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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Clean Line Energy Partners, headquartered in Houston, Texas intends to build five long-haul, high-voltage clean power transmission lines across at least 10 states. 

Together, the “Clean Lines” could transport more than 15,000 megawatts of new industrial wind energy generated in Kansas, Iowa, Texas and Oklahoma to utility markets across the eastern half of the U.S. 

But progress along all the clean lines, including a controversial route through Arkansas, remains tangled by opposition.

On today's show, Johnson County residents hear a pitch from Jason Henson, Arkansas's top industrial swine breeder, who plans to build an 18,000-head swine breeding confined animal feeding operation on the Arkansas River Watershed just outside of the town of Hartman and the Walton Family Foundation steps in to fund a study into the options for the future of Lake Bella Vista and its dam. Also, a round of all things Halloween this weekend with Becca Martin Brown of the NWA Democrat Gazette.

COURTESY / CITY OF HARTMAN

Johnson County residents heard a pitch from Jason Henson, Arkansas's top industrial swine breeder, October 19th, who plans to build an 18,000-head swine breeding confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) on the Arkansas River Watershed just outside of the town of Hartman. This will be Henson's second hog factory farm. In 2013 he opened his first swine breeding CAFO in Newton County on the Buffalo National River Watershed, which certain conservationists and recreationists oppose. Henson supplies pork to JBS, a Brazilian meat packer, which will have an interest in the Hartman hog farm.

On today's show, the legislative-appointed Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force is considering the use of a poison bait to control nuisance feral swine in Arkansas and we get a response from the founder of Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery about an investigative report published by public radio program Reveal. Also, a story about an effort has been underway in Marvell to restore the boyhood home of Levon Helm and to create a bust memorializing the musician.

COURTESY / DOUG STOWE

The legislative-appointed Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force is considering the use of a poison bait to control nuisance feral swine in Arkansas. The non-native species which are illegally released by hunters for sport quickly reproduce, destroying pastures, public forests and private property foraging for food.

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