Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Reporter / Anchor

Sarah Whites-Koditschek is a reporter and anchor for KUAR 89.1.

She was a production assistant and reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia. She also interned at NPR’s Morning Edition in Los Angeles.

Sarah is a graduate of Smith College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. She was a student at the Stabile Center For Investigative Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

This is our longest podcast yet, but we had a lot of important and interesting items to discuss this week. We really want to hear from you if you slogged it out to the finish line.

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Arkansas children who are beneficiaries of government food programs may be impacted by an upcoming vote on the Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization Act in the United States Congress this fall.

Arkansas’s U.S. Senator John Boozman visited the children’s library in Little Rock Friday to learn about summer nutrition programs for kids in the state. A member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Boozman said he plans to vote in favor of the act.

“What I would like to do is five a lot more flexibility to the parties involved,” said Boozman.

While Arkansas Lawmakers have declined to call a special session in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s month-old ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, advocates and conservative lawmakers are still arguing about whether a new state law can truly ban municipal anti-discrimination ordinances.

A federal Equality Act introduced Thursday may make this debate irrelevant. KUAR's Sarah Whites-Koditschek spoke with University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Law Professor Danielle Weatherby.

Titus Little Rock Police Dog
Little Rock PD

A police dog that passed away earlier this month in the heat while chasing a felon was memorialized today by the Little Rock Police Department and other community members at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock.

Titus, the first LRPD dog to die on duty, became over-heated chasing a felon on July 15, according to LPRD spokesman Lieutenant Steve McClanahan. He said Titus had served the department for three years.

This week the KUAR news staff discusses a couple of new state laws. One bans cities and counties from enforcing ordinances like anti-discrimination measures on sexual orientation or gender identity. Another makes "rehoming" a felony. Task forces looking into Common Core standards and computer science in public schools are making progress. And a look at monuments to the Confederacy in Arkansas.

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The state’s task force on computer science education met in Little Rock Wednesday to work on making recommendations for Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

Task force member Tom Chilton of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission said a new law requires the task force to plan for teacher training and to reassess how students are taught computer science subject matter at earlier grades.

The Little Rock City Board of Directors will vote Tuesday on whether to approve updates to the city’s biking plan within the Master Street Plan.

The Bicycle Friendly Committee of Little Rock has suggested adding several bike lanes to streets undergoing repairs, as well as expanding routes, including making plans for a possible connecting trail between downtown Hot Springs and downtown Little Rock. Mason Ellis helped revise the plan.

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A slate of new laws aimed at reducing domestic violence in Arkansas will take effect this week. Lawmakers and advocates met at the capitol Monday morning to announce the implementation of the new laws. 

On this week's edition, we'll have a look at what a much anticipated report on the foster care system offers to those children forced to sleep in DHS offices. As Arkansas continues to grapple with a healthcare overhaul, what steps is the state considering? And as expected, Arkansas's Congressional delegation has no love for the President's nuclear deal with Iran. 

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Governor Asa Hutchinson
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Arkansas’s foster care system may receive an $8 million boost in funding following the release of a report on the Division of Children and Family Services at the Department of Human Services.