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[27 Jul 2011 | 4 Comments | 4,169 views]
Buying American?

Fire up that Google search engine and key in the phrase “buy American” when you get a chance.
You’ll be greeted with page after page containing listings of sites that express alarm over the loss of American manufacturing jobs, steer viewers to companies that make products in the U.S., suggest ways to correct trade deficits, etc. One of the sites that will rank highly if you run that search bears a very direct and self-explanatory title — How Americans Can Buy American. The owner of that site, Roger Simmermaker of Orlando, …

Business, News, Real Estate »

[12 Mar 2011 | One Comment | 1,680 views]
“It’s the economy, stupid”

Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard plenty of predictions calling for a recovering housing market throughout 2011.
What’s noteworthy is that we’ve got some groups other than the expected ones expecting to see improvement this year. The national Mortgage Bankers Association, for example, expects to see a slight increase in purchase originations this year even though the group anticipates a drop in overall mortgages due to fewer people refinancing as the interest rates on a 30-year mortgage go from current levels of under 5 percent to close to 6 …

News, Politics »

[5 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 6,785 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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[8 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 8,758 views]
Working fewer hours? Unemployment Insurance may help

It’s that time of year when things just seem to slow to a crawl. The holiday rush is over, the new year is settled in and the winter weather threatens to keep us in hibernation. In business, construction screeches to a halt and sales tank enough to almost guarantee a good parking spot every time you head to Walmart. At work, it’s a drastic change from weeks of overtime to fill holiday orders to having enough orders to warrant a full, 40-hour week.
The reduction of hours couldn’t come at a …

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[31 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,858 views]
‘First Arkansas News’ needs an ad rep

Things have been going well here at First Arkansas News since the site launched back in April.
We’ve got some great reporters submitting articles and now average around 3,500 unique hits per week. Furthermore, there are more than a few regulars who stop in to read articles regularly and the growth in the number of people subscribing to the site through email and the RSS feed has been impressive when one considers the site is less than a year old.
The only area that has been disappointing has to do with ads. …