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8:14 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Juvenile Who Left Treatment Center Back In Custody

Arkansas authorities say a 17-year-old boy who left a juvenile treatment facility in Dermott has been found and is back in custody.  

The Department of Human Services said the teenager was found Tuesday afternoon in Russellville. No other information was provided.  

DHS says the boy 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.  

Russellville is about 190 miles northwest of Dermott.

Local & Regional News
6:41 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Arkansas AG: Health Issues A Concern After Oil Spill

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaking to reporters Tuesday in his office.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

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.

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Prison Escapee
6:13 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Arkansas Wants Escaped Killer Returned From Mich.

An Arkansas prison official says a convicted killer who escaped to Michigan 43 years ago should be returned despite his living a crime-free life since.

Lester Stiggers escaped Arkansas in 1970 and fled to Michigan where he was one of two black men that then-Gov. William Milliken gave asylum after they claimed unfair treatment in the South.

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Juvenile Escapee
6:10 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

DHS Looking For Arkansas Juvenile Who Left Facility

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.

Medicaid Expansion
5:43 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Medicaid Referendum

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.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Drive Launched To Get More Violins in Elementary Schools

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Thea Foundation, is launched the Stringed Instrument Drive.

It is aimed at collecting gently used violins and monetary donations to bring classical music back into the schools in Little Rock and North Little Rock

Paul Leopoulos, Executive Director of the Thea Foundation, says music can help children achieve academically and boost their confidence.

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Arkansas Abortion Law
5:17 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Arkansas Asks Judge To Dismiss Abortion Ban Suit

The state of Arkansas is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy, arguing the new restriction is constitutional.

The attorney general's office on Tuesday responded to the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights. The groups filed the lawsuit last month on behalf of Dr. Louis Jerry Edwards and Dr. Tom Tvedten, who provide abortions at a Little Rock clinic.

Local & Regional News
3:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Meeting Set On Hog Farming on Buffalo River

Credit buffalonationalriver.com

A public meeting is set for Wednesday night to discuss a hog farming operation located in the Buffalo National River Watershed.  There are already some 800 animals at the C & H Hog Farm, but a permit allows the company to expand that to 6,500, which has many upset at the possibility of the operation polluting the nearby river.

The operation will be nearly three times as large as any other hog farm in the area. There are currently four other hog farms and two dairy farms in the Buffalo River Watershed.

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Buffalo National River Watershed
2:54 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Arkansas Hog Farm Opens Doors To Reporters Amidst Environmental Oposition

Jason Henson, co-owner of C&H Farms, stands in a pen of sows on a recent media tour of the new farm. Its placement in the watershed of the protected Buffalo National River has many worried that runoff from the farm could contaminate the national waterway.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

As opposition continues against a newly permitted industrial swine-breeding farm now operating in the watershed of the protected Buffalo National River in Newton County, its owners have remained mostly silent until Monday when members of the media were invited for a tour.

Campbell and Henson (C&H) Hog Farms is situated along a rugged mountain bench about 20 miles southeast of downtown Jasper. From the outside its new double-barn confined feeding animal operation (CAFO) looks ordinary, inside 824 large pink sows will soon give birth.

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Local & Regional News
12:53 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Task Force Begins Looking At New Arkansas Vets' Home

A task force formed by lawmakers has begun looking at options for replacing a veterans' home in Little Rock that closed last year.

The Arkansas Veterans' Home Task Force on Tuesday held its first meeting at the state Capitol since the panel was created by the state Legislature earlier this year.

The 22-member committee is charged with coming up with recommendations for the location,  size and funding for replacing the now-closed facility.  

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