Nathan Vandiver

Program Director

Nathan Vandiver is Program Director for UALR Public Radio, which includes KUAR 89.1 and KLRE Classical 90.5.

He oversees the quality of our on-air sound and is responsible for developing and maintaining programming policy, supervising programming staff, and selecting programs for UALR Public Radio.

Phone: 501-683-7389



Health Insurance Expansion
2:06 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

House Speaker Calls For Health Insurance Expansion Proposal This Week

Speaker Carter says it's time to get down to the details on health insurance expansion with the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Hear KUAR's interview with Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter.

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter is wanting to see a written draft of a proposal to expand health coverage in the state by Friday.

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Health Insurance Exchanges
10:13 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Cato Health Expert Tells Arkansas To Abandon Insurance Exchange Plans

Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute told lawmakers Tuesday that abandoning plans to partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange would both benefit the state and reduce the power of the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute says Arkansas lawmakers should avoid as much state responsibility involved with the federal Affordable Care Act as possible.

The health policy expert from the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank dedicated to promoting free market principles, spoke with lawmakers Tuesday in the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee to discuss the state’s options regarding what to do with its health insurance exchange.

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Voter ID
3:26 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Next Stop For Voter ID In Arkansas: The Governor's Desk

Sen. Bryan King waits before the chamber voted on the voter ID bill.
Credit Nathan Vandiver

A bill to require Arkansas voters to show a valid photo ID before casting a ballot is on it’s way to the Governor after clearing its final hurdle in the Senate today.

The bill was already passed by the Senate, but it picked up an amendment in the House, so today’s vote was to adopt the amendment. The measure passed 22-12.

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Arkansas Insurance Expansion
5:40 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Private Insurance Coverage Of Arkansans Could Cost Feds Less Than First Thought

Arkansas DHS Director John Selig and the state's Medicaid Director Andy Allison told reporters Monday that private insurance would cost only up to 15 percent more than Medicaid coverage for about 250,000 Arkansans earning 100-138 percent of the federal poverty level.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Expansion of health coverage under the so-called “private option” for insuring more Arkansans under the federal health care law may be less expensive than originally thought according to a new estimate.

John Selig, director of the state’s Department of Human Services says the study done with the Arkansas Insurance Department and consulting groups found that in Arkansas specifically, the cost of private insurance coverage would not be nearly as high when compared to Medicaid, as originally expected.

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State Budget Policy
8:47 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Arkansas Highway Funding Bill Wants Part Of General Revenues, Educators Worried

Rep. Jonathan Barnett (R-Siloam Springs) is the sponsor of HB1418.
Credit Arkansas State Legislature

A bill that would direct a portion of the state’s general revenue to pay for highways in the years to come has many in state education and higher education programs worried they’ll lose a portion of their funding in the future.

  The bill’s sponsor, Representative Jonathan Barnett, a Republican from Siloam Springs, says some general revenue needs to shift to highways because revenue sources like the state’s fuel tax aren’t keeping the state’s highways adequately funded for upkeep.

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Gun Laws
12:09 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Arkansas Gun Rights And Challenging Federal Authority

 A new bill that seeks to prevent the federal government from regulating firearms in Arkansas is scheduled to go before a state House committee Tuesday morning. But many think it’s clearly unconstitutional.

State Representative Bob Ballinger, a Republican from Hindsville, is the sponsor of the bill.

“We are not going to allow for any more federal regulations of firearms in Arkansas," Ballinger told a crowd gathered for a Second Amendment rally in front of the Arkansas Capitol February 8.

Ballenger says Arkansas citizen’s Second Amendment rights are at stake.

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Local & Regional News
11:27 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Continue To Look At Something Like Medicaid Expansion

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas lawmakers say they are continuing to look at expanding health coverage to those in Arkansas who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level with federal money made available through the Affordable Care Act.

State lawmakers learned two weeks ago that they have the option of covering those who would benefit from the expansion with private insurance rather than putting them directly on Medicaid.

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6:29 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Arkansas AG Backs Several New Election Reforms

From left to right: Sen. Keith Ingram, AG Dustin McDaniel and Rep. Fred Love speak speak to the press about their package of election reform legislation.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is putting his support behind legislation that he says will reduce fraud in the state’s ballot initiative process.

McDaniel and Sen. Keith Ingram, a Democrat from West Memphis, told reporters at the Capitol Thursday that proposed legislation would stiffen penalties for knowingly collecting and submitting fraudulent signatures within the state’s ballot initiative process.

McDaniel referred to last year’s election is a prime example that the process needs reform.

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Abortion Legislation
2:15 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Ark. House Overrides Veto, OKs 12-Week Abortion Ban

Rep. Ann Clemmer (R-Benton) said lawmakers were responding to the people of Arkansas when they voted for the 12-week abortion ban.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas House of Representatives has overridden by a vote of 56 to 33 the Governor’s veto of a controversial bill that restricts abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The bill will take effect 90 days after the conclusion of this year’s legislative session after the Senate voted 20-14 to override the veto Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway is the sponsor of SB 134, also called the Human Heartbeat Protection Act. It prohibits a pregnant woman from having an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, or after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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Abortion Legislation
6:52 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Analysis: 12-Week Abortion Ban May Stand After Ark. Senate Veto Override

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe is taking overrides of his vetos by the Republican-majority legislature in stride. He told press last week, lawmakers have to vote their mind.

Veto overrides in Arkansas: uncommon, but not rare.

The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override the Governor's veto of a bill that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks.  It now heads to the Arkansas House.

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