Jacob Kauffman

Reporter / Anchor

Jacob Kauffman is a reporter for KUAR. During the legislative session, he wrote the online column Capitol Access. He has worked with the Arkansas Legislative Digest and is currently on the board of the MacArthur Military History Museum. 

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Local & Regional News
1:59 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Sandy Hook And Shooting Simulators Factor In School Safety Conference

Active Shooter Simulator
Credit KUAR

The 10th annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference is underway in North Little Rock presenting law enforcement and education officials with information to improve safety.

The conference had a few hands-on tools including a firearms training system allowing participants to virtually go through a school shooting as a police officer. Charles Ellis with Camden’s Law Enforcement Training Academy walked officers through the training.

He says some educators are also taking interest.

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Local & Regional News
12:54 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Christie and Romney Visiting Arkansas: How Much Of It Is For Hutchinson?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
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Asa Hutchinson’s gubernatorial bid is getting the support of some national Republican figures. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – who is the subject of speculation over a possible 2016 Presidential bid – and 2012’s GOP nominee Mitt Romney are visiting the state to host fundraisers next month.

Political scientist Hal Bass of Ouachita Baptist University says their visits might be more about helping their own political ambitions than Hutchinson’s.

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Local & Regional News
4:00 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Media Blitz For Access To State Broadband Network Ends

Arkansas Education Association Director of Pubic Affairs Corey Biggs
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Advocates of increasing technology use in education are continuing to push for opening up the state’s broadband network to K-12 public schools.

The Arkansas Research Education Optical Network, or ARE-ON, is a network for universities and research institutions that has superior bandwidth capacity compared to commercial internet. Advocates argue it would provide cheaper service too, particularly to rural school districts. 42 states have similar public networks but a 2011 law made Arkansas the only state prohibiting public school access.

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Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Arkansas Lottery Pursues Tweaks To Auditing

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Arkansas Lottery Commission is pursuing some adjustments to its auditing process in an effort to retain some revenue. Numbers released Tuesday show the lottery’s revenue dropping for a second consecutive year resulting in nearly $9 million dollars less in scholarship funds.

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Local & Regional News
12:26 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

David Pryor Stumping For His Son In North Little Rock

David Pryor (right) watches Patrick Hays (left) address supporters in a North Little Rock coffee shop.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A familiar face in Arkansas politics – former Governor and Senator David Pryor – is out on the campaign trail in support of his son Senator Mark Pryor’s reelection bid against Republican Tom Cotton.

At a campaign event in a North Little Rock coffee shop Tuesday morning the elder Pryor argued the influence of special interest money is unparalleled compared to when he held office.

“We’d never heard of some of these very, very influential wealthy, wealthy interest groups that try to implant their own philosophy in legislation. They did not exist at that time,” said Pryor.

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Local & Regional News
2:22 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Alternative Diploma Geared Toward Trades Aims To Do More Than GED

Arkansas State Capitol
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

El Dorado school officials are making the case for a pilot program offering alternative high school diploma options. District officials presented their plan for individualized, trade-focused diploma options to a joint meeting of the Education Committees Monday.

El Dorado Superintendent Jim Tucker said an alternative to the GED – that keeps kids in school – is needed.

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Local & Regional News
3:51 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

All Four Gubernatorial Candidates Debate in Hot Springs

In a rare example of inclusivity all four of the candidates for governor debated together Friday. Libertarian Frank Gilbert, Green Party candidate Joshua Drake, Democrat Mike Ross, and Republican Asa Hutchinson all participated in a debate hosted by the Arkansas Press Association in Hot Springs.

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Local & Regional News
5:59 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Beebe and Local Officials Point to Progress of Tornado Recovery, Need For Federal Aid

Destroyed House With Pinnacle Mountain In Background
Jacob Kauffman KUAR

One neighborhood to the south of Mayflower is nearing the end of a clean-up phase after being struck by April’s tornados. Governor Mike Beebe and local leaders were on hand Thursday to tour the area. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports on the recovery effort and its politics.

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Local & Regional News
7:11 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Legislature Looks at Implementing PT School Employee Reform, Marketplace Update

Executive Director of the Health Insurance Marketplace Cheryl Smith
Credit KUAR

State officials are working to implement changes to health insurance for public school employees enacted in last week’s special legislative session. At a joint meeting of the Insurance and Commerce committees Tuesday Republican Representative John Burris asked about the fate of part-time workers being removed from the health plan for school employees.

The director of the Employee Benefits Division, Bob Alexander, said the state has directed districts to help part-timers find state and federally funded navigators.

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Local & Regional News
7:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Baptist Health Breaks Ground For Conway's Second Hospital

Baptist CEO Troy Wells and Governor Mike Beebe among others breaking ground in Conway.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Baptist Health ceremonially broke ground Monday on Conway’s second hospital. Faulkner County leaders and Governor Mike Beebe joined company officials in plowing gold painted shovels into piles of soil on the 37-acre site along Interstate 40.

Baptist CEO Troy Wells says the $130 million, 96-bed hospital will help serve a growing population with a variety of needs.

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