KUAR's Week In Review Podcast

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Journalists from KUAR reviews the week's news. Contributors include Michael Hibblen, Jacob Kauffman, Sarah Whites-Koditschek, and Chris Hickey.

Episode Date
What's The Skinny
A decisive early Friday vote on a GOP-led Obamacare "skinny" repeal comes up short. Why Arkansas's Senators voted for the failed measure amidst evidence that state public opinion may not be quite on their side.
Jul 28, 2017
Podcast: A Spike In Violent Crime In Little Rock Culminates In Mass Shooting
2017 has seen a sharp increase in violent crime in Little Rock, but the nightclub shooting a week ago that injured 28 people left authorities saying something drastic needed to be done. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has brought together state and federal manpower in a coordinated effort to combat crime in the state's capitol city. We'll discuss what that will involve. Also on the podcast, a proposed ban on the herbicide dicamba, which is blamed for extensive crop damage. And state revenue increases at the end of the budget year, leaving officials who had been nervous a few months ago with a surplus.
Jul 08, 2017
Podcast: Ten Commandments Monument Is Unveiled, Then Destroyed
A controversial Ten Commandments monument was put on display this week at the Arkansas State Capitol, but less than 24 hours later it was destroyed. We'll have an in-depth discussion about what happened to the monument. Also this week we talk about Governor Hutchinson calling for changes to the healthcare bill that for now is stalled in the U.S. Senate. Lately there hasn't been much comment on the topic from Arkansas’s two senators. And we'll look at the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling siding with same-sex couples from Arkansas who wanted the names of both spouses included on the birth certificates of children born through in vitro fertilization.
Jul 01, 2017
Arkansas Officials Praise And Condemn Withdrawal From Climate Accord
Arkansas Republicans are roundly cheering President Trump's decision to join forces with Syria and withdraw from a worldwide climate change accord. Mayors in Little Rock and Fayetteville take a different tone and pledge to keep the course set under the previous administration. The podcast also delves into the first movement in the 2018 U.S. House race in central Arkansas. Paul Spencer launched an exploratory committee as a Democrat and Natashia Burch Hulsey prepares for an independent bid. Tens of thousands of Arkansawyers, Arkansans, and Arkies alike are expected to descend to the riverfront for Riverfest. The festival is turning 40 but the acts are geared toward younger audiences. That's all on this week's Week in Review podcast. Remember to subscribe!
Jun 02, 2017
What Does The President's Budget Mean For Arkansas?
On this week's podcast we take a look at what President Trump's first budget proposal could mean for the poor state of Arkansas. Analysis from political scientist Heather Yates of UCA and reaction from the state's Congressional delegation. The KUAR News crew also takes a look at: - A new task force on tax policy is off and running in the Arkansas Legislature. Tax cuts for the wealthy is the goal of some but at what cost? Is there a will to pay for it by cutting existing exemptions? - The FBI continues and possibly widens an investigation into state lawmakers recieving kickbacks in exchange for directing General Improvement Funds. - Campus carry is the law of the land but some places of higher learning, like UAMS, are seeking exemptions. What do they need to do to get a pass? Thanks for listening to KUAR's Week In Review podcast and make sure to subscribe on iTunes.
May 26, 2017
Trump, Russia & Arkansans In Congress
On this week's podcast: As questions about possible collusion between the Donald J. Trump White House and the Russian government swell to a fever pitch in Washington, we talk Arkansas’s congressional reaction to the firing of the FBI director, the appointment of a special prosecutor and more. -A look toward the 2018 general election. Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other incumbents are in a strong position. What are the big issues? What challenges lie ahead? Who will emerge as the potential challengers? -And we look at the economic impact of spring flooding on Arkansas farmland.
May 19, 2017
Deadly Flooding, Special Legislative Session & Marking The Death Of Tony Alamo
Three big topics on KUAR’s Week-In-Review Podcast: -Record flooding in northern Arkansas prompts a big response to save lives and property. We talk with KASU reporter Johnathan Reaves about what he has seen and calls for improvements to the state’s levees after another failure leaves a town flooded. -The Arkansas General Assembly hold a special session approving changes to the state’s Medicaid expansion program and talking about impeaching Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen for demonstrating against the death penalty. -And reaction to news that former evangelist Tony Alamo, convicted of sexually abusing children at his compound in southwest Arkansas, has died in prison. Sabrina McCormick with KTXK has been talking with many in southwest Arkansas, while we’ll air segments of a 1982 interview former KUAR news and program director Ron Breeding recorded with Alamo and his beliefs.
