Chris Hickey

Reporter / Anchor

Chris Hickey was born and raised in Houston, Texas, spending his teenage years in Camden, Ohio. After a hang gliding accident permanently ruined his dreams of becoming a Division I college basketball champion, he decided to pursue a liberal arts degree at Hendrix College, 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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Local & Regional News
5:36 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Owner of Arkansas Water Bottling Company Indicted

John Stacks, owner of Pure Mountain Water LLC.
Credit Arkansas Business

A Federal Grand Jury has indicted the owner of a Little Rock-based bottled water company on eleven counts, including wire fraud, money laundering and making a false statement. U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Christopher Thyer made the announcement.

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Local & Regional News
6:20 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

North Little Rock 'Innovation Hub' Gets $250K Grant

A new facility in North Little Rock whose goal is to provide technological and educational resources for entrepreneurs in Central Arkansas has been awarded a grant by the Delta Regional Authority.

The grant of 251,105 dollars will go towards developing facilities and help the Arkansas Regional Innovation hub become fully operational by next year, says Warwick Sabin, the executive director. He says the hub will include spaces for people to work on their business ideas as well as classrooms where people can learn things like computer programming

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Local & Regional News
6:37 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Arkansas Medicaid Inspector General Launches Website

After the Arkansas Legislature passed a law earlier this year creating a new office of the Medicaid Inspector General, the agency has been setting up it independent operations and has recently created

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Local & Regional News
5:07 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

National Adoption Day Celebrated, 13 Arkansas Kids Get New Families

Children and families send off 690 balloons representing the 690 children who the Department of Human Services says have been adopted so far in fiscal year 2013
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

As part of efforts to commemorate National Adoption Day, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Pulaski County Court held a celebration in honor of the 13 children and their newly adoptive families.

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Public Education
7:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Little Rock School District Presents Plans For 'High Ability' Academy

Officials from the Little Rock School District presented plans for a new '"High Ability" Academy at Geyer Springs Elementary School on Tuesday.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

This week the Little Rock School District has been presenting plans for “High Ability" and a "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy for middle and elementary students.

The plans would revamp the Geyer Springs Elementary and Forrest Heights Middle schools and allow gifted students from throughout the district to apply. Though plans have not yet been finalized, district officials have been answering questions from teachers and parents whose children may be affected by the changes.

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Central Arkansas Schools
6:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Desegregation Agreement Reached, Joshua Intervenors On Board

From left: Little Rock School Board Members Tara Shephard, Jody Carreiro, Norma Jean Johnson, Greg Adams and C.E. McAdoo discuss the agenda before the start of the meeting
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Three Pulaski County School Districts, the state of Arkansas, a group called the Knight Intervenors and a group representing black families have agreed to settle a decades-long lawsuit.

The settlement would have the state send about 65 million dollars a year to the three districts for four more years among other provisions. The fate of the deal hinged on a Little Rock School Board meeting on Monday.

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Traveling In The Natural State
5:14 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Online Maps To Help Arkansas Drivers Avoid Congested Roads

Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Departmen

Arkansas drivers may find it easier to navigate around congested roadways as the state Highway and Transportation Department implements a new online map Idrivearkansas.com, providing motorists with real-time traffic updates. Spokesman Danny Straessle says the new program will be much needed in the future.

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Local & Regional News
6:35 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Deal To End Desegregation Payments Nearly Complete Despite Reservations

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel testifies before the Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday heard details of the agreement reached between the state and central Arkansas school districts to end desegregation payments and approved the terms of the proposed settlement.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel spoke to lawmakers, calling it a “historic milestone,” and praising efforts by the legal counsels of all school districts involved.

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TSA Implements Pre-Check At Little Rock Airport
6:23 am
Thu November 7, 2013

New Security Program Means Shorter Wait For Air Travelers

An air traveler arrives at a security checkpoint at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Transportation Security Administration and the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport are implementing a new screening process the two entities say will speed up the overall wait time for passengers. In a news conference Wednesday, officials with the TSA and the Little Rock Airport gave reporters a look at how the expedited process works for travelers who have already signed up.

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Local & Regional News
1:07 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

State Revenues Above Forecast In October

State finance officials attribute higher revenues to increases in individual and corporate income tax collections.
Credit flickr.com

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration released a report Monday showing the state continues to exceed revenue expectations for this fiscal year. The state collected 372.8 million dollars in net available revenue in the month of October, outpacing expected collections by about 8 million dollars. So far the state has collected 37.8 million dollars above forecast for the entire fiscal year which began July 1.

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