Justin harris
Arkansas Times

An Arkansas lawmaker who gave his adopted daughters to a man who later admitted to sexually assaulting one of them says he won't seek re-election in 2016.

Republican Rep. Justin Harris of West Fork says he made the decision about a month ago. Harris says he previously considered stepping back but acknowledged the decision was influenced by the widespread scrutiny following a March Arkansas Times article detailing Harris' actions.

LRAFB airforce base shooting

Authorities have identified the armed suspect who was shot and critically wounded by guards outside a sprawling military base in Arkansas, and say he has no ties to terrorism.

The FBI on Tuesday identified Larry McElroy as the man who drove his SUV over a curb at Little Rock Air Force Base on Monday, crashed into a street sign and began to exit his vehicle holding a rifle.

McElroy was shot by two guards. He remained in critical condition Tuesday.

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.

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.