Jacob Kauffman

Anchor & Reporter

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. 


Local & Regional News
3:35 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Beebe: Votes Short For Arkansas Teacher Insurance Fix

Gov. Beebe speaking to reporters at the Capitol Tuesday afternoon.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Governor Mike Beebe says for now he won’t call a special session of the legislature to address a 50 percent hike in public school employee insurance premiums. As KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports Beebe says the votes from legislators just weren’t there.

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Local & Regional News
4:31 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Underway

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The 22nd annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival began last weekend and runs through this Sunday. A number of award winning filmmakers will be in attendance as well as sports celebrities like Jose Conseco.

In recent years the festival has been encumbered with debt but festival chair Susan Altrui said that’s been turned around this year.

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Local & Regional News
2:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Farm Bill Worries Mount as Arkansas Farmers Try to Make Plans

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The government shutdown is not the only federal source of delay and insecurity facing Arkansans. The farm bill expired on October 1st but it took until last weekend to appoint conferees to begin reconciling the Senate and House versions of the legislation. The House bill removes funding for food assistance for low income people and is a major point of contention.

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Local & Regional News
4:44 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Arrest Made in Case of Arkansas Power Grid Saboteur

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Authorities Saturday arrested the man they believe is responsible for a series of disruptions to the power grid in Central Arkansas. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has more. 

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer announced the arrest of 37 year old Jason Woodring of Jacksonville. Thyer said the arrest was made after an explosion near Woodring's house drew the attention of agents who observed a type of blue hose similar to that used in previous incidents.

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Local & Regional News
10:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Is Open Carry Legal in Arkansas? Depends On Who You Ask.

House Chamber of Arkansas General Assembly
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Whether it's legal to openly carry a weapon, like a handgun, in public in Arkansas may depend on who you ask or where you live. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman examines legislation that took effect this August as gun rights activists are openly demonstrating their interpretation of the law. 

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Local & Regional News
3:54 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

UALR Offers Land For Tech Park Without Eminent Domain

UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson
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A nearly 22 acre site adjacent to UALR was formally recommended to the Little Rock Technology Park Board by an advisory board Tuesday. The Oak Forest site, as it is known, has 56 residences of which UALR owns nearly half.

Chancellor Joel Anderson said the reasons for proximity to research institutions like UALR or UAMS has been overlooked.

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Local & Regional News
12:52 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Forcing the Issue: Open Carry March in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Lilyan Kauffman

The gun-rights group Arkansas Carry continued to force the issue of openly carrying firearms in Jonesboro Sunday. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman walked with the group and has this report.

They walked down Main Street with handguns openly holstered on their hips contending a law in effect since August allows for the open carrying of firearms. Scott Vaughn, an organizer of the event, made their purpose clear at the outset. 

“Basically, most everybody’s probably right handed so we’ll walk on the west side of Main Street so that our guns are able to be seen.”

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Local & Regional News
3:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Arkansas Open Carry Advocates to March in Jonesboro, Disagree with Attorney General on Law

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A firearms law passed earlier this year opened the door for a myriad of interpretations on whether or not it is legal to openly carry firearms in the state. The open carry advocacy group Arkansas Carry is taking their interpretation to the streets this Sunday.

In what will be their third march the group plans to openly carry firearms in the city of Jonesboro. Nicholas Stehle, with Arkansas Carry, said they’ve had to consider the opinions of law enforcement.

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Local & Regional News
2:44 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Tempartures May Dip to 40s in Arkansas

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Temperatures in Arkansas are expected to make a noticeable drop over the weekend. The National Weather Service’s Marty Trexler said it’ll come as scattered severe storms and a cold front move in.

“Normally this time of year we do actually get right around 80 degrees as our high and morning lows in the 60s. So, about five degrees below normal or seven degrees below normal on highs and the low temperatures if we get down to the 50s that’s below normal. Monday morning why might see some in the 40s,” said Trexler.

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Local & Regional News
10:50 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Robinson Expansion Passes Major Hurdle

Mark Abernathy at City Hall

Major plans for Robinson Auditorium were set into motion Monday night by the Little Rock Board of Directors. 

The Board cast a unanimous vote to hold an election for funding a nearly $70 million expansion and renovation of the auditorium. The funds come from an existing 2 percent hospitality tax created in 1980 to build the Statehouse Convention Center.

Tensions arose over two primary concerns. Is the benefit limited to downtown while the funding comes from everywhere? Was there enough notice given, particularly to those that would pay the tax?

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