- - Thursday, August 19, 2010

ARIZONA

Private prison blamed in report on escapes

PHOENIX — Arizona’s prison director says a privately operated prison where three inmates escaped last month, setting off a massive search, had poor operational practices that led to the unstaffing of a perimeter post.

The state Corrections Department released a report on security at the Kingman prison Thursday.

Corrections Department Director Charles Ryan says numerous false alarms led to lax responses by prison personnel, and he also cited operational practices that led to a gap in permitted staffing during an evening when the July 30 escape occurred.

The three escapees from the medium-security unit included two convicted of murder. Two of the three convicts have been recaptured, but one remains at large along with a woman accused of aiding the escape by tossing wire cutters into the prison.

CALIFORNIA

BLM suspends permits of race promoter

LOS ANGELES — The Bureau of Land Management has suspended future event permits for the promoter of last weekend’s off-road race in the California desert where eight spectators were killed by a racing truck.

The federal agency said Thursday the suspension of any MDR Productions permits will remain in effect while an investigation of the accident is under way.

The spectators were killed Saturday night during the California 200 off-road race in the Mojave Desert northeast of Los Angeles. Ten other spectators were injured.

Video of the accident showed spectators gathered along the edge of the narrow dirt course as trucks sped past. One truck went out of control and overturned in the crowd.

DELAWARE

Doctor may have given bad vaccines

DOVER — A former Delaware doctor charged with sexually assaulting more than 100 of his patients also may have given diluted or expired vaccines to children.

State health officials this week have been sending warning letters to parents of children treated by former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley.

They said they can’t confirm the accuracy of allegations that Dr. Bradley administered faulty vaccines, but that children may need to be revaccinated if they received vaccines from him.

Officials said receiving diluted or expired vaccine would not likely cause harm, but that children may not be adequately immunized against infection. Parents are being urged to consult with their doctors about additional vaccinations.

ILLINOIS

Recalled eggs sold without permission

CHICAGO — A food distributor says the company at the center of a massive egg recall used unauthorized cartons to package and sell eggs under its brand name without its knowledge.

Dutch Farms says it is taking legal action against Wright County Eggs. Dutch Farm eggs and several other brands are being recalled for possible salmonella contamination.

An estimated 380 million eggs are being recalled in a case suspected to have caused hundreds of illnesses.

The Dutch Farms-labeled eggs were distributed to Walgreens stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota and Arkansas.

Walgreen Co. says it has pulled the eggs. Wright County Eggs could not be immediately reached for comment.

Eggs with plant numbers P1026, P1413 and P1946 on the package can be returned to stores.

MINNESOTA

MSNBC rejects anti-Target ad

ST. PAUL — MSNBC rejected a TV ad calling for a boycott of Target Corp. after the retail giant made a political donation in Minnesota, continuing the controversy over corporate involvement in elections.

MSNBC spokeswoman Alana Russo said Thursday that the commercial submitted by the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org violates its advertising policy by attacking an individual business directly. The ad features Target’s bullseye logo and accuses the chain of trying to buy elections.

MoveOn executive director Justin Ruben said the rejection was “the height of hypocrisy” and accused MSNBC and its corporate parent, General Electric Co., of trying to protect Target from consumer anger.

Minneapolis-based Target triggered a national backlash by giving $150,000 last month to a business-oriented political fund supporting conservative Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who opposes gay marriage and other rights for same-sex couples.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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