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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Hewlett-Packard Facility in Conway
Michael Pirnique / Arkansas Business

There's more scrutiny now of Arkansas's economic incentives programs. Hewlett-Packard, which received $10 million from the Governor's Quick Action Closing Fund in 2008, announced earlier this year that it would be laying off employees at its Conway center. Those layoffs and others have led some to question the state incentives companies like HP must pay back when layoffs occur.

State officials have fired a top parole and probation administrator after a state investigation showed he violated key policies at the Department of Community Corrections.

The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette reports that Damian McNeal was fired Monday, according to an internal investigation account which says he “changed an incident report at least twice to reflect false information and submitted it as a complete and accurate report”. 

More documents related to ExxonMobil's Pegasus Pipeline are now public. Arkansas's Second District Congressman Tim Griffin released inspection reports on the pipeline obtained from the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Two of the documents date from 2010 and one was compiled just weeks before the pipeline break which spilled an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in Mayflower.

Inside C & H Hog Farms near Mount Judea
Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

A lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday claims two federal agencies failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act when they guaranteed loans to a Hog Farm near the Buffalo River.

A forensic metallurgical report of Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus Pipeline has been made public. The 243-page report by the Hurst Metallurgical Research Laboratory was commissioned by the oil company and details how manufacturing defects and other stresses during the pipeline’s service contributed to a 22-foot long rupture.

Entergy says it will be laying off about 800 workers in several states, including about 165 workers in Arkansas. Entergy currently employs about 3,000 workers in the state. Entergy Arkansas Spokeswoman Sally Graham says some of those layoffs will occur at their Arkansas Nuclear One plant in Russellville and all the local layoffs will be made by the end of the year. “It's mostly management.

Bat with White Nose Syndrome
Microbe World / flickr.com

The latest discovery of a fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome in bats has some Arkansas wildlife officials worried about the potential harm to local bat populations. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed Monday that a sample of the fungus was found in a cave at Devil's Den State Park in Washington County, but officials say no bats in the area have shown symptoms of the disease. It's the second instance of the fungus showing up in Arkansas after samples were found at a privately owned cave in Baxter County.

life expectancies CDC
cdc.gov

Findings from a newly released study show that Arkansas has some of the lowest life expectancy rates in the country and one of the largest disparities of life expectancy between white and black populations.

The report by the from the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention measured life expectancy after the age of 65. Man-Huei Chang, head of the CDC's Division of Epidemiology helped compile the data. She says the study also measured healthy life expectancy across the nation.

pryor.senate.gov

A recent report from Politico details how only a small number of congressional seats are considered up for grabs in the 2014 election. Among the political battlegrounds is Arkansas, home to Democratic Senator Mark Pryor. KUAR's Chris Hickey talks to Politico Reporter Alex Isenstadt about what the increased national scrutiny of Pryor's reelection bid means for Arkansas and the rest of the country.

ualr.edu

A new dean at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Bowen School of Law is settling into his job. Michael Hunter Schwartz was announced as the Law School’s dean this week.

Schwartz gained over 20 years of law teaching and administering experience at Western State University, Charleston School of Law and Washburn University.

He says he was first attracted to Bowen after conducting a workshop there 2 years ago. He has a few long-term plans for the school, including finding ways to reach those who find it hard to access legal services.

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