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 speak with Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston about the state of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program after the passage of a third federal stimulus bill. Plus, we learn about a number of bills making their way through the Arkansas legislature, including a proposal that would allow college-level athletes to make money off of their name, voice, signature, photograph or likeness. And, we head to southwest Benton County where the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is preserving three parcels of land in historic Springtown.

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We head to historic Springtown in southwest Benton County where Marson Nance, director of land protection and stewardship for the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, takes us on a site tour of three historic parcels of land, including Flint Creek Headwaters Preserve, that are now protected for future generations.

On today's show, we hear from leaders in the Cherokee and Chickasaw Nations about why they're making the COVID-19 vaccine available to anyone in the general public. Plus, we head to Centerton where birding experts are opposing a real estate and golf development because migratory and native birds rely on a constructed wetland nearby. And, we find out how a team of University of Arkansas educators plans to use a grant from the National Science Foundation to get more math and science teachers into classrooms.

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Approval for a proposed Lindsey real estate and golf development called the "Links at Centerton" was tabled after a public hearing by the Centerton Planning Commssion and Board of Zoning this week, pending review by Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, which operates the Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery close by. Birding experts oppose the project saying migratory and native birds rely on the constructed wetland. Hundreds of nearby residents also oppose the development citing traffic congestion.

On today's show, we get a breakdown of the programs that will be available to businesses, families and individuals following the passage of the American Rescue Plan, which is the third federal stimulus package of the pandemic. Plus, we learn about a bill that would reduce voting hours on Saturdays and close voting centers and polling places in Arkansas on Mondays before Election Day. And, we have part two of our conversation with Randy Dixon of the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History about what it's like to be the First Lady of Arkansas.

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Arkansas state Sen. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, has filed Senate Bill 485, which would reduce voting hours on Saturdays and close voting centers and polling places in Arkansas on Mondays before Election Day. Hammer says his measure will allow county election commissions to better prepare for Election Day, as well as check for any voting irregularities. Arkansas voting rights advocates claim such a law will make it harder to early vote.  

 

On today's show, we check in with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics, who tells us not enough supply is driving up both demand and prices in the Arkansas River Valley housing market. Plus, we speak with a researcher at UAMS Northwest about creating a new "centering" pregnancy program to help resolve chronic maternal health disparities experienced by Marshallese women. And, we head to Fort Smith where, after three years, a nonprofit cat rescue moves from Facebook page to shelter facility with community space instead of cages.

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Britni Ayers, an assistant professor in the College of Medicine at UAMS Northwest uses a community-engaged approach, working with UAMS Marshallese health care staff, to research Marshallese prenatal health, birthing, breastfeeding and infant feeding practices. She is creating a novel "centering" pregnancy pilot program to help resolve chronic maternal health disparities experienced by Marshallese women.

On today's show, we speak with two Washington County justices of the peace about what they believe are the best uses for $4.5 in CARES Act reimbursement funding as the Quorum Court remains deeply divided on the issue. Plus, we find out why the Democratic Party of Arkansas is once again lowering its candidate filing fees. And, we learn about the rare white American bison that now resides at nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Missouri.

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This winter, a juvenile white American bison joined a herd of brown bison pastured for public view on Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. The 10,000 acre private conservation area located a half hour northeast of Eureka Springs, contains a wealth of natural history and wildlife and is open to the public every day. 

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