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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Northwest Arkansas School Choice, which promotes educational options, held its second annual festival in Springdale Saturday at the Jones Center featuring public school districts, public-enrollment charter school operators and an array of private schools. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was also on hand to kick off National School Choice Week in Arkansas.

  

In December, Governor Asa Hutchinson issued a memorandum to Col. Bill Bryant, director of Arkansas State Police as well as to state prosecutors declaring that the open carry of a handguns is protected by law and allowed, except for unlawful use and in certain restricted places. The governor wrote that the purpose of his guidance was to resolve confusion regarding the state’s gun possession law, amended five years ago.

The statute, as written, however remains open to interpretation.

courtesy: Arkansas Forestry Commission

Joe Fox, director of the Arkansas Forestry Commission, provides a wildfire outlook for the coming year in light of disastrous fires late last year that consumed California coastal regions as well as several Smokey Mountains National Park communities.

This report has been updated to reflect a recent regulatory filing.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality late Wednesday denied a new permit to C&H Hog Farms, the state's largest industrial swine breeding facility to maintain operations in rural Newton County. Opponents of the swine farm constructed in 2013 along Big Creek, a major tributary to the Buffalo National River, claim the farm is gravely polluting the watershed and have fought for five years to shut it down.

C&H Hog Farms owners are appealing ADEQ's decision.

courtesy: Peter Nierengarten

The city of Fayetteville, in collaboration with the Arkansas Sierra Club and other stakeholders, has pledged to implement a timeline on which the city will shift to using 100 percent clean renewable energy. The effort is part of the city's comprehensive Energy Action Plan.

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