• Shelter for migrant children in Arkansas still possible

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    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - With a federally-owned property continuing to stay vacant for at least several months more, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department has the opportunity to convert the Arkansas facility into a short-term shelter for migrant children held at the U.S. and Mexico border.
     
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette  reports the property first sparked the interest of the Arkansas National Guard in December. The Guard wants to use the former Ouachita Job Corps site near Hot Springs to house a program that would offer life-skills lessons to at-risk youth, but spokesman Lt. Col. Joel Lynch says the majority of the details and a concrete timeline are still unknown.
     
    An HHS official said Friday the agency might temporarily run the shelter at the federally-owned site if the Guard doesn't plan to establish the program by summer or fall.
     

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