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: accountability and technology in the Little Rock Police Department two years into the chief’s service, a snapshot of state revenue and unemployment, Libertarian hopes in the era of Trump, and Jason Alexander sheds Seinfeld to direct at the Arkansas Reparatory Theater.

On our weekly podcast, KUAR news staffers discuss Gov. Asa Hutchinson signing a highway funding bill into law, the Arkansas Supreme Court taking up birth certificates for children born to same-sex couples and proposed rate hikes for healthcare coverage.  

On this week's edition of KUAR's Week In Review podcast the news team gets us up to speed on the special session of the Arkansas Legislature, recaps the lethal injection secrecy arguments before the state Supreme Court, and previews yet another rendition of I-30 expansion plans.

On this week's podcast, the news staff discusses calls for the state to return the Little Rock School District to local control, a proposed merger advancing for Pulaski Technical College to become part of the University of Arkansas System and a look at the status of legislation to be considered at a special session set to begin next week.

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As the Arkansas Legislature prepares to adjourn the fiscal session on Monday, the KUAR news staff looks at this week's passage of a state budget for the coming year. 

We also share the governor's concerns about non-budgetary items being taken up and plans for a special session later in the month on highway funding.

--After overcoming a hurdle for Medicaid, the Arkansas Legislature chugs along in its fiscal session. We have a look at various proposals from the week.

--The state announces a Chinese paper company plans to locate a plant in Arkadelphia. We’ll have some details on the new plant and some critical context on how other Chinese companies have adapted to the South.

--New plans are drawn up on expanding Interstate 30 through Little Rock.

On this week's edition of KUAR's Week in Review podcast we explain the governor's line item veto maneuver to continue Medicaid expansion and Education Commissioner Johnny Key's timing "mistake" in picking a new superintendent for the state controlled Little Rock School District.

The battle over the future of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's Medicaid expansion plan takes center stage on KUAR's podcast, with lawmakers recessed until Tuesday amid a standoff about funding. Jacob Kauffman reports on developments he's covered this week at the Capitol, while Chris Hickey speaks with state agency heads about the impacts to them if the healthcare plan for low income Arkansans isn't renewed.    

The news staff also discusses developments in education this week, the state's jobless rate dropping to an all-time low, and the death of longtime Congressman Ray Thornton.

It's nothing  but Medicaid expansion special session talk on this week's podcast from the KUAR News crew.

We'll take a look at what was and wasn't on the call. Arkansas Works passes with comfortable margins in this week's long-anticipated special session but a bigger hurdle looms for the governor's healthcare plan for over 250,000 Arkansans in next week's fiscal session.

Can the Republican governor unite his party around healthcare expansion made possible by the Affordable Care Act?

On this week's podcast, the KUAR news staff discusses preparations for next week's special session of the Arkansas Legislature on healthcare, the debate over whether the state should continue to elect high court judges and the decision to expand charter schools in Little Rock.

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