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[9 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | 3,150 views]
Arkansas legislature considering giving cash to first-time home buyers

Remember how the federal first-time home buyer tax credit stimulated the housing market when it was in place in one form or another for two years starting in April 2008?
The Arkansas Legislature is, apparently, hoping to stimulate housing markets here in the Natural State with a similar program.
HB1986, which is pending before the House Committee on Insurance and Finance, would grant first-time home buyers up to $2,500 for purchasing new homes. There are some stipulations, of course. For one thing, a first-time home buyer is anyone who has not owned …

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[5 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 6,793 views]
Immigration bill heading to Arkansas Legislature

It stirred up a bit of controversy, but House Bill 1013 is on its way to the Arkansas Legislature.
What is HB 1013? In short, it’s a bill that was introduced by State Rep. Jim Nickels (D-Sherwood) that will — if passed — give the state Contractors Licensing Board the authority to punish those contractors who knowingly employee people who aren’t in the country legally. A contractor who knows a subcontractor employs illegal aliens but hires that subcontractor anyway can also be punished under the law. The punishment? License suspension or …

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[25 Jan 2011 | 3 Comments | 6,104 views]
Online education in Arkansas for free?

What does the Arkansas Virtual Academy mean for Pat Rippetoe of Rogers?
It means her eight-year-old, Seth, can still attend school in spite of snow days and the occasional illness. It means the child’s education can be tailored around his family’s schedule – rather than the other way around – to an extent. It also means the child is held to the same standards as other children attending Arkansas public schools.
Oh, and Rippetoe doesn’t pay a dime to send eight-year-old Seth to Arkansas Virtual Academy, either.
Intrigued? A lot of parents in …

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[24 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 4,055 views]
Arkansas unions riled up over illegal immigrants

A bill imposing penalties against contractors who knowingly hire illegal immigrants is due to go before a state House committee on Wednesday and some Arkansas unions have been asked to come to the state Capitol and show their support for it.
The bill at issue is HB 1013, which is sponsored by State Rep. Jim Nickels (D-Sherwood). The bill, if passed, will allow the state Contractors Licensing Board to impose penalties on contractors who — directly or through a subcontractor — knowingly hire people who are not authorized to work in …

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[19 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 2,468 views]
The City Wire partners with Ozarks at Large

FORT SMITH/FAYETTEVILLE — Ozarks at Large (KUAF 91.3) and The City Wire have agreed to a content partnership that will allow both news outlets to expand the information provided to their respective listeners and readers.
The partnership also allows KUAF News Director Kyle Kellams and The City Wire Editor Michael Tilley to collaborate on coverage of issues important to residents of Northwest Arkansas and the Fort Smith area.
The veteran reporters have a combined 45 years in journalism and covering issues and events in the two metro areas.
“I’m thrilled to include The …