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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City of Little Rock

The city of Little Rock is inviting citizens to attend a series of three public meetings on its proposed 2017 budget.

Little Rock is budgeting about $204.5 million for 2017. That represents about a 2.3 percent increase over the current year’s amended budget. The increase is possible because the city plans to use $4.7 million from its unrestricted reserve funds, or carry-over money from previous years. Little Rock needs to tap its unrestricted reserves because sales tax revenue has fallen short of projections, says Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore.

-Donald Trump prepares for the White House and Asa Hutchinson prepares for Donald Trump.

-The answers are in on pollution along the Buffalo National River…but experts are still wading through the muck.

-The legislative session is a month away, but bills are already tricking down

-71,000 bulbs and a pigskin... the weekend in leisure

Arkansas’s net revenue came in slightly above forecast for the month of November, and exceeded net figures from the same period last year. But gross collections for the month were down.

The state Department of Finance and Administration said Friday that five months into fiscal year 2017, net revenue has totaled $2.15 billion, which is 1.7 percent above year ago levels but 0.5 percent below the agency’s forecast. The agency reported that gross revenues for the fiscal year came to about $2.5 billion, 0.9 percent above year ago levels but 0.8 percent below forecast.

A consultant hired by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality presented findings at the agency’s headquarters Thursday of subsurface tests made at a controversial swine farm near the Buffalo National River. ADEQ and environmental advocates are still mulling over the study’s details.

A Conway elementary school librarian is a recipient of the 2016 “I Love My Librarian” Award. The American Library Association says Jamille Rogers of Marguerite Vann Elementary School in Conway is one of ten national winners of the annual public service award.

All of Arkansas’s metropolitan areas saw unemployment rate declines in October, compared to both the same period last year and to the previous month. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data Wednesday showing the state’s unemployment rate was a non-seasonally adjusted 3.4 percent, down from 3.9 percent in the previous month and down from 4.3 percent during the same period last year.

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

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange are leading a legal challenge of new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Arkansas dropped in 2016. That’s according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The state's homeless population dropped 3.8 percent since last year and 10.8 percent since 2010, according to the report. HUD estimated that 2,463 people in the state are homeless in 2016.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Arkansas’s Junior U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton were both spotted entering the Trump Tower elevator in New York Friday.

The Arkansas Supreme Court in 2015.
Arkansas Supreme Court

Should the seven justices on the Arkansas Supreme Court be elected? That’s been a central question of the Arkansas Bar Association’s 81-member House of Delegates for much of this year. The group, made of lawyers from around the state, will meet in December to decide on approving a proposed constitutional amendment drafted by a Bar Association task force that would create an appointment system for the justices.