Jacob Kauffman

Reporter / Anchor

Jacob Kauffman is a reporter and anchor for KUAR. He primarily covers the state legislature and politics beat while juggling anchoring All Things Considered Monday through Friday afternoons. 

Jacob is a long-time Little Rock resident who started out working with Hendrix College's KHDX and the Arkansas Legislative Digest. His work (or portions of it) has appeared on NPR, our other wonderful public radio stations across Arkansas, PBS News Hour, TalkBusiness.net, Arkansas Money & Politics Magazine, ArkansasBlog.com, and the Nashville News.

He regularly appears on Arkansas Educational Television Network's (AETN) weekly roundtable politics program Arkansas Week. Jacob also serves on the board of the MacArthur Military History Museum. If you see him you should ask him about the experience of German-Arkansans during World War I.

Phone: 501-683-7393

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A challenge to a federal court ruling enjoining over $3 million in federal loan guarantees to a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in the Buffalo National River Watershed has been dropped. The US Department of Justice withdrew its challenge to US Eastern District Judge D. Price Marshall's ruling on Friday.

Dane Schumacher with the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance said it’s a positive step for those opposing the swine farm.

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A 180-day moratorium on new concentrated animal feeding operations – or CAFOs – in the Buffalo River Watershed is now in effect, for the third time.

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is making a stop in Arkansas Thursday evening to headline a ticketed-event in Little Rock honoring the Pryor family. The visit comes on the heels of Hillary Clinton’s entrance into the 2016 presidential race.

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The regular session of the 90th General Assembly came to a close Wednesday but much looms ahead. Legislators from all corners of the state descended on the Capitol one more time, to formally end the regular session, adjourning sine die. 

The unemployment rate in Arkansas remained flat at 5.6 percent in March according to information released Tuesday by the state Department of Workforce Services. The rate is the same as a revised jobless rate for February.

Spokeswoman Becky Heflin said it’s not unusual to have unemployment numbers hold steady.

Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe.
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Legislators reviewing the state’s Medicaid program and healthcare system were told Monday by Arkansas health officials, researchers at the Bureau of Legislative Research, and hospital representatives that the cost to hospitals and clinics of uncompensated care is in decline thanks in-part to reforms enabled by the Affordable Care Act.

Port Authority Board of Directors Chairman Christopher Mathews.
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The Little Rock Port Authority decided Wednesday it will formally weigh-in on the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma’s attempt to turn 160 acres near the Arkansas River into trust land. That status would exempt it from local and state control and be the first designation of its kind in Arkansas.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

One hundred and fifty years ago this week Arkansas ratified the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Just after the conclusion of an afternoon seminar in Sturgis Hall of the Clinton School of Public Service on Tuesday, Dean Skip Rutherford asked folks to stick around and reflect on the Amendment.

“That Amendment abolished slavery and as a result over 400,000 slaves in Arkansas were freed,” he said.

Little Rock’s Board of Directors may be the next focal point of civil rights battles in Arkansas over protections for gender identity and sexual orientation. The introductory phase of an anti-discrimination ordinance is expected to be considered on Tuesday for placement on the board’s agenda.

The measure aims to provide legal protections for some of Little Rock’s LGBT population at the same time a state law is pending to ban local governments from enacting anti-discrimination protections.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R) at Little Rock's VA Hospital
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KAUFFMAN: President Obama is in Panama meeting at the Summit of the Americas and it could pay big dividends for Arkansas rice growers. U.S. Senator John Boozman - a Republican from Rogers – joins me in the studio. Thanks for being here. 

BOOZMAN: Thank you so much for having me Jacob.

KAUFFMAN: The more sensational news coming out of the President’s journey to meet with leaders from South America, Central America and the Caribbean, is that for the first time Cuba will be there. Is this one more signal, in an avalanche that better economic ties are around the corner?

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