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Long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week after two straight weeks of increases. The benchmark 30-year rate slipped back below the significant 4 percent level.
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Average US Mortgage Rates Fall; 30-Year at 3.96 Percent

Arkansas’ governor is promoting the state as a welcoming place for foreign companies to invest, joining at least three other states that have issued similar policy statements aimed at reassuring international firms.
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Asa Hutchinson Touts Global Investment in Arkansas

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission on Friday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to temporary suspend Saline County Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister.
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Commission Asks State Supreme Court to Suspend Judge

First Arkansas Bank & Trust of Jacksonville enters Conway for the first time, purchasing a vacant bank branch at Hogan Road and Prince Street.
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First Arkansas Bank & Trust to Open Branch In Conway

Davis Real Estate bought Summit House Apartments at 400 N. University Ave. in Little Rock, Berkadia announced on Friday.
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Dallas Firm Buys Summit House Apartments in Little Rock for .7M

U.S. prosecutors have charged more than 400 people, including two dozen in Arkansas, with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing.
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US Charging 412 in Health Fraud Schemes Worth .3B

Americans curtailed their shopping in June, with less spending at restaurants, department stores and gasoline stations. The spending pullback came despite a healthy job market and suggests that economic growth could remain sluggish.
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US Retail Sales Fall For 2nd Month As Consumers Pull Back

Five Jobs You Can Outsource Today

Growing up in a small town, we used to handle all our own chores.  There were no cleaning services that came to the house, no extra special coaches for lessons (the high school coach did it all), and nobody brought groceries to the house.  People banter about the impact of technology and how that has affected our society, but not often have people talked about the changing dynamics of outsourcing.  If you really don’t want to do something, there is a person waiting in the wings to get paid to do it for you.   Here is my list of five things you can outsource today.

  • Waiting In Linetaskrabbit.com – Task rabbit will allow you to outsource a ton of different tasks, but if you want to pay someone to wait in line for the next Star Wars move that comes out, no problem they can find you your man (or woman) for the job.
  • Walking Your Dog – (load the app WAG)- Want a person who will do the dirty work of walking your dog when you aren’t up for the challenge. (When the app loads it says loading in PAWGRESS…get it…lol).  They make it easy for you put in your location and your information and get yourself a dog walker.
  • Never Assemble Furniture Againzemblee.com – Do you remember the first time you put together a piece of IKEA furniture only to have four loose pieces at the end of the job leftover? Zembleee says that if it comes with instructions they can build it for you.  Might be better than the frustration of reading instructions that never make sense anyway.
  • Answering Your Phone –  callruby.com – It’s hard to explain to people why you don’t respond to their texts within a split second or have delays in returning their calls. Maybe your best bet is to hand over the simple task of answering your phone to a third party.  Ruby’s service can answer your phone and even help you take action on your calls.
  • Just about anything –  zirtual.com – You need an assistant or someone to take care of everyday tasks? Zirtual is great for professionals and entrepreneurs that need help with picking up personal items, doing research, or handling scheduling.

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Five Jobs You Can Outsource Today

The priorities of two congressmen supporting the Financial CHOICE Act are to offer community banks on “off ramp” from Dodd-Frank regulations, better define systemically important banks and bring accountability as well as transparency to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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Hill, McHenry: CHOICE Act Will Help Community Banks, Fintech Startups

Marketing executive Chris McMillen has left the leadership team of GWL Digital in Little Rock less than five months after his own digital marketing firm was acquired as an arm of GWL Advertising, led by Gary W. Lay.
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Chris McMillen Has Left GWL Digital, Gary Lay Says