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



Government Waste and Fraud
10:50 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Whistleblower Incentive Bill Passes Ark. House Committee

Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena)
Credit Arkansas State Legislature

Lawmakers may soon have a new tool aimed at rooting out fraud and corruption in state government.

A House committee today advanced legislation that would pay a reward to any state employee who reports waste or inefficiency. That employee would stand to receive 10 percent of any savings the state gains from their report.

  Republican Representative Nate Bell of Mena says he sees his bill is a safeguard.

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10:44 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Medicaid Audit Released, $1.3 Million In Improper Benefits Paid

Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) says the state need to fix problems in its current Medicaid system outlined in a recent audit before deciding to expand the the system's coverage.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

As lawmakers look for ways to fill a $61 million shortfall in the Medicaid budget and weigh the possibility of expanding the program, an audit released Friday afternoon shows the program has paid $1.36 million to individuals ineligible to receive Medicaid since 2009.

House Republican Majority Leader Bruce Westerman says the audit’s results show a broken system.

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Abortion Legislation
10:56 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Bill To Ban Abortions After 12 Weeks Passes House Committee

Senator Jason Rapert (R-Conway) and Representative Ann Clemmer (R-Benton) presented their "Heartbeat Protection Act" to a House committee Thursday.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

After tabling the issue, a House committee is advancing a bill that would ban most abortions in Arkansas after 12 weeks.

Senator Jason Rapert’s bill seeks to prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.

It passed the Senate but was tabled in a House committee until a lunchtime hearing Thursday, when it was brought back up with two amendments.

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Death Penalty
10:25 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Senate Advances Arkansas's New Lethal Injection Bill

Governor Mike Beebe told reporters Thursday that he'll sign a new lethal injection law if it reaches his desk.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

New legislation on how the state must execute its death row inmates is on its way to a House committee after passing the Senate 33-0 Thursday.

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Death Penalty
10:22 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Ark. Senate Committee Advances New Lethal Injection Law

Ark. AG Dustin McDaniel told a committee Wednesday that there is enough instruction in a new bill regarding administration of the death penalty to solve problems the state Supreme Court found in the previous law.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A Senate committee is advancing a law that would provide new instructions for how the state administers the death penalty.

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10:18 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Bill To Let Districts Count Home Schooled Dies In House Committee


Small school districts teetering on the edge of 350 students won’t be able to count home schoolers as a way to avoid school district consolidation.

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Winter Storm
12:00 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Hundreds Of Thousands Still Without Power After Christmas Snow

About 130,000 Entergy Arkansas customers still are without power in Central Arkansas with the majority of those in the Little Rock area.

Including Entergy and other power networks in the state, a total of about 200,000 electricity customers still don't have power in the state.

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Supreme Court
12:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Justice Stevens: Supreme Court Likely Regrets Citizens United

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens told a Little Rock crowd Wednesday he thinks the US Supreme Court is showing regret over its recent and controversial Citizen’s United decision.

Justice Stevens quoted President Barack Obama’s January 2010 State of the Union address to illustrate his continuing opposition to the high court’s ruling on the controversial Citizens United case.

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Alternative Transportation
1:30 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Electric Cars Moving Slowly To Arkansas

Don Bearden next to his DIY electric vehicle as it charges at the Clinton Presidential Center's charging station.
Nathan Vandiver KUAR

Electric cars are entering the automotive market in Arkansas ever so slowly.

Fully electric cars have been on showroom floors for the last six months in the state. A few early adopters have been taking notice but finding an electric car on the road in central Arkansas can be an elusive task.

Don Bearden drives an electric vehicle, but he went the do-it-yourself route and built his own from a small truck and a forklift. Though, his car is more of a grocery-getter than a commuter.

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Human Trafficking
12:37 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder Highlights Efforts To Fight Human Trafficking

  Attorney General Eric Holder told a Little Rock crowd Tuesday night, he will designate an employee to oversee the Justice Department’s prosecution efforts for human trafficking crimes.

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