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Prosecutors have charged the owners and a former funeral director of a closed Arkansas funeral home with corpse abuse, five months after bodies were found stacked on top of each other and lying outside of a freezer, decomposing.

Jacksonville police say Arkansas Funeral Care's owners, 86-year-old LeRoy Wood and his 61-year-old son, Rod Wood, surrendered Tuesday. Funeral director Edward Snow was arrested Monday and released on bond.

Only a half dozen years after the Great Recession, the auto industry is experiencing a strong resurgence in payrolls with more than 7.25 million private sector jobs in the U.S. economy, according to industry analysis compiled by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR).

Questions remain about the identity and intentions of an armed man who military officials say was shot and critically wounded after trying to drive into a sprawling Air Force base in Arkansas.

The commander of the Little Rock Air Force Base said two guards stationed at the base's main gate quickly recognized a threat when the civilian drove his SUV over a curb, crashed through a sign and began to exit his vehicle holding a rifle.

 Although the Great Recession is in the rear view mirror, there are still more than 4 million U.S. homeowners who owe the bank at least 20% more than their homes are worth, according to the first quarter Zillow Negative Equity Report. 

In Arkansas, that number amounts to some 71.603 homeowners who have found themselves underwater as home values have declined nearly 9.5% since the nation emerged from the economic downturn and housing crisis, according to Zillow analysis provided to Talk Business & Politics.

New science standards for Arkansas students for the first time include engineering courses beginning in kindergarten. High school students will also start learning earth science statewide.

The State Board of Education last week approved the new K-4 and 5-8 science standards districts will use to design curriculum. Michele Snyder with the Arkansas Department of Education says the state hadn’t updated science standards for a decade.

“These standards really are a much more current, if you will, applicable to real world, application for students,” said Snyder.

Arkansas Razorback basketball player Derek Hood went on to play professional basketball in several American leagues, including the NBA, and in Europe.
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The University of Arkansas has announced nine new inductees into the UA Sports Hall of Fame.

The list includes former Razorback football players Steve Korte, Kendall Trainor and Lynn Garner, men's basketball star Derek Hood and baseball standout Mike Loggins. Also selected are divers Ron Meyer and Robin Ford, women's track and field All-American Deedee Brown-Campbell and men's track and field All-American and NCAA Champion Niall Bruton.

The commander of the Little Rock Air Force Base says an SUV jumped a curb and knocked over a street sign near the base's front gate before the driver got out with a rifle.

Col. Charles Brown Jr. said guards began firing after seeing the man was armed and quickly recognized it as a threat. The base hasn't released the man's name, but says he's in critical condition at a hospital.

Brown said at a news conference that he didn't know whether the man fired his weapon at the scene. He says the base is secure.

Missouri prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a 35-year-old man accused in the killing of a couple from Arkansas who is already serving life sentences in six slayings in Illinois.
 

Rains across Arkansas have put a damper on the 2015 wheat harvest in the state.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that total production was just more than 19 million bushels - down from almost 25 million bushels in 2014. The yield averaged out at 56 bushels per acre - down from 63 bushels per acre last year.

Agronomist Jason Kelley with University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says rains in February and March delayed the application of fertilizer and the poor drainage also reduced the yield.

Arkansas highway officials say U.S. Highway 71 in southwestern Arkansas has reopened after being shut down for more than two weeks because of flooding.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the nearly 2 1/2 mile stretch opened to traffic at 8 a.m. Sunday. The department says the reopening came after the roadway was inspected by AHTD engineers and was cleaned by maintenance crews.

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