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



State Tax Cuts
3:21 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Talk Of Tax Cuts, Medicaid Expansion Continues

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Talk of tax cuts continues to swirl around the state Capitol as lawmakers iron out what Speaker of the House Davy Carter said Friday is shaping up to be roughly $100 million dollars worth of cuts.

"In concept there is an agreement ... for a tax cut package in that range," Carter told reporters, speaking of talks between the House and Senate.

The Speaker had asked for lawmakers to identify $150 million in tax cuts, but recent reports have indicated the number has been decreasing.

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1:53 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Bill Would Keep Politicians Names Off Public Buildings, At Least For A While

The House voted 82-3 to pass a bill Friday that would prevent government agencies from naming buildings after public office holders until ten years after they are out of office.

The bill’s sponsor, Representative John Burris, R-Harrison, said this law would solve some interesting situations that have occurred in various districts around the state.

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Highway Funding
3:41 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Arkansas Highway Funding Bill Voted Down In Committee

A bill that would have directed a portion of state revenue from certain sales taxes to the Highway and Transportation Department failed to pass a house committee Thursday, though its sponsor says it could get another try in committee.

Representative Jonathan Barnett, a Republican from Siloam Springs, sponsored HB 1418 and says if he does bring it back up, it will have to compete with other bills cutting or reallocating state funding.

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Tattoo and Peircing Regulation
3:34 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Body Art Regulation Bills Head To Arkansas House

Two bills regulating body modification procedures are headed to the full House with support of the tattoo industry.

One bill would set an age limit for piercings without parental consent and another would ban sub-dermal implants. The bills passed the House Public Health Committee Thursday.

The bills' sponsor in the House, democratic Representative Deborah Ferguson of West Memphis, said the industry opposed earlier forms of the legislation but now they are working together.

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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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