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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Arkansas LGBT civil rights took center stage during a pretrial hearing in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday where Judge Doug Martin will consider the constitutionality of Act 137 of 2015. The state law bars Arkansas cities and counties from enacting LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinances. In two rulings Martin set the tone for future proceedings, refusing to stay Fayetteville's non-discrimination ordinance and rejecting another motion by the state to quash depositions of several legislators accused of bias in the sponsoring of Act 137.

Vietnam veteran James Kaelin stands on a dirt road staring into an empty scrub forest once part of Fort Chaffee, a U.S. Army Training camp east of Fort Smith, Arkansas. 

“They won’t even admit to this being a test site to anybody,” Kaelin says. “But I have information showing the Army tested Agent Orange, Agent White and Agent Blue on seven different locations on Fort Chaffee in 1966 and 1967 without knowledge to the general public. It was top secret.”

courtesy / Equifax

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has issued an “urgent warning” to Arkansans to be on alert for hacking and phishing attempts to obtain personal information caused by the Equifax criminal data breach revealed Sept. 7. Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency based in Atlanta, Georgia, maintains information gathered from businesses which contract with the company to conduct consumer credit checks. As many as 1.2 million Arkansans may be affected by the breach.

courtesy: Chris Fischer

The Eureka Springs Native Plant Garden Project, in partnership with Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists and Eureka Springs Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting the 1st Annual Native Plant Fair in Eureka Springs Saturday, September 30th. The free fair will feature a native plant sale, exhibits by area and state plant societies and alliances along with key presentations by native plant experts at the new Eureka Springs Community Center on 44 Kings Highway from 9 am to 5 pm. A guided native plant walk will take place after lunch at Lake Leatherwood Park.

Courtesy: Gina Gallina

An art installation by noted Eureka Springs musician and crochet artist Gina Rose Gallina was destroyed by vandals late last month. Gallina had wrapped the trunks of a half dozen trees standing in the city's North Main Street Music Park with ornate crocheted coverings. Eureka Springs police are attempting to sew up the case.