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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A special compact treaty between the United States and several Pacific Island nations allows natives to freely travel to and work in the U.S. But under President Trump's new immigration enforcement rules, compact migrants are at certain risk for deportation. We seek legal insight from an expert immigration attorney. 

On today’s show a man who knows what its like to help execute a prisoner; we continue our discussions about the death penalty as Arkansas prepares to resume capital punishment next week. Plus, a new report places the Buffalo River on a list of endangered waterways, and our Militant Grammarian offers sympathy for those confused by the rules involved with the English language.

Photo courtesy Teresa Turk

The national conservation group, American Rivers based in Washington D.C., has listed the Buffalo National River among the top ten endangered rivers in the United States. We query Arkansas Parks and Tourism about how this status might impair the states' tourism economy. We also talk with Teresa Turk, an independent scientist who has been monitoring water quality in the watershed. Teresa Turk will present new results from her Buffalo River water quality research April 25th, at the Boone County Public Library at 5:30pm.

On today's program, we learn about a new feral swine control law in Arkansas aimed at curbing the prevalence of the pests in the state. We also hear what researchers in Boston discovered about vaccine compliance in northwest Arkansas following last year's mumps outbreak.

courtesy Doug Stowe

A feral swine control bill sponsored by Arkansas Republican Representative Kim Hammer, District 28-Benton was approved by the state legislature in late March. The measure creates a feral hog eradication task force involving a dozen state agencies. Wild Russian swine, imported and released by game hunters, are reproducing in Arkansas in such numbers that they are wreaking havoc on forests, homesteads and farms.