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
12:44 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Western Arkansas Lakes and Parks Open After Flooding

The Dam at Lake Greeson
Credit mvk.usace.army.mil

Three Arkansas parks that closed last week due to flooding reopened today. The US Army Corps of Engineers tracked rising waters, notified campers, and managed the clean-up for lakes Ouachita, DeGray, and Greeson.

Park Ranger Bill Jackson says high water at the lakes is actually a sign flood damage reduction strategies are working, by preventing water from threatening vulnerable areas downstream.

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Local & Regional News
4:53 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

UPDATE: Exxon Witholding Reports Lake Maumelle Watershed Officials Want

Buddy Villines
Credit co.pulaski.ar.us

Central Arkansas officials say they’re ready to take further action to know the results of pre-oil spill inspection reports for the Pegasus Pipeline running through the Lake Maumelle Watershed.

Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines says it’s important to have the most recent inspection reports for the pipeline, particularly the one conducted just six weeks before the pipeline ruptured in Mayflower.

He says if Exxon has nothing to hide, he doesn’t see why this would be problematic.

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Local & Regional News
4:59 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Voter ID Rules Open To Public Comment Period

Board of Election Commissioners (Secretary of State Mark Martin is absent)
Credit Jacob Kauffman

A draft of new Voter ID rules passed another step in the process leading toward implementation. The Board of Election Commissioner’s approval opens up a period for public comment ending August 21.

The new rules outline nine acceptable forms of photo identification and provide exceptions for residents of long-term care facilities, military members, and those with religious prohibitions.

Commissioner Stuart Soffer says the range of acceptable ID types dispels his concerns about the new requirement. 

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Local & Regional News
5:55 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Lt. Governor and Mayflower Mayor: Oil Spill Clean-Up A Success, Area Better Than Before

The Marsh
Jacob Kauffman

Lt. Governor Mark Darr and Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland toured clean-up efforts undertaken in the aftermath of the March oil spill in Mayflower. 

Darr and Holland toured the still-empty neighborhood in the North Woods subdivision of Mayflower, where residents have been told they can come back to their homes but none have elected to do so.

The two also toured the marsh adjacent to Lake Conway, where much of the oil eventually collected.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
11:11 am
Thu June 13, 2013

U.S. Attorney & Arkansas AG File Joint Lawsuit Over Mayflower Oil Spill

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer speaking to reporters Thursday at ADEQ headquarters in North Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

State and federal prosecutors announced Thursday that a joint lawsuit has been filed against the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company for the rupture of the Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, which spilled an estimated 5,000 barrels of raw tar sands crude in a residential neighborhood.

“The oil spill disrupted lives. This oil harmed the environment and this oil spill was in violation of both state and federal law,” said Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

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Local & Regional News
11:31 am
Wed June 12, 2013

VA Hospital Federal Credit Union's Former President Pleaded Guilty to Embezzlement

Credit littlerock.va.gov

The former President of the VA Hospital Federal Credit Union in Little Rock, pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges of embezzlement.

Prosecutors say Karen York stole over $60,000 during the course of twelve years at the VA through a check kiting scheme and making false deposit entries.

The FBI defines check kiting as, "a scheme which artificially inflates bank account balances, in accounts that are under common control, for purposes of obtaining unauthorized use of bank funds, through the exchanging of checks between accounts.”

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Mayflower Oil Spill
5:19 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Exxon Gets Third Extension For Report On Pipeline Rupture Cause

Credit aetn.org

ExxonMobil has been granted a third extension to submit an analysis of what caused the 22-foot long rupture of the Pegasus Pipeline resulting in the spill of over 100,000 gallons of oil in Mayflower.

ExxonMobil has said the federal agency investigating the rupture has already received preliminary data from lab testing.

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Local & Regional News
2:14 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Salvation Army and Little Rock Working to Help Homeless Beat the Heat This Summer

Credit www.uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army is coordinating with the city of Little Rock’s new Homeless Day Resource Center to provide relief from the heat this summer.

The Salvation Army’s Director of Public Relations Kathy Barbier said intense heat can mean an additional challenge for those without regular access to air conditioning and water.

"We are dealing with a vulnerable population, people who don't have resources and often have other underlying health issues. It's very important to be able to have a safe place where people can go and get out of the extreme heat," said Barbier

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Local & Regional News
3:16 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Arkansas Senators Support Changes to Food Stamp Enrollment

Credit www.fns.usda.gov/snap

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is close to invoking cloture on the $100 billion a year Farm Bill. Both of Arkansas’ Senators, Republican John Boozeman and Democrat Mark Pryor, are supporting the bill. 

It addresses issues of farm subsidies and crop insurance. It also addresses nutrition assistance.

Pryor said about 85% of the bill is directed toward the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

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Local & Regional News
1:26 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Little Rock Airport Adds Additional Service to Orlando

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Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is offering non-stop flights to Orlando starting Thursday. 

Nevada based Allegiant Airlines says they intend to offer the flight throughout most of the year. 

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