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Rutledge Welcomes Summer Interns

Rutledge Welcomes Summer Interns

Mon, Jun 15, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has accepted 16 students from across the State into the Attorney General’s Office internship program.

“Internships are a vital part of higher education,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The real world experience these students will receive this summer will make them valuable employees, no matter their career choice, in the future. I look forward to watching these students grow and learn.”

Jacob Brown is a sophomore, studying mechanical engineering at the University of Arkansas. He is a native of Little Rock and graduated from LISA Academy in 2014. Brown is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Katherine Calaway graduated from Arkansas State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She is a 2010 graduate of Valley View High School in Jonesboro. Calaway is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Crystal Carey will graduate this fall from College of the Ouachitas with an Associate of Applied Science degree in medical office administration, medical coding and medical billing. She is a 2001 graduate of Bismarck High School. Carey is working in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Courtney Cox grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and later moved to Arkansas, where she joined the Arkansas Army National Guard. She is a business administration major at the University of Central Arkansas. Cox is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Claire Frueauff is a sophomore, majoring in political science at Hendrix College. She is a native of Little Rock and graduated from Parkview Arts and Science Magnet School in 2014. Frueauff is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Kelven Hadley, Pine Bluff, is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he is studying political science. He is a 2014 graduate of Ridgway Christian Academy. Hadley is working in the Public Protection Department.

Meredith Herring, a 2013 graduate of Bryant High School, is a junior at the University of Central Arkansas, where she is studying political science. Herring is working in the Civil Department.

Hayden Hosto, Little Rock, is a sophomore, studying finance and international relations at Lehigh University. She graduated from Pulaski Academy in 2014. Hosto is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Wyatt Miller, a junior, is studying economics at the University of Arkansas. He is a Little Rock native and graduated from Catholic High School in 2013. Miller is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Bradley Neugent, a 2014 graduate of Bryant High School, is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas, where he is majoring in international relations and international security. He is working in the Public Protection Department.

Julio Olaya Jr. is a junior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he is studying economics and public policy. Growing up in Little Rock, he graduated from Pulaski Academy in 2013. Olaya is working in the Criminal Department.

Jasal Pothi, Sherwood, is studying English and politics at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He graduated from LISA Academy in 2014 and is a sophomore. Pothi is working in the Public Protection Department.

Jordan Preston, a 2012 graduate of Lakeside High School, is a senior at the University of Arkansas, where she is majoring in accounting. Preston is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Christopher Sparks, Berryville, is a senior majoring in print journalism at Arkansas Tech University. He is a 2011 graduate of Berryville High School. Sparks is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Jeremy Steuart grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia, and later moved to Texas, where he graduated from Cypress Ridge High School in 2012. He is a senior, studying political science at the University of Arkansas. Steuart is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Cara Tomlinson is a senior at Lyon College, where she is studying English and economics. She is from Searcy and graduated from Riverview High School in 2012. Tomlinson is working in the Community Engagement Department.

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Requests Regional Haze Case Intervention

Rutledge Requests Intervention in Regional Haze Case after EPA Continually Rejects State Plans from ADEQ

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement after submitting a motion to intervene in the case, Sierra Club v. McCarthy. Despite the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) submitting robust plans to combat regional haze, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is attempting to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan for Regional Haze that fails to consider the best interests for Arkansas.

“This is a classic example of a ‘sue and settle’ case,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The EPA agreed to the demands of the Sierra Club without any real litigation of the issues and without input from the State. Recent data shows that visibility impairment is improving in Arkansas and this federal rule is unnecessary. It is my duty to protect Arkansans from rate increases that will negatively impact them and offer zero benefit to Arkansas beyond those proposed by the State Plans. I am confident the State will be granted intervention in this case. The EPA should put the interests of Arkansans far ahead of the Sierra Club’s political interests.”

The request for intervention follows Rutledge submitting public comments in response to a proposed consent decree in the case. The comments requested that the EPA withdraw the proposed settlement citing that the plan is inconsistent with the Clean Air Act. In the comments, Rutledge also said that the Sierra Club lacks standing to bring the suit, Sierra Club v. McCarthy, which gave rise to the settlement.

Rutledge is requesting intervention after the EPA held a public hearing in Arkansas on the proposed Federal Implementation Plan for Regional Haze.

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June Mobile Office Locations

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for Remainder of June

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for the remainder of June.

Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents who are having consumer issues and help them file consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.

Attorney General Rutledge created the initiative so that the office would be accessible to everyone, not just those who call the capital city home. The Attorney General believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation.

For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s Office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call (501) 682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.

The Attorney General Mobile Office schedule can be found below:

Jasper

Tuesday, June 16

9 – 11 a.m.

Jasper City Hall

101 E. Elm St.

Jasper, AR 72641

Clarksville

Tuesday, June 16

1 – 3 p.m.

