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 show, we examine the 2017 Annie E. Casey Foundation index, which measures disproportionate barriers in child well-being for African American, Native American, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander children, state by state. This year's index indicates some progress has been made nationwide, but Arkansas lags.

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2014 released an index measuring disproportionate barriers in child well-being for African American, Native American, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander children, state by state. The findings, which include the status of immigrant children, were meant to guide policy makers and agencies. The foundation also made a commitment to issue a fresh index every three years to track progress. The 2017 index, released today, indicates some progress has been made nationwide, but Arkansas lags.

On today's show, musican and educator Alvin Lopez, aka Papa Rap, talks about the status of his homeland recently destroyed by two major hurricanes and a University of Arkansas professor discusses a research project that will look at how Texans are recovering following Hurricane Harvey. We also have the latest unemployment numbers for Arkansas and Becca Martin Brown from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette gives us a preview of a week's worth of entertainment.

COURTESY: / ALVIN LOPEZ

Musican and educator Alvin Lopez, aka Papa Rap, talks about the status of his homeland recently destroyed by two major hurricanes and ways northwest Arkansans can help with recovery.  

COURTESY: / BEAVER WATERSHED ALLIANCE

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have awarded $500,000 to Beaver Watershed Alliance to develop green infrastructure demonstration sites to educate regional engineers and municipal staff on ways improve water quality on Beaver Lake Watershed. Becky Roark, outreach director for the watershed group, discusses how the program will deploy.

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