Renea Goddard

Intern, KUAR News

Renea Baek Goddard is an intern in KUAR's 2019 fall internship program.

A former part-time host at KUAR and Arkansas Public Media's 2017 Douthit Scholar, Renea is a mass communications major at UA Little Rock, studying multimedia journalism with a minor in anthropology.

She currently works at Lucie's Place, a local nonprofit serving LGBT homeless youth, and is the newest contributing writer at Autostraddle magazine. Renea plans to continue working at nonprofits and wants to pursue freelance journalism. She enjoys writing about culture, politics, media, and social issues.

A deer in the woods.
National Park Service

As the number of deer roaming within Little Rock city limits steadily increases to the point of posing health and safety risks to residents, the city’s Board of Directors will consider allowing an urban deer hunt. The method of wildlife control has been successfully employed in a handful of other cities in Arkansas.

Such hunts allow those with hunting licenses to pursue deer within the city by archery only. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Deer Program Coordinator Ralph Meeker will present three options for urban deer hunt programs to the board on Tuesday.

(Left to right) Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, director of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute Cheryl May, Colleen Nick, Arkansas state Rep. Rebecca Petty and AMBER Alert National Coordinator Derek VanLuchene at Thursday's press conference ann
Renea Goddard / KUAR News

In 1995, the abduction of a six-year-old girl named Morgan Nick from a ballpark in Alma, Arkansas made national headlines. 24 years later, her mother Colleen Nick stood at the podium during a press conference in the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock Thursday, alongside officials from the AMBER Alert program, the Arkansas State Police, and the Attorney General’s Office, to formally recognize Arkansas as the first state in the nation to achieve certification for its multi-agency Child Abduction Response Teams (CARTs).

File photo: Gov. Asa Hutchinson presenting part of his Arkansas Works plan, the state's version of Medicaid expansion.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Thousands of Arkansans are at risk of losing their healthcare coverage this weekend for failing to comply with a recently enacted work requirement for the state's Medicaid expansion program. The deadline is Friday at 5 p.m.

August is the third month that a work requirement has been in place for the Arkansas Works program. Enrollees who fail to report three months in a row will lose their coverage on the first day of the following month. That means those who haven't reported anything will be cut from the program on Saturday.

Judge Mark Derrick
Bad Government In Arkansas Blog

A civil rights organization has filed a lawsuit alleging that an Arkansas district court judge is running an illegal “debtors’ prison” in White County. The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law contends that Judge Mark Derrick not only imposes excessive fines without evaluating the ability of defendants to pay, but also jails defendants for nonpayment 30 days at a time.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six plaintiffs, all residents of White County, who say they have been jailed or otherwise threatened with legal punishment for being unable to pay court-ordered fines.