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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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.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza will hear the start of a trial today of Darell Dennis, an eight-time parole absconder, accused of murdering an 18-year-old man weeks after he was released on parole in 2013.

The incident led to greater restrictions in the state’s parole system.  University of Arkansas at Fayetteville law professor Laurent Sacharoff spoke with KUAR about reforms that had preceded the murder and were redirected afterwards.

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Researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Institute on Race and Ethnicity published results of its annual racial attitudes survey Monday. The report included 18,000 Pulaski County blacks, Hispanics, and whites, who were asked about their beliefs and priorities on issues related family, values, and community.

The survey found Hispanics place particular value on the institution of marriage relative to the other groups.  African-Americans indicated a greater commitment to both a career and religious life compared to white residents.

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The Arkansas State Board of Education heard an update Friday from ForwARd Arkansas, a project established by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and the State Board of Education.

Jared Jenderson, of ForwARd Arkansas, told the Board of his team's efforts to seek community input and set goals for closing the educational achievement gaps between Arkansas and other states.

KUAR

Two Conway-based technology companies are planning to relocate to downtown Little Rock. INUVO is an advertising technology and digital publishing company. PrivacyStar blocks telephone callers.

The companies employ over 100 workers. Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola spoke to a small crowd at the Chamber of Commerce, saying he hopes they will double or triple their current workforce in Little Rock.

“We have a strong downtown area, it's getting better day by day. It's when we locate companies like INUVO and PrivacyStar here it gets even better,” Stodola siad.

Jeff Rosenzweig
InArkansas.com

Seven death row inmates in Arkansas have filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court to challenge a law Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Monday. It allows the state to perform executions by injection without revealing the drugs it is using.

Attorney for the inmates, Jeff Rosenzweig, says such a provision is unconstitutional since the state made an agreement in 2013 to disclose the injection drug types.

The Little Rock School District announced  60 positions will be eliminated from its central office on Friday. The district is looking for ways to cut up to $40 million a year in expenses to make up for desegregation funds it will stop receiving by 2017.

Former school board member Baker Kurris, the district's budget committee’s chair, said at a committee meeting on Monday the district's first priority is cutting administrative staff.

KATV

KUAR’s Sarah Whites-Koditschek spoke with Jerry Cox of the Arkansas Family Council, a group that openly supported the original and revised versions of the Arkansas bills, about his views on the week’s events. 

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Tippi McCullough and Barbara Mariani of the Arkansas Stonewall Democrats, offer their views on Arkansas's new religious protection law, and the future of LGBT rights in the state.

Bob Ballinger
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The House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 975 with a unanimous voice vote Thursday. The bill was amended to replace HB1228 as a Religious Freedom Restoration Act using language akin to that in the federal RFRA law passed in 1993.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson called for new language in the bill on Wednesday morning, following days of protests and public opposition from major Arkansas businesses including Bentonville-based Walmart.

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