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.

Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen has ordered the state to disclose the contents of its three drug lethal injection mixture before proceeding with eight executions.

Judge Wendell Griffen at Truthful Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol in 2014.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen has set March 1 and 2 as hearing dates to consider the constitutionality of a state law allowing lethal injection drug types to be kept secret.

The plaintiffs in the case argue such secrecy clouds their ability to challenge a potentially cruel and unusual form of punishment. Eight Arkansas inmates currently await execution.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast
Michael Hibblen

On the latest edition of KUAR's Week In Review podcast the news team looks at former Arkansas Congressman Jay Dickey's second thoughts on a bill banning federal research into firearms, court battles over state contorl of the LRSD, the release of a highly anticipated report on the future of Medicaid in the state, the attorney general's attempt to revive a 12 week abortion ban, an attempt put a halt to resuming a 10 year break from executions, and the path to EPA Clean Power Plan compliance.


Organizers of the 2015 Little Rock Central Pride Fest say there will be much to celebrate this weekend after the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide this year.

Jennifer Pierce, chair of this year’s pride, said her group hopes for close to 2,000 marchers in the parade's third year in Arkansas.

She said she believes the parade is an important ritual celebration, in part because despite recent civil rights advances, there are still problems with bullying and rural isolation in the state. 

The Arkansas Supreme Court is considering whether the state can claim sovereign immunity after the Arkansas Board of Education’s January takeover of the Little Rock School District.

In March, the Supreme Court issued a stay in a Circuit Court case after Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen ruled against the state's claim that it has sovereign immunity.

The number of English Language Learner students in Arkansas’s public schools have more than doubled in the past 10 years to nearly 40,000.

According to legislative analyst Dr. Mandy Gillip, total expenditures for E.L.L. programs in public schools in the state were nearly $16 million this school year which is less than recommended by state-hired education consultants. She spoke before lawmakers at the capitol Tuesday about the shifting demographics.

Arkansas has exceeded revenue expectations by $15.1 million for the month of September.

According to John Shelnutt, an economist with the Department of Finance and Administration, sales taxes in particular has expanded by eight percent and may account for revenue increases. 

Shelnutt  said revenue growth may not continue at such a rate long term.  

"There are a few signs of slowing in the national economy and the global economy so that may be a factor down the line," he said. 

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

The Little Rock School District plans to open a new middle school in West Little Rock as early as next year. Superintendent Baker Kurrus announced Thursday the district has a tract of land and possible middle school building under a $11.5 million dollar contract. 


CVS pharmacies in Arkansas have begun allowing access to the opioid-overdose drug Naloxone without a prescription. 

In 2015, Arkansas was one of a wave of southern states to expand access to the nasal spray form of the drug that halts an overdose on heroin and other opioids. 

State Rep. Ken Bragg, R-Sheridan, co-sponsored a law to give expanded access to the antidote drugs, particularly for first responders.