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

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Abortion Legislation
3:30 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Beebe Vetoes With Praise, Calls Darr's Signature Usurpation

A bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks may still have a chance, even after the Governor vetoed it Tuesday.

Governor Mike Beebe may have vetoed Representative Andy Mayberry’s 20-week abortion ban, but not before singing the Hensley Republican’s praises for asking Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr not to sign it while the Governor was out of the state.

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Education
9:01 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Tweak Goes To Governor

Sen. Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home) said lawmakers need to adjust scholarship awards from the Arkansas Lottery for the program to stay afloat.
Nathan Vandiver KUAR

Legislation to reduce the scholarship amount paid to students from the Arkansas Lottery is now going to the Governor for a signature.

The bill would set scholarships in tiers. Freshmen would receive $2,000, which would increase by $1,000 each year until senior year, topping out at $5,000.

The program currently pays $4,500 per year to four-year college students.

Two-year college students would be eligible for $2,000 per year, down from $2,250.

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Medicaid
4:26 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Governor Heading Back From D.C. With Medicaid Answers

Governor Mike Beebe is heading back from Washington DC, and with him are answers to lawmakers’ questions about the state’s options for expanding Medicaid under the Federal health care law.

The Governor, a Democrat, supports expansion, but some Republicans want more flexibility in the plan.

Representative Charlie Collins of Fayetteville says he and his colleagues want to see more private insurance options.

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State Budget Policy
11:27 am
Mon February 25, 2013

State Spending Cap Bill To Get A Second Try This Week

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) said he'll try his bill to establish a state spending cap again this week.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The sponsor of a bill that would create a controversial state-spending cap says he will try it again in House committee Tuesday.

House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman, a Republican from Hot Springs, says he’s been researching successful spending caps in other states.

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Guns
3:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Ark. Handgun List To Go Secret Without Governor's Signature

Governor Mike Beebe is neither vetoing, nor signing a law to make a list of concealed handgun permit holders a secret.

Instead, he’ll let the law take effect without his signature.

Matt DeCample, the Governor’s spokesman said Thursday that the Governor is against the law, because he says there hasn’t been any instances of permit holders being victimized due to their information being out there.

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Voter ID
2:28 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Arkansas Voter ID Requirement Passes Senate

Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock) questioning Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) on whether a current Voter ID bill would have stopped a voter fraud he said was committed against him.
Nathan Vandiver KUAR

A bill that would require voters in Arkansas to show a valid picture ID when casting a ballot is moving to a House committee after the Senate passed it this Wednesday.

Senator Bryan King, a Republican from Green Forest, sponsored the bill. He says it will make voters more confident in the voting process.

“We know that photo ID is an everyday part of life, that you have to use a photo ID to get on a plane, you have to use a photo ID to get a library card, it’s just an everyday part of life,” King said.

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Abortion Legislation
2:38 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Abortion Bills Advance To Arkansas House For Final Vote

The Arkansas House of Representatives is set to vote on two controversial abortion bans, possibly later this week, after a committee approved the legislation Tuesday.

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Abortion Legislation
11:26 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Abortion Bills Advance To Arkansas House For Final Vote

  The Arkansas House of Representatives is set to vote on two controversial abortion bans, possibly later this week, after a committee approved the legislation Tuesday.

One bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks, and the other would ban them after 12. Both bills have been amended to include exceptions for rape, incest and the health of the mother, but some say both bills go too far, infringing on women’s rights to control their reproductive health.

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Human Trafficking
11:21 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Ark. Human Trafficking Law Promises To Better Protect Victims

Governor Mike Beebe signs the human trafficking bill into law as supporters look on. Sen. Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View) says the law will beef-up protections for victims of human trafficking in the state.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

  Arkansas now has a beefed-up statute designed to deal with human trafficking offenses after the Governor signed the Human Trafficking Act of 2013 into law Tuesday.

The bill will exempt victims of human trafficking from being prosecuted for prostitution and it stiffens penalties for human traffickers.

One of the bill’s sponsors, Republican Representative Missy Irvin of Mountain View, says the bill will help the fight against human trafficking in Arkansas.

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Gun Laws
11:19 am
Fri February 15, 2013

House Votes To Allow Some Concealed Handguns On College Campuses

Rep. Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville) speaking for his bill on the House floor.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A bill to allow public university faculty and staff who have concealed handgun permits to bring their guns on campus passed a vote in the House of Representatives Friday morning.

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