posted: 01/04/2015 4:28 a.m.
John Rains knew he had a problem when he found the bone.
posted: 01/01/2015 4:31 a.m.
The state Youth Services Division has stopped sending youths to an Independence County juvenile detention center after a state investigator found the lockup violated state standards by using restraints and 23-hour lockdown as punishment, a division spokesman said Wednesday.
posted: 12/30/2014 3:35 a.m.
The Yell County sheriff's office will replace the administrator of its juvenile detention center, a move that follows an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette investigation of the lockup that found staff members and local law enforcement used restraints and pepper spray for punishment.
updated: 12/24/2014 4:39 a.m.
The state Youth Services Division announced Tuesday that it will stop sending youths to the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center in Danville until it is satisfied that methods of punishment exposed by an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette investigation are properly investigated.
posted: 12/22/2014 3:44 a.m.
The police officer and the deputy entered the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center just a few minutes before 8 p.m. on March 22, and a group of boys playing cards around a table scattered.
posted: 12/21/2014 3:09 a.m.
Sitting in the restraint at the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center, the girl could barely move.
updated: 12/11/2014 3:46 a.m.
The state Division of Youth Services released a report Wednesday praising action taken by Yell County officials after a youth advocate discovered that the county's juvenile detention center was using a restraint device to punish children for minor misbehavior.
posted: 12/06/2014 2:33 a.m.
Two behavioral health care companies began laying off employees Friday, the same day the businesses dropped their appeal of a suspension from the state's Medicaid program levied because of bribery allegations made against their owner.
posted: 12/03/2014 4:51 a.m.
Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson made a surprise visit Tuesday to the state's largest youth lockup, where he met with boys and girls housed there as well as new leadership put in place after allegations of physical abuse at the facility surfaced last summer.
updated: 11/21/2014 11:04 p.m.
A federal judge Friday ruled in favor of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, allowing the agency to cut off Medicaid payments to two companies suspended from the program because their owner has been accused of bribing a former state official.
posted: 11/18/2014 3:46 a.m.
One kid threw wet socks. Another flipped off a staff member. Several others beat on doors and walls in their cells and didn't stop when asked.
posted: 11/06/2014 3:42 a.m.
Two mental health companies entangled in a federal bribery investigation asked a federal judge Wednesday to stop the Arkansas Department of Human Services from enforcing its decision to suspend the two providers from the state's Medicaid program.
posted: 11/05/2014 5:08 a.m.
Arkansas voters on Tuesday night overwhelmingly approved an increase in the state's minimum wage and rejected allowing statewide alcohol sales, unofficial results indicated.
posted: 10/29/2014 3:51 a.m.
Arkansas Department of Human Services Director John Selig said two companies that are suspended from the state's Medicaid program because of a federal bribery investigation have told patients they will continue to treat them for free.
posted: 10/28/2014 2:57 a.m.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services on Monday stood by its decision to suspend from the state's Medicaid program two businesses entangled in a federal bribery investigation that led to the guilty plea of a former agency deputy director.