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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Fayetteville is one of 14 cities collaborating with the city of Chicago to conserve and make public EPA digital climate change information purged by the Trump administration on Earth Day. The web portal, titled "Climate Change is Real," was launched by the city of Chicago in early May.

On today’s show, we hear how some business leaders in Arkansas are not ready to pull the plug on NAFTA. Plus, the fate of a state law disallowing cities like Fayetteville to have laws protecting civil rights of gay and transgendered residents is receiving legal scrutiny. And, research at the University of Arkansas suggests that perfect pitch is more common than we thought.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Arkansans don't need special civil rights protections, according to the Arkansas legislature and governor. Act 137 of 2015 bars cities and counties from passing ordinances that "create protected classification or prohibits discrimination" on anyone not covered by the state's existing civil rights codes.

Arkansas's Civil Rights Act bans discrimination on the basis of race, religion and other classifications — but not sexual orientation or gender identity. And because several state anti-bullying and domestic violence statutes offer LGBTQ Arkansans protection, opponents say local codes are redundant — codes such as Fayetteville's Ordinance 5781 that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  

State Act 137 also ensures that “businesses, organizations and employers doing business in the state are subject to uniform nondiscrimination laws and obligations.”

But Act 137 has come under judicial scrutiny.

On today’s show, rural health care gets another outpost in rural Arkansas; we learn about the latest clinic by Boston Mountain Rural Health Center, Inc.. Plus, a decades-long effort to make a simple trip to school safer is almost done in Alma.

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Boston Mountain Rural Health Center is a non-profit medical system that strategically sites clinics in medically underserved areas of the Arkansas Ozarks. The center, which provides care to patients on a sliding fee scale, recently opened a community clinic in northern Carroll County on Holiday Island.