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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The Buffalo National River Park Service is investigating a break in at Fitton Cave on park property in Newton County. The locked and gated cave system, one of the largest in the state, serves as a valuable research site for geologists and wildlife conservationists, but has sustained significant damage. The park service is asking the public to help identify those responsible by calling: 1-888-653-0009, logging online to www.nps.gov/ISB or emailing a tip to nps_isb@nps.gov.  

On today's show, we hear from renters who are facing eviction because of nonpayment due to COVID-19 and the advocates who are trying to help people stay in their homes. Plus, we go into the archives of the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History for a look back at presidential visits to Arkansas. And, we head up to the Mt. Sequoyah Center to find out more about the isolation quarters they're providing to University of Arkansas students who've tested positive for coronavirus.

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Mt. Sequoyah Center in Fayetteville is providing isolation quarters to a small number of University of Arkansas students who’ve tested positive for COVID-19. Founded a century ago as a church retreat, the historic center now operates as a creative, educational and recreational place for the community — and during the pandemic as a secure quarantine space.

On today's show, we check in with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics. He discusses home sales and the state's hospitality industry. Plus, we get a preview of the newest exhibit at The Momentary in Bentonville that focuses on racism and gun violence. And, we head to Zinc, Arkansas where residents share the true history of the town, which has recently attracted negative attention because of its proximity to a chapter of the KKK.

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Sept. 11, 2020 4:00 p.m. — Hosting his daily coronavirus press briefing in Mena on the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain campus in Mena, Arkansas Governor Asa announced 1,107 new positive cases of COVID-19, a record number in a 24- hour period. It could be related to the previous Labor Day holiday he said, with increased socializing, but warned it’s too early to tell. Of that number, 225 positive cases came from one single commercial lab which sent a large number of results at one time. 

“I expect a spike,” Hutchinson said. “And we’ll see this pattern, a decline and then a high shoot up.”

Arkansas Sec. of Health Jose Romero reported 67,911 total positive cases since the pandemic began, of those 5,713 are active. Fewer people are now on ventilators, he said, which number six, with no new hospitalizations, currently at 392. Romero attributes the use of steriods, antiviral drugs, and convalescent plasma for fewer hospitalized on ventilators, currently at 7. Thirteen more Arkansans have died, he said, for a total of 953. Over 7,800, tests conducted in the last 24 hour period, 2,400 were by public health departments. Of 459 antigen tests, 78 were positive. 

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The isolated eastern Boone County town of Zinc is often cited as headquarters to the Knights Party, a Ku Klux Klan faction which operates a compound several miles north. For the first time residents, including a local history writer, have come forward to claim no association with the KKK or any other hate group and are sharing the true history of Zinc.

On today's show, we head to Springdale where the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese has opened a new pantry that stocks foods Pacific Islanders prefer and need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, we discuss the evolution of what it means to be a conservative with a professor at the University of Arkansas ahead of his lecture on the subject next week. And, we find out what the state's tourism and hospitality industries will need to survive the pandemic.

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A new food pantry specifically for Marshallese families in Northwest Arkansas has opened. The pantry, which stocks foods that Pacific Islanders prefer and need, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was established a few weeks ago by Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, headquartered in Springdale, and is coordinated by Faith Laukon.

On today's show, we find out how a local group called Vote Safe Arkansas is partnering with Northwest Arkansas election commissions to make sure everyone can vote safely in the General Election. Plus, we learn how the pandemic has changed the way substitute teachers work with some local school districts. And, we hear about how Bridge the Gap is working to connect with militia groups in Arkansas during a cookout in Harrison over Labor Day weekend.

Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox has stopped a temporary 30-year $18 annual tax levied against property owners in the six-county Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District. The court-ordered tax has been collected since 2018 to pay off investors in the district's failed regional garbage dump, as well as the Arkansas Department of Environmental Qualilty to clean it up. Fred Woehl, Jr., OMSWD board chair and Boone County Justice of the Peace, provides insight.