Arkansas Week: New State And Federal Healthcare Proposals

I joined the panel for AETN’s Arkansas Week, with the top issue being proposed changes Gov. Asa Hutchinson is requesting from the federal government for the state’s Arkansas Works Medicaid expansion program. About 331,000 Arkansans are covered right now, but that would be reduced by about 60,000 as he wants to lower the income cap for eligibility. We also discuss reaction in Arkansas to the plan presented in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal and replace President Obama’s signature healthcare law, and have the latest in the Arkansas Legislature concerning guns, unused school buildings and expanding wine sales in grocery stores.


For 15 years this has been my home on the web. It started as an online portfolio documenting my career in radio, with audio of some of the bigger news stories I’ve covered and photos from each station or network. Eventually I started adding unrelated items that interested me, including railroads, photography and literature.

But the original platform hadn’t changed much since my former college roommate Tim Edens helped me put this online in 2002. I added some media players and made other minor modifications, but the website had become woefully outdated by modern standards. Admittedly, I had also let it become dormant over the last year. So I’ve decided to start from scratch and rebuild it. Maybe I can compare the process to an IHOP restaurant near my house in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the corner of University Avenue and Markham Street. I was surprised to see it bulldozed recently and now it’s being rebuilt on a much larger scale with part of it to feature a second floor. At a certain point, rather than making minor repairs, I guess they decided it was best to just teared it down and rebuild.

That’s what I’m doing here, though I am reposting older material. I also hope to greatly expand the website by adding a lot of additional interviews, photos and more on a wide range of topics I have reported on or just find interesting. The website is also now available in a form that can work on different platforms, including mobile devices. If you get a 404: Page Not Found, audio files that don’t play, or you find other errors, please bear with me! I hope to have everything up and running by the end of March. Thanks for stopping by!

The Legislature Dominates Discussion on AETN’s Arkansas Week, Jan. 27, 2017.

I joined the panel of AETN’s Arkansas Week, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, on the third week of this year’s Arkansas General Assembly. Key issues were Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s tax cut plan getting passage in both chambers, while a proposal for an earned income tax credit from Democratic Rep. Warwick Sabin was rejected. Bills concerning abortion, higher education funding and medical marijuana were also discussed, as was the possible impact to Arkansas of trade policies from Pres. Donald Trump.