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, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing as many students across Arkansas resume in-person classes. Plus, we head to Springdale where a biotechnology firm has developed a rapid COVID-19 antibody test. We find out how it works. And, we check in with a Fayetteville student and the Rogers School District superintendent as they both prepare for the reopening of schools.

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Springdale-based medical diagnostic biotechnology firm, NOWDiagnostics, has developed a rapid COVID-19 antibody test. The test, which is pending approval for emergency use by the FDA, will be made available to clinics, labs and for at-home use. It requires a drop of blood and provides results within 15 minutes.

On today's show, we have the latest updates from the governor's coronavirus response briefing as students and teachers prepare to head back to school on Monday. Plus, we discuss the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Sebastian County in our weekly conversation with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics. And, we find out how the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement will be tracking cases in school districts across the state. We also speak with the superintendent of Siloam Springs Public Schools about how the district has been preparing for Aug. 24.

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August 21, 2020 3:30 p.m. — Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson at his daily coronavirus press briefing in Little Rock Friday announced a record 22 deaths due to COVID-19, the highest number in a single day since a global pandemic was declared in Arkansas, for a total of 663 deaths. Eleven occurred in nursing home facilities, which Arkansas Sec. of Health Jose Romero said draws attention to the need for protecting vulnerable populations, given nearly 40 percent of Americans who’ve died from COVID-19 resided in nursing homes.

In addition to town and city level COVID-19 data, the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement in Little Rock is now also posting school district data. The interactive map reveals both active and community cases by district. ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson details how it works, and how it will help. 

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we speak with Arkansas Secretary of Education Johnny Key as public schools get ready to reopen to students on Aug. 24. And, we find out how you can weigh in on revisions and updates to water quality policies and regulations drafted by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

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Public comment on revisions and updates to two technical water quality policies, as well as a key regulation, drafted by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality with stakeholder review, is being accepted through the end of this month. Arkansas water quality expert and stakeholder, Teresa Turk, provides critical analysis.

On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefing, which he delivered from Blytheville. Plus, we hear from the superintendent of Fort Smith Public Schools as students get ready to return to class on Aug. 24. And, we find out about a pitch competition that will take the place of this year's Startup Junkie Startup Crawl.

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A proposal by Eureka Springs City Council Member Harry Meyer to strictly limit Confederate flag decorations in the town cemetery was met by angry opposition at a cemetery commission meeting last week. The proposal aims to stop a Neo-Confederate group from placing permanent Confederate flags on Confederate veterans' graves. 

 

On today’s show, college students are moving onto campus in preparation for University of Arkansas fall classes starting a week from today during a global pandemic. We learn how the U of A has prepared. Plus, we bring you all the news from November 1975, courtesy of the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History. And, we celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by partnering with the League of Women Voters of Washington County for a week of personal stories about the impact of voting.

 

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