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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We hear about the latest point-in-time survey of homelessness in northwest Arkansas, we listen again to a conversation regarding diversity issues in northwest Arkansas, and we learn about Lyme disease and ticks in Arkansas.

On this edition of Ozarks, the rise of industry-induced earthquakes. Plus, UAFS prepares for the emerging field of unmanned aircraft systems. And Danny Malone performs inside the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio. 

Dirk DeTurck sits in a rocker on the front porch of his rural Conway home, nervously smoking a cigarette. The retired native New Yorker and U.S. military veteran says his neighborhood, filled with petroleum field workers, is not where he intended to settle when he moved to Arkansas. He gazes north towards the Ozark foothills. In 2004 that's where he built his 5,000 square-foot dream homestead on six acres perched atop a mountain ridge in between the towns of Guy and Greenbrier in Faulkner County.

On today’s show, as the population of northwest Arkansas grows, so does the homeless population of the region. Plus the deadline for legislative bills to be filed is over, but the debate for many of those bills at the Capitol goes on. And one for the forty under forty to watch focuses on the future.

Arkansas State Representative Jeff Williams and State Senator Lance Eads, both of Springdale on Monday filed a House Concurrent Resolution encouraging Governor Asa Hutchinson to approve federal Medicaid insurance to legally present Pacific Islander migrant children and pregnant women.