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[9 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 990 views]
State Supreme Court upholds $150k judgment against Arkansas Realtors Association

On September 25, the Arkansas Supreme Court upheld a May 2012 judgment from the Washington County Circuit court ordering the Arkansas Realtors Association (ARA) to pay $150,000 for breaching a contract with Real Forms Arkansas.
The contract at issue was entered into in 2010 by Springdale-based Real Forms and the ARA. Real Forms was under a five-year contract to provide real estate contracts software to the ARA which would be sold to Realtors throughout the Natural State. The contract would have generated at least $600,000 in revenue for Real Forms.
The contract …

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[15 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 4,300 views]
The Nobles Law Firm is now open

As of July 1, the Nobles Law Firm opened its doors in scenic downtown Benton and is now accepting clients. The firm’s sole lawyer is Ethan C. Nobles (me!), managing editor of First Arkansas News.
Those who know me are aware that I used to practice law at a firm called Nobles, Poore & Jones (later called just Nobles & Poore after Jones went off to Tunica to deal cards) for four years in Fayetteville. Those who know me really well are aware that I totally hated every minute of that …

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[3 May 2014 | No Comment | 5,112 views]
Alcohol sales in Saline County?

If you’ve been out grocery shopping, filling up your car at a gas station or have been in public in Saline County at all lately, the chances are good you’ve been approached by a petitioner asking for your signature so that the issue of whether package sales of alcohol should be allowed in our neck of the woods will be included on the November ballot.
The same effort is going on in Craighead County and both petition drives are spearheaded by a group out of Little Rock called Our Community, Our …

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[23 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 4,069 views]
Hyperkin announces Retron5 delay, price increase

About this time last year, First Arkansas News ran an article waxing poetic about the forthcoming Hyperkin Retron5. The Retron5 has been promoted as just the machine a lot of us people who love classic console gaming have wanted for a long time. The problem with a lot of classic consoles is that they look terrible on HDTV sets and the Retron5 is supposed to solve that problem by upscaling games to run in 720p high definition through an HDMI port.
Anyone who has ever plugged, say, a Sega Genesis into …

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[5 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 10,362 views]
VeryHelpful.net — an Epinions replacement?

It didn’t take long — Epinions contributors were told last week that the 15-year-old site was no longer accepting reviews, but that news was followed with an invitation to a site meant to be a replacement.
Epinions, an eBay property, has spent the last 15 years paying writers for reviews of everything from Ramones albums to Ford Mustangs. Those days are over, but a new site — VeryHelpful.net — was set up by Andy Hillal. He was an Epinions staffer from 2000 to 2007 and wrote under the monicker of Andyman …

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[4 Mar 2014 | One Comment | 5,735 views]
So long, Epinions

Epinions members got a bit of a shock last week when logging into their accounts and learning the 15-year-old consumer reviews site is effectively shutting down as of March 25.
Epinions was a site that paid contributors to review products, based on the notion that reviews of products from unbiased consumers have value. The site started in 1999 back when everyone and their dog was trying to figure out how to make a buck or two on the Internet and actually did pay its members cash for submitting reviews.
The reasons Epinions …

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[31 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 5,096 views]
Tax free weekend coming Saturday and Sunday

It’s time once again for the state of Arkansas to help ease those back to school shopping blues a bit with a tax free weekend.
According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the tax free weekend starts at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 3) and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. During the weekend, sales tax will not apply to certain School Supplies, School Art Supplies, School Instructional Materials and clothing. To be clear, “tax free” means that no state or local sales or use taxes will be …

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[26 Jul 2013 | 2 Comments | 3,670 views]
Arkansas metro home sales up in June

The City Wire in Fort Smith has posted its June Arkansas Homes Sales Report for four metro areas in Arkansas and sales numbers continued to climb during that month.
The report covers the four largest metros in Arkansas — central Arkansas, the Fort Smith area, the Jonesboro area and northwest Arkansas. Except for the Fort Smith area, all metros reported gains in sales for June. Furthermore, sales for the six months of 2013 were up 9.57 percent compared to the first half of 2012. Average sales prices in those areas stood …

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[27 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 2,868 views]
Barnes & Noble waving white flag in tablet war

It’s a sad day for fans of Nook tablets — Barnes & Noble has announced it will cease manufacturing color tablets because the company is losing a lot of money on them.
It’s no secret that Barnes & Noble has been getting its teeth kicked in by the Amazon Kindle Fire since the Nook Tablet was released in 2011. How badly has Barnes & Noble fared in the tablet market? The company posted a loss of $222 million for fiscal 2013 as its current lineup of tablets — the Nook HD …

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[26 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 874 views]
Arkansas home sales up through May

Housing markets in Arkansas continued to improve in May according to the latest version of the Arkansas Home Sales Report from The City Wire in Fort Smith.
The monthly Arkansas Home Sales Report covers the four largest areas of the state — central Arkansas, Fort Smith, Jonesboro and northwest Arkansas. In those areas, sales were up more than 10 percent through May and average sales prices were up 15 percent for the first five months of the year. The only one of those areas to show declines in sales through May …