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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On this week's podcast, we discuss Governor Asa Hutchinson's Summit calling on the faithful to help address a lack of foster care beds and the difficulties parolees face in the state. We look at the strategy of state regulators tasked with implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. We talk about the visit to Little Rock of Dr. Ben Carson, the fourth Republican Presidential candidate to come through Arkansas. And there's a new state Supreme Court Justice in town, who is he?

The top story this week: Gov. Asa Hutchinson lays out a seven-point plan to continue the state's participation in the Medicaid expansion through the private option, though officials also resume sending cancellation notices to those who didn't respond to verification request.

This week the KUAR News team discusses Arkansas’s plan to resume executions, a consent decree over the 2013 oil spill in Mayflower, new terms of negotiation for the teachers’ union in Little Rock, Arkansas’s rank as first in the nation for cutting the uninsured rate since the Affordable Care Act, a visit from 2016 GOP contender Ted Cruz, and a campaign to restore the home of Daisy Bates.

On this week's podcast, KUAR news staffers discuss cancelations to Arkansans covered by Medicaid or the private option, a potential defense for justices of the peace who don't want to conduct same-sex weddings, how former Governor Mike Huckabee fared in the Republican presidential debate and reaction to final rules for the Clean Power Plan.

This is our longest podcast yet, but we had a lot of important and interesting items to discuss this week. We really want to hear from you if you slogged it out to the finish line.

This week the KUAR news staff discusses a couple of new state laws. One bans cities and counties from enforcing ordinances like anti-discrimination measures on sexual orientation or gender identity. Another makes "rehoming" a felony. Task forces looking into Common Core standards and computer science in public schools are making progress. And a look at monuments to the Confederacy in Arkansas.

On this week's edition, we'll have a look at what a much anticipated report on the foster care system offers to those children forced to sleep in DHS offices. As Arkansas continues to grapple with a healthcare overhaul, what steps is the state considering? And as expected, Arkansas's Congressional delegation has no love for the President's nuclear deal with Iran. 

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On KUAR's Week-In-Review Podcast, the news staff discusses ongoing talks between Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders over the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling, an appeals court refusing to reconsider its ruling on a 12 week abortion ban, the state Board of Educations' approval of a change for standardized testing, Rep. Bruce Westerman getting passage of a bill on managing forests and work being completed on a $150 million project to rebuild Little Rock's Big Rock Interchange.

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KUAR's news staff reviews the week a little early, in advance of the extended 4th of July holiday weekend.

Lethal injection gets a second life in Arkansas, a pair of Purple Hearts for victims of an act of terrorism on Arkansas soil, counties start to tally the number of marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples, Little Rock's long-time performance hall makes it to a renovation checkpoint on time, a hiccup in the governor's plans for Common Core, and Confederate flags get unfurled for the 4th of July.

Two major rulings this week by the U.S. Supreme Court dominate the discussion on KUAR's Week-In-Review podcast this week. 

On Thursday, the court let stand a major provision of the Affordable Care Act, saying federal subsidies can go to states like Arkansas which did not set up state-run exchanges, but instead partner with a federal exchange. The news staff discusses the ruling and has reaction from state legislatures.