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Update: Little Rock man burns himself allegedly making explosives


It happened on Ohio Cove - just about a block from an area school. Aaron Lewis is still in serious condition at UAMS.

Police say he was building the bomb when it went off. Officers went to his house to search for more explosives after the hospital called them and while there, they uncovered more alleged illegal activity neighbors had been complaining about for years.

All day Wednesday, Lewis' house sat just as law enforcement officers left it the night before; doors ajar, trash everywhere. Scattered blue gloves in the front yard reveal the search that went late into the night while Lewis was at the hospital.

"He's in very serious condition in the hospital and that's where he'll be for a while. Once he's released, I'm sure charges will be looked at then," said Lt. Terry Hastings with Little Rock police.

Rockstar Lounge features Aerosmith tribute band Draw the Line


Guests are invited to "party like a rock star" from 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center to the sounds of Aerosmith tribute band Draw the Line.


Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at www.cancer.uams.edu/envoys or by calling (501) 526-2277.


RockStar Lounge is sponsored by the Envoys, a Cancer Institute advocacy group. Hosts are Herren Hickingbotham and Tiffany Robinson.


Draw the Line, of Boston, is the only Aerosmith tribute band to be publicly endorsed by the members of Aerosmith. Guests also will enjoy specialty cocktails, concert-styled food and a Rock Band game competition.


Presenting sponsor is Win Rockefeller Jr. Beverage sponsor is Glazer's, and band accommodations are provided by Crowne Plaza.


Little Rock Family on 'Today's THV at 5': Fall Fun

Harry's Big Adventure Day Camp

Saturday, Oct. 9, 1 - 4 p.m.

Museum of Discovery

From 1-4 p.m. you'll experience the Harry's Big Adventure exhibit, meet (and touch) real bugs from the Museum's collection, visit the Bug Chef and taste some bug cuisine, cheer on your favorite in the cockroach races, and make a take-home craft. Cost is $20. For info and to reserve a spot: 396-7061.

THEA Paves the Way

Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m. -  noon

Clinton Presidential Center

Team up with your friends, family and co-workers to create sidewalk art from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Chalk will be provided. There will also be music, food, face painting, magicians, games and more! For info: THEAfoundation.org. FREE!

Pumpkin Patches/Hayrides

The local pumpkin patches are open for business. Check out these spots for fall fun:

Army Corps christen largest crane in state

The barge-mounted crane is named after the late Mike Hendricks, who worked more than 30 years for the Corps until his death in 2008.

His widow, Linda Hendricks of Benton, and other family members were on hand as his son Josh broke the champagne bottle and put the giant floating crane into full service. In addition to being the state's largest crane, it is the second-largest in the entire Corps nationwide. It was constructed to conduct routine maintenance and repairs on Montgomery Point Lock and Dam on the lower White River near its confluence with the Mississippi River in Southeast Arkansas.

The crane barge is 260 feet long by 84 feet wide and has a 12 foot hull depth. The pedestal-mounted Manitowoc 18,000 crane has a 200-foot boom and a capacity of lifting up to 285 tons.

Race for the Cure/3 Miles of Men, join our team

You can be a part of our team no matter what event you will be participating in.

Our MomsLikeMe group will be walking together in the family walk. Of course, you don't have to be a mom to walk with us! We have some runners and some elite runners participating too you can connect with. We'll meet up race morning and walk over together. You can click here to learn more details.

Ark. lawmakers start hearings on state budget

Members of the Legislative Council and the Joint Budget Committee met Tuesday and started with a review of rules. The 84-member panel is also getting used to a new meeting room and a new electronic system for being recognized to speak.

Gov. Mike Beebe says state agencies will have to hold the line on spending next year.

Revenues are up from 2009 but Beebe says he wants to take a conservative approach in anticipating available funds.

The state had to cut $247 million from the budget last year when the recession led to lower revenues.

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