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
4:48 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Second Largest Payout Ever Could Be Big for Arkansas Lottery Commission Revenue

Credit myarkansaslottery.com

The Arkansas Lottery is taking part in the second largest Mega Millions jackpot ever in the nation, involving over 40 states. Tuesday's drawing is for $636 million.

State Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said big jackpots usually meana  spike in revenue so this jackpot could help the Lottery Commission catch up to their revenue goals.

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Local & Regional News
4:50 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

Beebe Touts Healthcare Reform in Radio Address

Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe touted the construction of several new medical projects throughout the state as evidence of good healthcare policy. In particular Beebe addressed Arkansas' adaption of the Affordable Care Act that uses Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for the working poor, instead of expanding Medicaid coverage. Governor Beebe said it will help hospitals. 

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Local & Regional News
6:31 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Finding: Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr Misused $12,000 of Taxpayer Money

A meeting of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee on Thursday found Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr misused over $12,000 of tax payer money. The findings show Darr improperly spent over $9,000 on travel expenses and over $2,000 from his state credit card.

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Local & Regional News
4:23 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Prosecutors Say No Criminal Activity in UA Deficit Problems

Credit uark.edu

Prosecutors in Washington County said they have found no evidence of criminal activity. Their finding comes in the wake of an investigation by the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit that found four issues of concern.

The Division of Legislative Audit previously found a duplicate expense payment, an improper deposit, a treasurer that partially “obscured deficits,” and contradictory statements made under oath between former UA spokesman John Diamond and Chancellor David Gearhart pertaining to the shredding of documents.

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Local & Regional News
3:36 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Highway Report for Friday Afternoon and Prediction for Saturday Morning

A Service of the Arkansas Highway Department
Credit arkansashighways.com

Ice, sleet, and snow have been affecting roadways in the state but so far there have not been any major accidents, delays, or closings.

David Nillis with the Highway Department said, “There have been some fender benders out there, nothing that has blocked any of the major arteries or that is blocking the travel lanes. We just encourage people to drive slowly and keep plenty of distance between you and the vehicle and front. Overall, we’ve had a pretty, pretty good day on the roadways.”

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Local & Regional News
3:23 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Beebe's Radio Address on Statewide Emergency

Governor Mike Beebe
Credit Governor's office

Governor Mike Beebe spoke to the effects of severe weather on Arkansans in his weekly radio address. Beebe clarified what his statewide emergency declaration means for government’s ability to function.

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Local & Regional News
6:01 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

ExxonMobil: Eight Months and 17 Lawsuits Later

Mayflower Oil Spill Lake Conway
Credit Joint Command

Lawsuits and allegations of safety violations are mounting against ExxonMobil over the rupture of a pipeline that spilled thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower. 

Over eight months have passed since the Pegasus Pipeline ruptured and there are at least 17 lawsuits filed against Exxon or its subsidiaries in state and federal courts.

Earlier this month the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration alleged nine "probable" violations of safety regulations related to the spill.

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Local & Regional News
4:17 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates

Both the Libertarian Party of Arkansas and the Green Party have already submitted enough signatures to be on the ballot for the 2014 elections. On Saturday the Green Party announced a candidate for governor and US senate.

Hot Springs attorney Josh Drake is running for governor while Huntsville resident Mark Swaney is running for US senate.

The party's public relations officer Rebekah Kennedy identified climate change, fossil fuel dependence, and the infringement of civil liberties as key issues in both candidates' campaigns.

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Local & Regional News
5:10 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

KUAR Newscast Nov. 21, 2013 5:04 p.m.

KUAR Newscast: Nov. 21, 2013, 5:04 P.M.

Arkansas's Senators place their votes and articulate their positions on the nuclear option; Pulaski County Clerk says same-sex marriage suit should be removed from federal court and joined with a similar state suit; Morrillton gets a $5 million investment and 75 jobs from a Vietnam based company.

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Local & Regional News
2:36 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Senators Pryor And Boozman Vote Against Filibuster Changes

Senators Pryor and Boozman

The passing of the so called “nuclear option” in the US Senate Thursday drew opposition from both of Arkansas' Senators. The rule change allows for executive and judicial nominees, other than Supreme Court justices, to be confirmed by a simple majority rather than the previous requirement of 60 votes.

Although Senator Mark Pryor voted to consider the change, he was ultimately one of only three Democrats to vote against the measure.

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