KUAR's Week In Review Podcast

Journalists from the KUAR news staff review the week's news. Contributors include Michael Hibblen, Jacob Kauffman, Chris Hickey, and Karen Tricot Steward.

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On this week's podcast, a look at Arkansas political candidates discussing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Arkansas Supreme Court rulings removing a couple of proposed constitutional amendments from consideration in next month's election, and the demolition of the Broadway Bridge not going quite as expected.

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-Two vice-presidential candidates exchange verbal punches in their first and only debate. Meanwhile, Arkansas’s Junior US Senator Tom Cotton visits Iow. 2020 on the mind?

-A man dies in a Texarkana jail. A newly released video shows a struggle with guards and pleas of “I can’t breathe.”

-Oil and Gas Industry representatives mingle with Arkansas politicians in Little Rock. From whence doth the energy flow?

-An invasive beetle further endangers Ash trees in Arkansas.

- And a celebrated east Arkansas Blues Festival kicks off.

On this week's podcast, the news team discusses the arrest of Arkansas state Representative John Walker while filming a police traffic stop, the closure of the Broadway Bridge between Little Rock and North Little Rock, and testing that has wrapped up to check for contamination in the Buffalo River by a nearby hog farm.

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On this week's podcast, KUAR's Michael Hibblen and Jacob Kuaffman discuss the traffic nightmare that is expected to be created with the closure this coming week of the historic Broadway Bridge, Facebook apologizing to state Sen. Jason Rapert regarding his comments about Muslims, new unemployment numbers holding steady at a very low 3.9 percent and a North Little Rock costemtics plants making a major investment in solar power.

Leading KUAR's Week-In-Review Podcast is the debate heating up over medical marijuana in Arkansas, with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and medical professionals voicing their opposition, advocates responding, and court filings challenging the items that the Secretary of State's office has approved for the November election ballot.

On the podcast:

-The November ballot is getting crowded: medical marijuana, casinos, medical damages caps, alcohol sales.

-A bus carrying workers to a labor company owned by a State Representative crashes in Louisiana. Undocumented immigrants are onboard.

-The Environmental Protection Agency moves forward to implement the law on haze. Arkansas officials cry “overreach.”

-A victory for commuters, a loss for neighborhood advocates—Metroplan votes to lift a six-lane cap on I-30 in downtown Little Rock.

-Arkansans will see a rise in insurance rates this year. But it could have been worse? Meanwhile, thousands more enroll in the state’s private option.

-The Republican candidate for a state house seat in south Arkansas faces jail time. 

-A Sherwood court comes under pressure from the ACLU: A story of hot checks, court fines, and debtors’ prisons.

-Arkansas’s struggle with high rates of incarceration rates is nothing new, but a recent report may offer a guide for how the state deals with overcrowding. 

-How does the health of low income Arkansans compare to other states, two years after the passage of Medicaid expansion?

-It’s back-to-school time. An Arkansas lawmaker delivers a report on the education system in the US and other countries. The state GOP removes mention of Pre-K from its party platform. And a Special Ed task force prepares an upcoming report, after more than a year of work.

- Inaccuracies in the Secretary of State’s office list of flagged felons on the voter rolls provokes a public records dispute with the state Democratic Party.

The call from Republican Senator Tom Cotton for presidential nominee Donald Trump to apologize to the family of a Muslim-American solider who died serving his country leads KUAR's Week-In-Review podcast.

We also discuss the Arkansas unemployment rate, the governor's hopes for technology companies, the abrupt resignation of ASU's chancellor and hopes from the state's fledgling Green Party.

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