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
3:28 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Beebe Talks Stopping Big Hike in Teacher Insurance Premiums

Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe and some state lawmakers are hoping to avoid costly changes for Arkansas school teachers enrolled in state health plans. Insurance premiums are predicted to rise by up to 50% at the start of next year for those enrolled in the popular gold plan.

The rate hikes are unconnected to the implementation of the federal health care law. In his weekly radio address, Governor Beebe said this is not a new problem.

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Local & Regional News
12:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Effort to Gather Information on Missing Persons Cases

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An effort to address active missing persons cases is being held Saturday. The Attorney General’s office in conjunction with the FBI and State Police are inviting families of the missing to bring photographs, dental records, and participate in a DNA swab at the Clear Channel Metroplex in Little Rock.

Cindy Murphy, with the Attorney General’s office said Arkansas has over 400 missing people.

“The most recent figures I have from ACIC (Arkansas Crime Information Center) show a total of 424 missing persons and of those 209 are juveniles,” said Murphy.

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Local & Regional News
4:19 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Upcoming Trials for Mount Saint Mary Sexual Abuse Cases

Barbara Dorris with Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) stands outside Pulaski County Courthouse.
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A former volleyball coach and a former athletic director from Mount Saint Mary Academy in Little Rock are headed to trial next week over allegations of sexual abuse. 

Kelly O’Rourke previously admitted to molesting a student in 2012 and will face charges over violating parole by attempting to contact the girl she molested. Kathy Griffin, the athletic director and a counselor for 9th grade girls, will face charges for having knowledge of child abuse but failing to report it. 

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Local & Regional News
5:52 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Pryor Says No to Syria Strikes Making Cotton Sole Arkansas Supporter

Map of Syria
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A statement by Senator Mark Pryor Saturday on Syrian intervention puts him at odds with his challenger, Representative Tom Cotton.

KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has more:

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Local & Regional News
2:48 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

TSA Pre-Check Expands To Little Rock Airport

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
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Airport lines checking shoes, belts, laptops, and liquids may be a thing of the past for some travelers passing through Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

A nearly two-year-old program, TSA Precheck, is coming to the airport this year and offers U.S. citizens in frequent-traveler programs a no-cost option to bypass most security checks.

Also, U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP's NEXUS program qualify to participate. 

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Local & Regional News
2:28 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Fate of Tony Alamo Properties To Be Determined

Picture of Alamo most used in pamphlets.
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Tony Alamo, the founder of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and a convicted child sex offender, is currently serving 175 years in prison. But Alamo still owes millions in restitution to his victims – something a hearing Friday hopes to address.

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Local & Regional News
2:16 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Arkansas Tops Food Insecurity Rankings

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Arkansas ranks second in the percentage of people living with food insecurity according to a report released this week by the Department of Agriculture. It says nearly 20% of Arkansans don’t know where their next meal will come from and the state also ranks first in the category, “very low food security.”

Tyler Lindsey with the Arkansas Food Bank says they’re watching as Congress considers reducing funds for SNAP, commonly referred to as food stamps.

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Local & Regional News
5:56 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Arkansas Congressmen Weigh Syria Decision

Map of Syria
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President Obama's decision Saturday to allow Congress to weigh the issue of military strikes in Syria means Arkansas lawmakers have to make up their minds soon. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has more... 

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Local & Regional News
5:06 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Nordex Will Pay Back $2.5 Million in Incentives For Wind Turbine Plant

Nordex has reached an agreement with the state of Arkansas and the city of Jonesboro to repay more than $2.5 million in grants it received to build its wind turbine manufacturing plant.

Joe Holmes with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission says the deal comes after the company announced earlier this year it would stop production at its Jonesboro plant and would not be able to meet promised employment goals.

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4th District Congressional Race
7:59 am
Thu August 29, 2013

UPDATE: Darr Bows Out Of Congressional Bid Amid Ethical Questions

Mark Darr

Lt. Governor Mark Darr says he will drop out of the race for the 4th district congressional seat, now occupied by Republican Tom Cotton.

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