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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On today’s show, for most of us, mask-wearing has become a necessary inconvenience during the COVID-19 pandemic, but for deaf Americans who lipread, masks are a real nuisance.  Plus, producing a TV show during a pandemic means change, both bad and surprisingly good. Also, Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics reviews a week of pandemic-related financial news and Becca Martin-Brown from The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette helps us with entertainment plans for the week ahead. 

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September 4, 2020 3 p.m. — Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson at his daily coronavirus press briefing on Friday, staged at Unity Health White County Regional Medical Center in Searcy, announced a record rise of new positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas — 1,094 — along with a record number of COVID-19 tests conducted over the 24-hour period, 11,254. Arkansas, now has 5,755 active cases. Total cases diagnosed since the pandemic began in Arkansas is 64,175 cases.

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Seven months into the global pandemic, most of us have grown accustomed to wearing cloth or surgical face masks to help prevent the spread of a COVID-19, but for individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired and rely on lipreading to understand what's being said to them, masks pose a serious communication barrier. At least there is a clear solution, experts say. 

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After several years of comprehensive planning, the Buffalo National River is in the final stages of drawing up visitor service improvements for the Boxley Valley area. According to Buffalo National River Public Information Officer Cassie Branstetter, the plan has completed enviromental review. Historic Boxley Valley is popular for both floating and elk viewing. 

On today’s show, the Arkansas Department of Health is reinstating expiration dates for medical marijuana registry cards. Plus, the University of Arkansas is posting campus COVID-19 active case data on a new online dashboard, how COVID-19 is changing how we pick up litter, and much more.

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The University of Arkansas is posting active COVID-19 case data on campus on a new online dashboard. The Pat Walker Health Center, which serves the medical needs of the campus community, hosts the site, which also contains information on campus-wide prevention and preparation. Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations Mark Rushing explains how the dashboard works. 

 

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing as schools across the state wrap up their first week of in-person and virtual learning. Plus, we catch up with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics about this week's news out the River Valley. And, we meet the new executive director of the Arkansas ACLU.

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Long-time legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union — Arkansas affiliate, Holly Dickson, has been selected to serve as executive director. Dickson assumes the positive during a global pandemic which ACLU declares is "laying bare the systemic oppression at the root of inequality in America." 

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing, which also included information about the impact Hurricane Laura will have on Arkansas as it barrels into the Gulf of Mexico. Plus, we have an update on an effort to abolish the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission. And, we head to XNA which is seeing more travelers following the slump in air travel at the start of the pandemic.

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A controversial ballot initiative petition to abolish the 40-year old Eureka Springs Historic District Commission, which had been invalidated, has garnered enough signatures to appear on this year's General Election ballot. 

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