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
5:50 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Rapid Tax Refunds Could Mean Exorbitant Interest Rates

Seal of the Arkansas Attorney General
Credit ag.arkansas.gov

The attorney general's office is cautioning residents this tax season to watch out for rapid tax loans or rapid refunds. Sarah Tucker, the Senior Assistant Attorney General said consumers should be aware of bad deals getting refunds from some services.

“Rapid refunds might sound very attractive but if you obtain a rapid refund, whether it's through a refund anticipation check or perhaps your tax preparer is going to give you a debit card, you actually are going to be paying a lot of fees that you wouldn't otherwise pay and you're just borrowing your own money,” said Tucker.

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Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Beebe Highlights the Big Issues in the Upcoming Fiscal Session

Inside the Capitol
Credit Flickr.com

High profile issues will be dominating much of the the Arkansas Legislature's agenda next month. They're expected to address a special election to replace the resigning Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr, craft a long-term fix to public school employee insurance hikes, consider expanding jails in the wake of probation problems and reforms, and the future of the Private Option.

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Local & Regional News
10:40 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

The Future Of Arkansas's Private Option

John Selig, Michael Leavitt, Andy Allison (Left to Right)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

State lawmakers met Thursday afternoon to discuss the development and future of Arkansas’s Private Option. The joint meeting of the Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committees did not make any formal legislative actions but the discussion is significant as the February 10th Fiscal Session approaches.

Legislators will have to decide then whether or not to re-authorize funds for the program. The plan uses expanded eligibility and funds from the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to purchase private insurance for nearly 250,000 low income Arkansans.

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Local & Regional News
6:04 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Beebe Advocates Doubling College Degrees By 2025

Credit Governor's office

Governor Mike Beebe linked the future economic well being of Arkansans with attainment of higher education in his weekly radio address. Arkansas is near the bottom of the list of states in adults with college degrees, ranking 49th.

Governor Beebe voiced a timeline for improvement in his address.

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Local & Regional News
5:27 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Tom Cotton Opens Arkansas Headquarters for Senate Run

Tom Cotton Addressing Onlookers at Campaign HQ
Credit Ryan Saylor / Talk Business Arkansas

Representative Tom Cotton opened his Senatorial campaign headquarters in Little Rock Saturday in the presence of about 75 supporters and onlookers.

Ryan Saylor with Talk Business Arkansas covered the opening as the Republican challenger to Mark Pryor laid out his case to Arkansans.

“Do we send a new conservative leader to Washington D.C. from Arkansas who will be there to represent our conservative views and our conservative values?” asked Cotton.

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Local & Regional News
3:01 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

And They're Off: Racing Season at Oaklawn and Wagering Statewide to Begin

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The live horse racing season is set to begin at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs Friday and there are some significant changes to wagering options.

A new program will allow bets to be placed from anywhere in Arkansas on electronic devices like phones and computers for local, national and international races.

Despite some concerns, Media Relations Manager Jennifer Hoyt said she doesn’t expect betting from home or on the go to impact attendance or revenue for local businesses.

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Local & Regional News
12:15 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Arkansas Highway Department Busy with Winter Road Conditions

Credit arkansashighways.com

Rainfall and near freezing conditions made Arkansas roadways hazardous as ice remained in parts of the state Thursday. Public Information Officer Randy Ort, with the Highway and Transportation Department, said road crews have been kept busy.

“No extra crews, but they are working extra hours. As long as there’s a threat for ice or precipitation on the roadways we’re going to be out. We haven’t had to bring anybody extra in but they are working around the clock, 12 hours on 12 hours off, throughout the duration,” said Ort.

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Local & Regional News
1:16 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Darr Says He Won't Step Down Over Ethics Violations

Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr

Arkansas Lieutenant Gov. Mark Darr says he won't resign despite calls that he quit or risk being impeached over ethics violations.

Darr said in a statement Tuesday he won't step down over complaints tied to his office and campaign spending. Darr last week agreed with Ethics Commission findings that he violated state ethics and campaign laws 11 times and agreed to $11,000 in fines.

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Local & Regional News
6:06 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

First TV Ad for Arkansas Governor's Race: Beebe Voices Support for Ross

Mike Ross (D)

The first television ad for the state's 2014 gubernatorial contest began airing Sunday. It features an endorsement by Governor Mike Beebe (D).

“No one is more independent than Mike so please join me in supporting Mike Ross for Governor,” Beebe said in the ad.

Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas suggested Beebe's appearance in the ad is a good thing for Ross.

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Local & Regional News
6:09 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Freezing Temperatures and Snow Likely for Arkansas

Credit www.weather.gov

Another round of wintry weather is on its way toward much of the state with freezing temperatures and rain, sleet, and snow likely Sunday afternoon. Marty Trexler with the National Weather Service said accumulation won't be significant in the central part of the state.

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