May 06, 2017
College Football Gets Arkansas To Change Its New Gun Law
This edition of KUAR's Week In Review podcast tackles the winding down of the legislative session. Lawmakers retread the concealed carry debate and carve out an exception for athletic events, UAMS, and the state hospital despite NRA opposition. The online sales tax finally gets past a committee hurdle and the bathroom bill gets pushed aside for another time as does highway funding. The KUAR News team also delves into a nationwide report detailing the health of every county in America. Some places are better than others to live in Arkansas but none shape up too well when looking across state lines. The state continues to gear up to kill eight men in 10 days but legal challenges are emerging in the face of an unprecedented execution schedule. Also, the KUAR News team has a special guest courtesy of Arkansas Public Media.
Mar 31, 2017
More Guns In More Places
On the program: -Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signs a law to eventually bring concealed firearms into college campuses, the state capitol, stadiums and bars. How will the state adapt and who’s raising alarm? -The Governor also puts pen to paper on a law officially separating Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King. -As planned executions for eight state inmates over ten days draws closer, we look at failed efforts to outlaw or limit capital punishment in Arkansas. -And a look at new effort that features some top cinematic talent hoping to foster a greater film community in the state.
Mar 24, 2017
Bills Headed To Governor: Expanded Concealed Carry, Ending Dual King-Lee Holiday
On this week's podcast, two bills are awaiting the governor's signature. One got final approval late Friday afternoon, capping years of debate about whether the state should end the practice of having dual recognition of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on the same day. The other greatly expands where concealed handguns can be carried. We also discuss how two Congressmen from Arkansas helped advance a Republican proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. And we have the latest on eight executions scheduled over a 10-day period next month.
Mar 18, 2017
Arkansas Prepping For Healthcare's Big Changes
On this week's podcast the KUAR News team tackles the emerging overhaul of healthcare at the both federal and state level. The Speaker of the House is moving forward with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act but Arkansas's congressional delegation has plenty of reservations about the replacement plan. On the same as the national GOP plan unveiling, Governor Asa Hutchinson released his plan to seek new changes to Medicaid Expansion. The Republican governor's proposed waivers to the Affordable Care Act enabled plan could cost 60,000 low-income residents insurance coverage. Also on the podcast: - The Legislature does heavy lifting for guns on campus; privately-run education; a new gas tax; and wine sales. Meanwhile marijuana restrictions fall flat and the bill filing deadline has brought out some eye-catchers. - The Mexican Consulate in Little Rock reaches out to help a Trump-wary population. - The Arkansas Education Television Network has a new a director on the way at a time when
Mar 10, 2017
Podcast: Congressmen In the Hot Seat And A Close Shave At KUAR
Chris Hickey and Karen Tricot Steward take a deep-dive into some of the top stories in Arkansas this week, including angry constituents at town hall meetings and a Supreme Court decision to strike down a local anti-discrimination law. Plus: Why KUAR interim general manager Nathan Vandiver, once champion of a beard-growing contest, has reservations about entering again.
Feb 25, 2017
Podcast: Legislature On Guns, Bathrooms And Tort Reform,
On this week's podcast the KUAR news team digs into a few of the bigger issues facing the Arkansas Legislature, including guns on college campuses, a bathroom bill and its possible impact on tourism, and abortion restrictions that are advancing. We also talk about some non-legislative matters, including an effort to address crime in the state and details of this year's Johnny Cash Heritage Festival to be held this time in his boyhood hometown of Dyess.
