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’ show, a tick-borne disease previously unreported in Arkansas is here now. Plus, on the eve of legal medical marijuana in the Natural State, a look back at how the drug became illegal. And research at the University of Arkansas investigates how the body adapts to heat stress.

Summer vacation season is heating up with residents venturing into woodlands to hike and camp, but danger may be lurking in the forest, in the form of infected ticks.

Arkansas has some of the highest rates of tick-borne illness in the country. And this summer a new disease has been confirmed by state health officials: the Heartland virus, so-named because it’s spreading across America’s heartland.

The Heartland virus was first detected eight years ago, in Missouri, after two farmers were hospitalized with a mysterious debilitating illness.

On today’s show, an update on Arkansas PROMISE. Plus, a few Arkansas farmers team up with Microsoft to help offset carbon emissions, and the Dazzling Diamonds Chorus prepares for an unplugged day at the park.

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"Arkansas PROMISE" is a five-year federally funded demonstration project that provides comprehensive workplace training for teens with disabilities. Now in its third year, the project involves 2,000 youth in 25 Arkansas counties. PROMISE, an acronym for “Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income” is being tested in ten other states. We provide a progress report.

A federal program which provides temporary legal status to more than a million undocumented youth will be terminated if a coalition of conservative states prevails in making it so.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Friday announced she has joined with nine other state Attorneys General and the Governor of Idaho formally asking U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to urge the Trump Administration to revoke Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The program was initiated via executive order by the Obama administration in 2012 after Congress failed to act on sweeping immigration reform. DACA protects youth from deportation by providing temporary legal credentials to law-abiding undocumented youth enabling them to legally work and drive. More than 1.2 million young people have been “DACA-mented."