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.

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Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key appointed attorney and former Little Rock School Board member Baker Kurrus as superintendent of the Little Rock School District Tuesday.

Kurrus, who replaces Interim Superintendent Marvin Burton, will lead the district for a salary of $150,000. Former Superintendent Suggs made over $200,000.

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The Department of Community Correction is expanding a partnership with Arkansas Baptist College and area churches in Little Rock to teach prison inmates business skills for a transition back to society.  

The college opened its Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development Center Wednesday, funded in part by donations from local business leaders. College president, Fitz Hill, said he wants inmates to have a second chance through the center.

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Arkansas Department of Correction

Prison officials are looking to pay Arkansas businesses and non-profits to help address the state’s over-crowded prisons and 43 percent recidivism rate.

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National Weather Service

Central Arkansas communities damaged by last year’s tornado are commemorating lives lost and continuing to rebuild as they mark the one-year anniversary of the storm that killed 16 and caused damage to dozens of businesses and homes. 

The mayor of Vilonia, James Firestone, said in an interview Monday the city recently built a new playground and re-opened its Veteran’s museum. He said Tuesday night the Vilonia City Council will vote on a “2030 plan,” to seek economic development funding.

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Authors of a measure to repeal a ban against local civil rights ordinances for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered people are gathering signatures. 51,000 signatures must be gathered within 90 days for the question to be placed on the November 2016 ballot.

Attorney David Couch with Arkansans to Protect Local Rights, said ACT 137 is hateful towards LGBT people. He said he believes there is enough support to get signatures for the ballot and overturn the law.

Fayetteville's City Council in an August meeting on an anti-discrimination ordinance.
Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said Friday he is interested in the possibility that state-level protections for LGBT people may already exist.

Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter argued earlier this week existing language in state anti-bullying law protects LGBT individuals, making ACT 137's municipal ordinance ban irrelevant to local LGBT protections and  said ACT 137 could not be used to block ordinances protecting LGBT people.

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A task force created by Governor Asa Hutchinson to review Arkansas's implementation of Common Core curriculum held its first all-day meeting Thursday to listen to several panelists of teachers, education officials, and academics, on the benefits and shortcomings of the nationally uniform curriculum, launched in 2009.

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Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

With questions over accusations he plagiarized work for his doctoral degree, Dexter Suggs resigned  as interim superintendent of the Little Rock School District Tuesday morning, according to the Arkansas Department of Education.

A press release said Education Commissioner Johnny Key reached an agreement with Suggs for his immediate resignation. 

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Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Little Rock School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs had planned to hold a town hall meeting Monday at Central High School but canceled it over the weekend.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Interim School Superintendent Dexter Suggs met Wednesday with several hundred parents at a community meeting  at Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood School in Little Rock to discuss the district’s plans to move older children out of the school to focus entirely on Pre-K by next year.

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