experienced in the most recent economic recession.

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Reentering society after a prison sentence can be a difficult task. That's because former prisoners can come up against barriers. While Arkansas corrections officials try to find ways to ease those barriers, obstacles might still come in the search for housing or employment, or getting mental health and addiction treatment.

43-year old Nyle Daniels of Little Rock was raised by a single mother, but, he says she was often absent, so at an early age he started drinking, using drugs and got involved with gangs.

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Before 28-year old Timothy King was convicted of second degree murder in 2009, he says he spent the majority of his time running with the wrong people.

“There was a night at this one party where a guy was cutting himself and trying to throw blood on people and I asked him to leave and he wasn’t happy about it. And from that point on, the next few nights he was openly threatening people and my wife at the time.”

King says the threats escalated, leading him and a friend to send a violent message.

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.