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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KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast
Michael Hibblen

Machinations over widening I-30 are met with public scrutiny as highway officials make their case in Little Rock.

Candidates officially throw in their hats for 2016. A new poll and a closed door discussion have put some heat on an otherwise thought safe seat. Attitudes in 2015 assessed by the Arkansas Poll.

Six migrant farm workers are killed in an interstate bus crash outside of North Little Rock. Federal officials are on the scene.

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AHTD

The Little Rock Board of Directors is to hear from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Tuesday evening on the Department’s plans for a proposed $600 million expansion of Interstate 30 through the city. 

The project has attracted criticism in recent weeks for what opponents say will hurt development in the city’s downtown. Ward three city director Kathy Webb plans to eventually introduce a resolution opposing the plan.

Central High School
nps.gov

A new mobile app providing users with a tour of Little Rock’s civil rights history is launching Monday. The city of Little Rock partnered with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity to develop the app. It features information on 35 stops with stories of people and places important to Arkansas’s civil rights history. 

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast
Michael Hibblen

Listen Here to KUAR's Week In Review Podcast.   

Topics on this week's program:

* The Little Rock City Board of Directors considers whether to oppose I-30 expansion.

*Politicians promise statewide broadband access will be 2017 legislative focus.

*The Arkansas Supreme Court throws out a suit against the LRSD takeover.

*The state launches a new health insurance marketplace.

state board of education little rock school district takeover
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the state's takeover of the Little Rock School District.

In an unanimous decision, the court ruled that the Arkansas Department of Education did have sovereign immunity, or the right to remain free of a  lawsuit, in its takeover of the District. A lawsuit filed by three former Little Rock School board members and one area voter claimed the state treated the district as an exception and the state had no plan in place to benefit the district, placing its actions outside the law.

 

http://www.arkfireinfo.org/

 After several days of rain in Arkansas, all county-wide burn bans have been lifted. Little River County, in the southwest corner of the state, and Crittenden County in the northeast were the last of Arkansas's counties to lift their burn bans, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission's social media posts.

 

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast
Michael Hibblen

On KUAR's Week-In-Review Podcast:

  • Questions for former Arkansas Senate President Michael Lamoureux over consulting fees. We’ll talk with Associated Press reporter Claudia Lauer who has been digging into this.
  • Arkansas’s high court weighs in about whether executions should proceed while a case is pending.
  • Concerns are growing louder about what an expansion of Interstate 30 would be mean to Little Rock.
  • Changes to Medicaid are being considered by state lawmakers.
  • And a new parks and tourism director was announced.

A local collective of urban planners is raising objections to the planned widening of a section of  Interstate 30, running through Little Rock

I-30 interstate 30 construction
AHTD

A nearly half-billion dollar highway construction project to widen a section of Interstate 30 running through Little Rock and North Little Rock is the focus of a public meeting scheduled for Thursday night in North Little Rock. KUAR's Chris Hickey recently spoke with State Representative Warwick Sabin of Little Rock who raises objections about what the project might do to the social and economic climate of the city.

 

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast
Michael Hibblen

Topping KUAR's Week-In-Review podcast is the legal drama playing out over the state's efforts to resume lethal injections in Arkansas. It's now up to the state Supreme Court to decide whether to weigh in.

The news staff also discusses the lawsuit filed by the Libertarian Party over the state's candidate filing deadline, the search for a new head of the Department of Human Services, an effort to fight obesity and education officials backtracking on statements made about standardized testing.

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