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. 

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

Tempartures May Dip to 40s in Arkansas

Credit www.weather.gov

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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Local & Regional News
5:36 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Beebe Says Arkansas Can't Make Up Money Lost in Government Shutdown

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe
Credit Jacob Kauffman

State agencies are scrambling to plan their futures in the face of a government shutdown. Governor Mike Beebe and the heads of various state agencies met with members of the media Monday afternoon to discuss foreseeable ramifications in Arkansas. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports.

The Governor’s message for the state was clear: employees will be furloughed, services will be diminished, and the state can’t meet the costs of operations without federal funds. For now the particulars are still taking shape but for many the precarious state of their employment is already known.

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Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Banned Books Week in Central Arkansas

Credit cals.lib.ar.us

The Central Arkansas Library System is celebrating Banned Books Week this week (22nd-28th) in an effort to promote intellectual freedom. A series of events and plays are being put on in conjunction with the Weekend Theater. Events include a stage production mash-up of A Doll’s House and Clockwork Orange – both of which have been challenged and banned around the country at various times.

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Local & Regional News
4:27 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Government Shutdown: Griffin Target of Criticism, Says New Plan Will Be Unveiled Saturday

Representative Tim Griffin
Credit CHARLES DHARAPAK / AP

Divisions in Congress over funding the federal government are becoming apparent in Arkansas. Pat Hays, the former mayor of North Little Rock for 24 years, is criticizing Republican Congressman Tim Griffin’s role in the government shutdown crisis.

Hays said the issue of funding the Affordable Care Act was settled when it became the law of the land and says it’s clear Griffin doesn’t have the votes needed to defund it.

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Local & Regional News
11:22 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Second Mistrial for Little Rock Police Officer Accused Of Shooting Suspect

Josh Hastings
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Members of 15 year old Bobby Moore’s family were visibly upset leaving the Pulaski County Courthouse after Judge Wendell Griffen declared a mistrial. Jurors deliberated for parts of two days before telling the judge they could not reach a unanimous decision.

Prosecuting attorney John Johnson said afterward it’s difficult for jurors to separate the badge from the person. “It’s always going to be hard for a jury to convict a police. We have a defendant in this case who is trading on the good will that other excellent police officers have created in this community,” said Johnson.

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Local & Regional News
4:13 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Jury Deadlocked in Retrial of Former Little Rock Police Officer; Told To Come To Resolution

Josh Hastings
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

A jury is struggling to reach a verdict this hour in the retrial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter for shooting a suspect.

It's the second day of deliberations in the trial of 27-year-old Josh Hastings. The jury has been deliberating since 10:20 a.m. and has been sending notes back-and-forth through the courtroom throughout the afternoon. 

The jury reported it was deadlocked and Judge Wendell Griffen asked them to come to a resolution.

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Local & Regional News
2:19 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Arkansas Official to Answer Questions at Mayflower Oil Spill Town Hall

A town hall meeting from this summer.
Credit KUAR

Nearly six months out from the oil spill in Mayflower residents are getting a chance to speak directly with a state official at a town hall at Hendrix College this Thursday from 1-7 p.m. Emily Lane with the Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group said it’s been a struggle to get public officials to listen to residents at public forums.

Dr. William Mason, the Emergency Response Branch Chief at the Arkansas Department of Health, is among the first and will participate in a 60 minute Q & A.

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Local & Regional News
5:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Beebe Bringing Together Involved Parties to Look Into Teacher Insurance Hike

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

An expected hike of nearly 50 percent for teacher insurance premiums at the start of 2014 had officials meeting at the Capitol Monday. Governor Mike Beebe said a consensus between teachers, superintendents, and lawmakers are needed before a special session is convened to address it.

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Local & Regional News
4:50 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Crawford Says Don't Blame Republicans for Shutdown Crisis

Republican Representative Rick Crawford
Credit crawford.house.gov

The looming possibility of a government shutdown has first district Republican Representative Rick Crawford saying it would be President Obama’s fault. The potential shutdown is the result of a strategy by some House Republicans to pass a budget without including funding for the Affordable Care Act.

The Senate is majority Democrat and any budget not including funding for health care programs is unlikely to pass and garner the President’s signature but Crawford said otherwise.

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