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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As a former civil rights attorney and now as a legal scholar and historian, Gloria Browne Marshall is no stranger to the restrictions American voters have faced in Southern states and elsewhere. Marshall is a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York and  she is the author of The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Struggle for Justice.

Marshall spoke Friday evening in Little Rock about the state of voting rights and voter suppression past and present. 

Cindy Gillespie DHS director
Talk Business & Politics

Arkansas’s Medicaid expansion population grew by by more than 9,000 people over the previous month to a total of 317,289 in August. Meanwhile Gov. Asa Hutchinson is asking for a comprehensive plan to address the cost of the state’s entire Medicaid program.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officials say they are making progress in controlling feral hogs, which do an estimated $19 million  damage annually to row crops in the state. Officials told a legislative subcommittee Thursday that the state game officers' practice of increasing trapping since 2014 has led to a 250 percent increase in the number of recorded feral pigs being captured and killed.

Game and Fish Director Jeff Crow said controlling the population of feral pigs has important ramifications.

A view of the Jefferson County Courthouse in Pine Bluff from inside the historic, but crumbling Hotel Pines.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A Pine Bluff alderman whose proposed ordinance to require city department heads to live within city limits says he may wait to next year to bring the issue back after it’s expected to get a mayoral veto Thursday. The ordinance, sponsored by Ward 4 Alderman Steven Mays, passed 5-3 this week. Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth has promised to veto it.

Mays says he believes the ordinance is a step toward creating a positive attitude among leaders in a place that’s faced a declining population in recent years.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

Leading KUAR's Week-In-Review Podcast is the debate heating up over medical marijuana in Arkansas, with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and medical professionals voicing their opposition, advocates responding, and court filings challenging the items that the Secretary of State's office has approved for the November election ballot.

In Arkansas

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department announced on Friday the recipients of more than $17.8 million devoted to improving biking and walking infrastructure around the state. Funds from the Transportation Improvement Program (TAP) and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) are available every year from the federal government and administered by the state agency. Eighty-six projects around the state were awarded funds ranging from $23,000 to $500,000.

Bruce Westerman
c-span.org

Republican U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman’s bill to revamp the management of federal forests is moving its way through Congress. The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 passed the House last year 262-167, largely along partisan lines, and this week was approved by the U.S. Senate Agriculture committee.

Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner speaking to the Political Animals Club
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Little Rock’s Chief of Police gave a wide-ranging speech Wednesday that touched on community policing, crime, department policies, and his opposition to medical marijuana ballot proposals. 

Chief Kenton Buckner addressed members of the Political Animals Club at the Pleasant Valley Country Club.

littlerock.com

Pulaski County and other local government officials will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Big Dam Bridge Thursday. Construction on the bridge was completed in 2006 at a cost of $12.8 million. At more than 4,200 feet in length, it spans the Murray Lock and Dam 90 feet above the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock. Officials say it’s the longest exclusively pedestrian and cycling bridge in North America.

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde says it has helped connect a network of trails, namely the Arkansas River Trail.

UALR Chancellor Andrew Rogerson
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

 

Dr. Andrew Rogerson has not quite completed a full week as the 10th chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Taking over from longtime Chancellor Joel Anderson, who retired this year, Rogerson comes to UALR from Sonoma State University in California, where he served as provost.

 

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