Johnson County Courthouse

215 W. Main St.

Clarksville, AR 72830

Dardanelle

Friday, June 19

9 -11 a.m.

Dardanelle City Hall

120 N. Front St.

Dardanelle, AR 72834

Russellville

Friday, June 19

1 – 3 p.m.

Pope County Courthouse

100 W. Main St.

Russellville, AR 72801

McGehee

Tuesday, June 23

9 – 11 a.m.

McGehee City Hall

901 Holly St.

McGehee, AR 71654

Lake Village

Tuesday, June 23

1 – 3 p.m.

Lake Village Fire Department

2017 Hwy. 65/82 South

Lake Village, AR 71653

Hamburg

Wednesday, June 24

9 – 11 a.m.

Hamburg City Hall

305 E. Adams St.

Hamburg, AR 71646

Monticello

Wednesday, June 24

1 – 3 p.m.

Monticello City Hall

203 W. Gaines St.

Monticello, AR 71656

Marion

Tuesday, June 30

9 – 11 a.m.

Marion Chamber of Commerce

13 E. Military Road

Marion, AR 72364

Forrest City

Tuesday, June 30

1 – 3 p.m.

Forrest City – City Hall

224 N. Rosser

Forrest City, AR 72335

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Our State’s Missing

Rutledge: We Will Never Forget Our State’s Missing

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted the fourth annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event at Camp Robinson. The daylong event helps raise awareness of issues surrounding missing persons and recognizes Arkansas’s missing children and adults.

“Today, nearly 30 families who are coping with missing loved ones gathered at Camp Robinson,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This is the largest number of families this event has ever had, and I am so appreciative of each one of them. Although some of these families have been searching for decades and others for just a few months, I hope this event shows them that they do not have to manage this alone. I am committed to standing beside these families and all Arkansas families until each missing person is found. Arkansas will never forget its missing children and adults.”

“As heartbreaking as it is that children are abducted and exploited, it is uplifting to see the dedication of the various professionals gathered in North Little Rock this week to fight against those who would harm our kids,” said Kevin Mulcahy, assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Michigan.

“I have had the pleasure of attending the Arkansas missing events in the past,” said Todd Matthews, director of case management and communications for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. “They are always among the most well organized in the nation. Attorney General Rutledge is a great model for other states to observe and hopefully step up to the challenge.”

Rutledge opened the event by welcoming Mulcahy to give a training presentation to law enforcement about his personal experience as a survivor of childhood sexual exploitation and how he applies that experience to prosecuting cases.

A luncheon was hosted by Rutledge to honor the families of the missing and thank law enforcement for assisting in missing persons cases. The event also provides support and networking opportunities for families still searching and for those who have tragically lost loved ones.

In the afternoon session, families were able to meet with investigators about unsolved missing persons cases, provide information about their missing loved ones and, in some cases, provide DNA samples.

Assisting the Attorney General’s Office with hosting the event were the Morgan Nick Foundation, the State Crime Lab, Arkansas State Police, the FBI, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The Attorney General’s Office serves as an information clearinghouse for reports on Arkansas’s missing children and acts as the main point of contact for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

To reach the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline, call (800) THE-LOST (843-5678).

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Seeks Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act Rehearing

Rutledge Seeks Rehearing before Eighth Circuit on Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the following statement after filing a petition with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals asking for en banc rehearing to determine the constitutionality of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act.

“I have and will continue to be a strong advocate for the unborn,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act, which prohibits abortions after 12 weeks when a heartbeat is detected, was passed by lawmakers in 2013, and it is my duty to defend this law. I believe that the State’s appeal is entitled to a full hearing before the entire Eighth Circuit and not just a three-judge panel.”

A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit issued a decision that affirmed federal District Judge Susan Webber Wright’s ruling that prohibiting abortions after 12 weeks gestation is unconstitutional. The Attorney General’s Office is requesting that the case be heard by the full membership of the Eighth Circuit.

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EPA Emissions Rule Still Wrong for Arkansas

Rutledge: EPA Emissions Rule is Still Wrong for Arkansas

Tue, Jun 9, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s ruling regarding the States’ challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft rule concerning coal-fired power plants.

“While I am disappointed with the court’s ruling today, it does not change that the rule is an egregious overstep that will cost Arkansas jobs and the potential for economic growth,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “As Attorney General, I am committed to taking all available action to stop an overreaching EPA. Procedural hurdles like this instance will occur, but it should be noted that today’s ruling from the court says nothing about the legality of the EPA’s rule. The court indicates that the final rule is now imminent, and I stand ready to join attorneys general from across the country to protect our States.”

The three-judge panel ruled in a split decision that the States could not yet challenge the rule because the EPA has not yet officially finalized it.

Rutledge sought the motion to intervene in this case on Feb. 13, and the motion was granted on March 9. Rutledge was joined in the lawsuit by attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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