KUAR's Week In Review Podcast

Journalists from the KUAR and Arkansas Public Media news departments review the week's news. Contributors include Michael Hibblen, Jacob Kauffman, Chris Hickey, Karen Tricot Steward, Bobby Ampazzan and Sarah Whites-Koditschek.

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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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This week, the KUAR News staff discusses Tuesday's presidential primary elections, and reaction from Gov. Asa Hutchinson as Donald Trump continues to gain momentum. We also have interviews with Sen. John Boozman and his Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge on the president's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, highlights from Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola's State of the City address and UALR's victory in round one of the NCAA championshihp.

  • The governor releases a $5.3 billion budget but it's all up in the air with the issue of Medicaid expansion still unresolved.
  • Getting to the other side of the road, the replacement of the Broadway Bridge in downtown Little Rock hits a highwater snag.
  • The LRSD braces for even more charter school expansion.

On this week's podcast, a look at Tuesday's primary election and what it means going forward in the race for president, the state's Medicaid expansion program and a discussion with singer-song writer Rosanne Cash who took part in a fundraiser Thursday at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion to benefit her father Johnny Cash's boyhood home.

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The week before Arkansas’s primary has the KUAR staff talking all things primary for this edition of the Week in Review podcast.

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