Feb 18, 2017
Week In Review Podcast: LGBT Rights In Court, Legislative Review, Online Sales Tax, & More
The KUAR News team took a look back at the week's top news in the latest installment of the Week In Review Podcast. The State Supreme Court looks at the future of LGBTQ rights as a Fayetteville ordinance is challenged by the state. In the Legislature: a deadline for Constitutional Amendments; abortion rights; and sanctuary campuses. Legislation in Arkansas to require online retailers to collect sales tax is moving forward, but a separate effort in Washington D.C. has a tougher road. Update: Amazon voluntarily said it will begin collecting sales tax in Arkansas starting in March. Plus a centennial voting anniversary for Arkansas women and a poetry slam at the state Legislature.
Feb 10, 2017
KUAR Podcast: Tax Cut Signed, Legislative Update & John Cain Birthday
The top story this week: Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs his $50 million tax cut for low income Arkansans into law. But a disappointing state revenue report the following day prompts talk of budget cuts. We also have a full wrap up of legislative activities, including advancement of a bill that would require colleges to allow firearms on campuses and a debate over Sharia law that came up during consideration of another bill. We wrap up with the full interview recorded with longtime radio jazz host and preservationist John Cain about his life as he celebrated his 80th birthday.
Feb 04, 2017
Week In Review Podcast: Abortion, Voter ID, Trump's First Week & More
This week, on KUAR’s Week In Review Podcast: - The governor signs into law a ban on a commonly-used second trimester abortion procedure. - Arkansas’s primary may be moving back to May and a few wrenches are thrown in the works of the state’s nascent medical marijuana program. - Voter ID, Higher Education funding changes, and the governor’s tax cuts advance in week three of the legislative session. - Arkansas officials are taking in week one of a Donald Trump presidency. What they have to say on trade, pipelines and immigration. - So long UALR, hello UA Little Rock. And, a Trojan heads from European basketball to the NBA’s minor league.
Jan 27, 2017
Podcast: New President, Legislative Update and LRSD Announces School Closings
This time on KUAR's Week-In-Review Podcast: The 45th President of the United States is sworn into office. We’ll talk with central Arkansas's Congressman about what he wants to see President Trump's first days. It’s week two of the 91st Arkansas General Assembly. We'll have an update on several bills involving tax cuts, food stamp restrictions, ethics bills, the lottery, and abortion restrictions. And finally the Little Rock School District announces plans to close several schools, getting outrage from many parents.
Jan 21, 2017
Week In Review Podcast: Legislature Convenes, Power Plays, Tax Cuts, ACA & MLK/Lee
Welcome to another edition of KUAR's Week In Review podcast where the KUAR News team takes a look at the news from the week that was. In the state’s Capitol, the 91 st General Assembly convenes: tax cuts, partisan power plays, marijuana, and dinosaurs… In the nation’s Capitol, first steps are taken to repeal the Affordable Care Act. What does it mean for Arkansas? This Monday could be the last time Arkansas celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day as Robert E. Lee. But will anyone step up to lead the charge to separate the two? Thanks for listening and taking an interest in the news from Arkansas this week. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
Jan 13, 2017
Week In Review Podcast: Legislative Preview, Bribery, U.S. Congress, Cotton-Russia-Trump, & Facebook
Huddle up by the fireplace and tune into this week's Week in Review podcast from the KUAR News team. This week we highlight some of what to look for in next week's legislative session, a bribery case in NWA with potentially far reaching implications, the opening of the U.S. Congress, Tom Cotton's take on Russian hacks, and a new state partnership with Facebook. Take a listen and make sure to subscribe to the podcast this year to keep up to date with state news at large and all the happenings from the state legislature during the upcoming session.
Jan 06, 2017
Week-In-Review Podcast: Birth Certificates Ruling, Implementing Rx-Marijuana, Medicaid & Legislature
The KUAR news staff breaks down a busy week, including: How Arkansas is implementing medical marijuana after last month's election with reaction from the man who spearheaded the campaign; The state Supreme Court tosses out a judge's ruling involving birth certificates for the children of same-sex couples. We talk with plaintiff Marissa Pavan; Gov. Asa Hutchinson gets word the federal government has approved proposed changes to the state's Medicaid expansion program, though one aspect doesn't go as far as he'd like; The governor presents a plan to allow people to go to two-year colleges for in-demand fields without paying a cent if they abide by certain conditions; And a look at some of the bills being filed for the coming session of the Arkansas Legislature. You can listen to the podcast above or Subscribe on iTunes .
Dec 10, 2016