Colleen Mayo

Reporter / Anchor

Colleen Mayo is a reporter and the local host during Weekend Edition Sunday. She joined KUAR as a community intern in March 2014. Prior to that, she spent two years teaching English in South Korea.

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Local & Regional News
3:32 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Coalition Looks Towards Long-Term Tornado Relief

Victims of the tornado in Vilonia wait for President Obama to come by on May 7, 2014.
Credit Tamara Keith / NPR News

Three months after a tornado ripped through parts of central Arkansas, a coalition is looking towards long-term recovery. For those in Vilonia and Mayflower, that means getting life back to normal. But the degree of destruction has made even having places to coordinate recovery a challenge.

Nathan Kilbourne is pastor at Vilonia Methodist Church, which was destroyed.  

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Local & Regional News
12:48 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Study Suggests Support For Creating Conway-Little Rock Express Bus Service

Initial planning has begun to consider providing express bus service between Conway, Little Rock and North Little Rock.

The urban planning organization Metroplan recently conducted a study to determine the feasibility of providing the public transit service.

Study Director Casey Covington says community feedback shows there would be support for the idea, but there are initial, monetary challenges.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

UAMS Names Clinic After Delta Dental

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has announced their oral health clinic plans to begin hosting dental residents. UAMS unveiled a new name for the clinic, now to be called the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Oral Health Care. Dr. William Slagle is Director at UAMS’ Center for Dental Education. He says the clinic’s new name honors a charitable pledge.

“We’re really recognizing Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation for their 2 million-dollar gift for renovation and equipment in our center for dental education,” he says.   

Local & Regional News
3:06 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Monday Marks Signature Turn-In Deadline For November Election

Credit Arkansas Times

Ballot measures raising the minimum wage and seeking to allow alcohol sales statewide met signature requirements by Monday’s deadline to be on the November general election ballot. Give Arkansas a Raise Now wants to incrementally raise the minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour. Chair Steve Copley says success now depends on turnout in November.

“The polls have shown 78% of Arkansas support us…so we think when it’s on the ballot, it will pass,” Copley says.

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Local & Regional News
12:47 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Site Work Begins For Little Rock Outlet Mall

Site work is underway for The Outlets at Little Rock, a mall set to open next summer.

Executives with real estate company New England Development toured the 30-acre site Tuesday.

Company Vice President Michael Barelli said he anticipates construction to start this August. It will be managed by local firm CDI Contractors.

Barelli said to expect a 325,000 square feet open-air outlet and 75 storefronts.

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Local & Regional News
2:53 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Attorney General Files Suit Against Chiropractic 'Runners'

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Attorney General is announcing he’s filed a lawsuit regarding schemes over chiropractic services following automobile accidents. The suit is against central Arkansas businessman, Roger D. Pleasant, who is accused of hounding customers to specific chiropractic clinics. McDaniel says Pleasant and his employees received monetary “kickbacks” from the clinics in exchange. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel explains these people are called ‘chiropractic runners:’

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Local & Regional News
6:22 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Arkansas Ranks In Bottom Quartile Of AARP Scorecard

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Arkansas earned an overall ranking of 40th in a new study released by AARP ranking long-term services and support for older people. The state 

scored in the bottom quarter of states for each category of the five categories assessed. AARP associate state director for Arkansas, Herb Sanderson, says Arkansas needs to act now for the future.

“We’re on the front end of the aging baby boomers and our state’s aging population is going to increase by 40% by 2030. The current system is unsustainable,” he says.  

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Local & Regional News
3:58 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

National Concerns Of Pollinator Decline, But Not In Arkansas

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Forestry officials in Arkansas this week are calling attention to the role of a vulnerable part of the ecosystem—pollinators. Park Planner Steve Duzan said three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators and they have a big impact on Arkansas agriculture. This makes pollinators like bees, butterflies and a host of other species an important part of the economy.

Hendrix College biologist Matt Moran said while pollinators face 35 percent population declines nationally, Arkansas has fared better than most states because of a large amount of forested land.

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Local & Regional News
4:09 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

UA's Online-Only University's First Employees Start Work

Map of UA System Locations
Credit uasys.edu

The University of Arkansas System is pushing forward with plans to create an online-only university with three employees beginning work this week.

Their salaries come out of a $2 million General Improvement Funds dispersal from Governor Mike Beebe. The System’s Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Moore said they’re seeking to raise an additional $7 to $9 million from private sources and grants for start-up costs. But he  said there is no intent to seek additional funding under the state formula.

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Criminal Justice
3:07 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Pulaski County Jail Reopens After Being Closed For Overcrowding

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The Pulaski County Jail reopened Monday morning more than six weeks after being shut down due to overcrowding. Monday’s population was reported to be 1,126, which is less than 100 beds below the funded capacity.

Lieutenant Carl Minden said inmates who belong at state facilities being housed at county jail has been a recurring problem and an issue Pulaski County Jail has been grappling with for several decades. Minden added it is a relief to have the space now, but it is unclear how long the facility can go before the numbers are too high again.

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