Chris Hickey

Anchor & Reporter

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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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.
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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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Local & Regional News
1:26 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Congressional Action May Affect Navigable Rivers In Arkansas

A barge maneuvers through the Murray Lock and Dam on the Arkansas River.
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A bipartisan piece of legislation now moving through Congress addresses the nation’s navigable waterways and could have a significant effect on Arkansas. Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, a bill similar to one passed by the Senate in March.

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Local & Regional News
1:45 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Prescription Drug Take Back Planned For This Weekend

Arkansas's Drug Czar, the state Attorney General and others are partnering with law enforcement agencies around the state for a Prescription Drug Take Back Event Saturday, taking place at 150 locations. The event is an effort to curb prescription drug abuse in the state, says Fran Flener, State Drug Director.

Flener says in 2008, Arkansas was ranked number one in the nation in prescription sedative abuse among teenagers, according to Office of National Drug Control Policy. That ranking prodded her office to earnestly analyze the problem of prescription drug abuse in the state.

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Local & Regional News
7:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Arkansas School Bus Driver Honored For Heroism After Hijacking

School and City Officials honor School Bus Driver Sheila Hart, parent Karlena Lipari and Law Enforcement officers for bringing last Thursday's bus hijackings to a peaceful end.
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Officials with the Pulaski County Special School District gathered Wednesday afternoon to honor the school bus driver who “did everything right” after her bus was hijacked by a knife-wielding man in Jacksonville late last Thursday.

District Superintendent Jerry Guess, the Mayor of Jacksonville Gary Fletcher, law enforcement officers and parents were on hand to praise the efforts of 51-year old Sheila Hart, who says she first thought the hijacker, 22-year old Nicholas John Miller, was a parent when he first approached her bus.

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Local & Regional News
5:31 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Clear Most Hurdles of Special Session

Members of the Arkansas Legislature are on the verge of wrapping up a special session to avoid rising insurance premiums for public school employees.  Lawmakers are to return at 12:01 am Saturday to give a final approval to a number of bills. Arkansas Law forbids the House and Senate from voting on identical bills on the same day.

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Local & Regional News
6:04 am
Fri October 18, 2013

On Opening Day Of Special Session, A Race To The Finish

House Chamber of Arkansas General Assembly
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Arkansas lawmakers gathered at the Capitol Thursday to convene for a special legislative session addressing insurance premium hikes for public school employees. KUAR’s Chris Hickey was there for the opening and has this report.

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Local & Regional News
5:05 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Beebe: "It's Washington That Has Caused This Mess"

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe says he expects the number of state employees furloughed because of the federal government shutdown to rise to more than 1,400 next week. Speaking to reporters Friday, Beebe vented frustration with Congress over the shutdown that so far has idled hundreds of state employees.

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Big Data In Arkansas
4:41 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Technology Company Establishes Center In Little Rock

CEO Ron Ford, flanked by Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola (left) and Governor Mike Beebe (right), talks about his company, nGage Labs.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A technology company that analyzes consumers’ personal data to help create specifically targeted mobile advertisements will be opening a center in Little Rock.  nGage Labs plans to hire 35 skilled workers at an average salary of $100,000 for its new site in the Rivermarket.

Ron Ford, CEO of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company, told reporters at the Capitol Friday about his enthusiasm for the new expansion, an ‘Analytics Innovation Center’.

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Local & Regional News
7:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Rally To Be Held In Little Rock Calling For Immigration Reform

Arkansas Capitol

Though talk of immigration reform has died down amidst recent political squabbles over the federal government shutdown and other issues, immigrant activists continue to push the issue both nationally and locally.

Saturday a number of community organizations, labor unions and faith organizations, plan to rally at the state capitol to protest deportations and support comprehensive legislation that would overhaul the country’s immigration system.

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