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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This winter, the Arkansas legislature passed a law requiring public school buses to be equipped with seat belts. The bill was later amended to accommodate district budgets. The law goes into effect in 2018, but this fall, Fayetteville Public Schools is running a fleet of buses equipped with belts, the first in the state to do so.

courtesy: Human Rights Campaign

Because comprehensive civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans don't exist at the federal level, more cities and towns are passing ordinances prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ residents in housing, employment and public accommodations. Last month, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index assessing 506 U.S. cities and towns, including eight in Arkansas.

After voting to eliminate postal ballots late last year, Republic of the Marshall Islands Parliament is considering reinstating mail-in election ballots for offshore Marshallese voters, most of whom live in northwest Arkansas.

Courtesy: Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, University of Arkansas Special Collections

More than a hundred secret Ku Klux Klan chapters organized across Arkansas in the early 1920s, including ten in northwest Arkansas. That’s according to new findings by Arkansas historian Kenneth Barnes, after he discovered a rare membership roll for a KKK chapter headquartered in Bentonville. He's traced all the members of the list, as well as why and where the KKK took root in Arkansas in the early 20th century. We also meet a Bentonville Klan descendant who discusses his newfound family legacy.

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A festive Eureka Springs historic neighborhood has attracted more and more Halloween trick-or-treaters with each passing year -- many of them are families now coming from outlying rural low-income communities. To supply enough treats to the children, neighbors last year banded together to establish a special "Candy Bank." But this year, things are looking a bit spooky given the Eureka Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission has branded the town "Halloween City."