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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On today's program, we hear about the proposed changes to the state's Freedom of Information Act, which turns 50 this year. Also, we hear from the Akakaze Quartet, and we hear about some of their music that cemented the band's spot in the 11th annual Bucharest International Jazz Competition.

Two joint resolutions sponsored by Arkansas Republican Senator Jason Rapert calling for a Convention of States to propose, under the power of Article V, amendments to the U.S. Constitution to redefine marriage as between one man and one woman and that life begins at conception-- effectively banning abortion--passed the Arkansas Senate, but failed in the House of Representatives late Tuesday.

In February, Senator Rapert, District 35, Conway made his case for social change to the Arkansas Senate.

“It’s kinda like sittin’ there and somebody’s attacking the house," he said. "They’re coming through the front door, and you got a shot gun over in the corner and you know you can use a shot gun to stop the aggressor. But you don’t go pick up the shotgun to stop the aggressor. Pick it up. Article 5. Pick it up. Propose an amendment. Pick it up. And stand up for what you believe in.”

On today's program, a look at tactical urbanism and how the design technique is transforming downtown streets and intermodal corridors in Fayetteville. Also, we hear about the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's plans to update the I-49 interchange at Wedington Drive, and we learn about a recent report that suggests the University of Arkansas -Fort Smith has an economic impact of more than $300 million

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Tactical Urbanism techniques in Fayetteville are transforming downtown streets into pleasant and interesting intermodal corridors. 

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Amanda Aristondo, who pastors a Bentonville church, and her husband Jose--Guatemalan nationals living on expired visas in Northwest Arkansas--face deportation under expedited immigration orders newly issued by the Trump administration. A vigil was staged by Arkansas United Community Coalition outside ICE headquarters in Fayetteville as the couple were meeting with ICE agents.