Jacqueline Froelich

KUAF Reporter, "Ozarks at Large" and NPR Correspondent

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards. 

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Many millions more U.S. veterans, including those not presently enrolled in VA health benefits, will be able to access no-cost COVID-19 vaccinations administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, under the new Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans and Every Spouse Act, or SAVE LIVES ActKelvin Parks, medical director of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, explains how the new law will work. 

On today's show, we head to Bentonville where residents are voting in a special election to extend a band that would support the funding of infrastructure and public safety improvement projects. Plus, we speak with a doctor from the University of Oklahoma about overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Oklahoma and elsewhere. And, we find out why some environmentalists say karst designations are critical to conserving watersheds as the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service considers removing the term from its National Handbook of Conservation Practices.

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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is calling for public comment on a proposal to remove the term “karst” from its National Handbook of Conservation Practices, regarding sinkholes. Ozarks environmental consultant Dane Schumacher says karst designations are critical to conserving watersheds. The deadline to comment has been extended to Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021.

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By a simple majority, Republican members of the Arkansas House and Senate voted Tuesday to overturn a veto issued the previous day by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of a bill banning gender-affirming medical care for trans youth. The governor said the law is extreme and places children at risk. Arkansas is now the first state in the nation to enact such a ban.

On today's show, we take a look back the COVID-19 pandemic numbers from March with the assistant editors of ArkansasCovid.com. Plus, we hear from the governor about why he decided to veto a bill that would ban transgender minors in Arkansas from receiving gender-affirming healthcare. And, we learn about how, after more than two decades of research, an international team of researchers identified a key component in the creation of a toxin that killed dozens of bald eagles on Arkansas lakes.

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Since Gov. Asa Hutchinson's briefing Monday afternoon, Arkansas lawmakers have overturned his veto of the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act, which bans gender-affirming medical care to transgender minors. During the media conference, Hutchinson said the bill is "extreme" and an overreach of government.

 

 

On today's show, we hear from advocates who believe certain adults with cognitive or intellectual disabilities should be allowed supportive decision-making rights instead of more restrictive guardianships. Plus, we have details on the approach the University of Arkansas is taking toward masks after the governor lifted the state's mask mandate several days ago. And, we learn about an Arkansas political machine who eventually wrote a book titled How I Stole Elections.

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A bill that would allow certain adults with cognitive or intellectual disabilities to have supportive decision-making rights, rather than more restrictive guardianships, failed to progress in the Arkansas legislature. Advocates say supportive decision-making laws are trending and have been enacted in 13 states, so they plan to press forward with similar measures in Arkansas.

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On today's show, we speak with a local family practice physician about a bill, which is now on the governor's desk, that would prohibit transgender minors from receiving gender-affirming health care. Plus, we learn about an Arkansas Department of Agriculture initiative that provided oak tree seedlings to families and friends of Arkansans who have died of COVID-19. And, we check in with University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe and host of Sound Perimeter to discuss her other musical passions.

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