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
5:56 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Arkansas Congressmen Weigh Syria Decision

Map of Syria
Credit npr.org

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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Local & Regional News
3:36 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

A Push for Reading and Volunteers in a Critical Year

AR Kids Read Director Charlie Conklin with Clifford the Big Red Dog
Credit Jacob Kauffman

A partnership of businesses and church groups, called AR Kids Read, is seeking 600 people to volunteer one hour a week to tutor third graders who are reading below proficiency in central Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
4:14 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Arkansas Moves to Prevent Disease in Same Family as Mad Cow from Entering State

Credit nps.gov / National Park Service

Actions are being taken by the Game and Fish Commission to stop Chronic Wasting Disease, in the same family of diseases as Mad Cow, from infecting the state’s deer and elk populations. Cases in northwestern Missouri are the closest to Arkansas.

New steps ban the transportation of live cervids and carcasses hunted in all other states. This adds to a 2003 law which only prevented importation from states with known cases.

Corey Gray, the Deer Program Coordinator with Game and Fish said Arkansas is being proactive.

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Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Former Pipeline Safety Agency Head Defends Testing of Mayflower's Pegasus Pipeline

Brigham McCown
Credit Jacob Kauffman

After the oil spill in Mayflower, many local officials have expressed skepticism about pipeline testing and oversight. Wednesday a former head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration spoke about the issue at the Clinton School of Public Service and took pointed questions about the matter. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports. 

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Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Beebe Calls for Inspections and Possibility of Legislation for Hog Farm on Buffalo River

Buffalo National River
Credit nps.gov / National Park Service

The newly built C&H Hog Farm near the Buffalo River may be getting additional water quality inspections. Governor Mike Beebe says he wants to use $250,000 of surplus money to have the University of Arkansas monitor potential waste run-off from the farm.

The operation is the first Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation in the state. In his weekly radio address, Beebe said the unique designation of a national river requires extra protections.

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Local & Regional News
2:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

New Arkansas Law Requires Drivers Move Over For Expanded List of Vehicles

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department
Credit arkansashighways.com

A new law is taking effect Friday requiring drivers to move over if they spot Highway Department vehicles, utility trucks, and tow trucks on the side of the road. The law adds to the familiar list of emergency vehicles like police cars.

It asks motorists to move over to the farthest possible lane, this requirement makes Arkansas’s law one of the toughest in the nation. Only three other states require that.

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Local & Regional News
3:54 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Board Tells Clarksville Superintendent He Can't Arm Teachers and Staff

Dr. David Hopkins, Superintendent
Credit csdar.org

A license to allow some teachers and staff in the Clarksville School District to carry concealed handguns and work as armed guards was suspended Wednesday. The vote by the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies came in the wake of an opinion by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that using the licensing law to arm staff violates state law.

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Arkansas Education
4:59 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

School Choice Law Leaves Parents and Board Frustrated

Upset parents turned to the Arkansas Board of Education Monday to try to get school transfer requests that were denied overturned.

The newly enacted Public School Choice Act of 2013 allows for transfers unless a district annually claims exemption due to involvement in desegregation court cases. The previous school choice act, of 1989, was overturned by a 2012 court claiming racial demographic formulas, aimed at desegregating schools, were unconstitutional.

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