Arkansas prison officials say they didn't know a 63-year-old fugitive was sick when they sought his return from Michigan.
But Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it's not the agency's role to make judgments about whether Lester Stiggers should be brought back to the Arkansas prison system he fled in 1970.
Arkansas this year asked Michigan to return Stiggers.
Michigan is considering it, even though the state previously refused similar requests.
Arkansas regulators are considering permits for sites that process and collect waste tires. The state Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled a meeting for 1 p.m. May 16 to discuss drafts of new general permits for the facilities.
The event is open to the public. The ADEQ has invited operators of waste tire collection centers and processing facilities to attend. The agency has also asked consulting engineers, and regional solid waste district representatives to offer their perspectives.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he's concerned about the lingering health implications from the Mayflower oil spill.
It has been about five weeks since the Pegasus pipeline ruptured, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw crude, but McDaniel says people near the site are still feeling the effects.
“As we met with residents and groups that represent them, like Remember Mayflower, I heard time and time again about their health, especially the health of their children,” McDaniel said at an afternoon news conference.
Arkansas authorities say they are looking for a 17-year-old boy who left a juvenile treatment facility in Dermott.
The Department of Human Services on Wednesday identified the youth as Brandon Metcalf. The agency says he is white; 5 feet, 6 inches tall; and weighs 130 pounds. He was last seen at the facility at about 9:20 p.m. Monday.
DHS says Metcalf was convicted of breaking or entering, aggravated assault, and being a minor in possession of a handgun. He left the Dermott Juvenile Treatment Center, which is run under contract by South Arkansas Youth Services.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to ask voters to approve a new law that would use federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.
McDaniel's office on Tuesday rejected the wording of a proposed referendum on the "private option" that lawmakers approved this year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment. The wording of the referendum must be certified by McDaniel's office before supporters can begin gathering signatures to place it on next year's ballot.