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Verizon to pay $7.4 million for violating customer privacy

Verizon to pay $7.4 million for violating customer privacy


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Federal Communications Commission has reached a $7.4 million settlement with Verizon.

The FCC says the wireless company used personal consumer information for marketing purposes.

As part of the settlement, Verizon has agreed to take significant steps to improve how it protects the privacy rights of customers.


Declining home prices in Arkansas

Declining home prices in Arkansas


MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - If you are looking for a new home, now could be the time to buy. But declining home values in Arkansas aren't good news for everyone.

According to CoreLogic, average home prices are up across the country. They're 7.4 percent higher compared to prices last summer. But in Arkansas, home prices have gone down by 2 percent.

"There's not one thing in particular to pinpoint, just a lot of people decide to sell at the same time," said broker Kim Burkes.

In 2014, 269 more homes were listed than in 2013, but the average sale price has gone down from $192,624 to $184,070, according to the Cooperative Arkansas Realtors Multiple Listing Service.

"Some of those may be foreclosures and short sales which brings the general price down," Burkes said.

Tickets on sale now for Bridal Savoir Faire

Tickets on sale now for Bridal Savoir Faire

It's been called, 'the most adorable bridal show in Arkansas.'  In an effort to promote the best vendors in Central Arkansas to brides-to-be, Meredith Events and Cypress Meadows Plantation presents and A Perfect Bloom and Compassion Fashion hosts Bridal Savoir Faire- "the most adorable bridal show in Arkansas" - a rustic chic bridal event featuring a unique vendor showcase and a runway show with the collaborative works of top local designers and retail markets. Reinventing a new era of wedding style based on "rustic chic" and "vintage chic," Bridal Savoir Faire demonstrates the potential of all the niche services that can be provided by our local vendors to suit the needs of a unique genre of weddings. This cottage elegance inspired event will take place Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 3:00 pm -6:00 pm at Cypress Meadows Plantation in Howell, Arkansas.

NSF awards ASTA $3 million to reduce crop stress

NSF awards ASTA $3 million to reduce crop stress


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ASTA) – The National Science Foundation has awarded the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority's ASSET Initiative a $3 million dollar grant to research stress factors on plants. The money is part of a $6 million dollar multi-state award with Missouri.

The funds will be spread out over 3 years and will be used to create an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art Bioimaging Consortium that will enable researchers to adapt food, fiber, and fuel crops to meet the challenges of a changing climate and a growing world population.

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Spurred by a recent groundswell of entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas, the Arkansas Secretary of State has partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas and created a website that helps first-time entrepreneurs find out how to open a business in the state.

White County Business EXPO set for July 29

White County Business EXPO set for July 29

On Tuesday, July 29, the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the annual White County Business EXPO on the Harding University Campus in the Ganus Center located just off of East Beebe Capps in Searcy.  

The event will open to the public from Noon until 4:00 p.m. and admission is FREE.  It’s a great opportunity for attendees to find out about the products and services in our area, sample many of the local restaurants fare, win one of our fabulous door prizes and meet local business owners, state officials and candidates.  The Grand Prize Drawing will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Contact the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce at 501-268-2458 or visit their website at www.searcychamber.com for more information.

Model casting for Bridal Savoir Faire

Model casting for Bridal Savoir Faire

Bridal Savoir Faire takes place on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Cypress Meadows Plantation Wedding & Event Center from 3-6 PM and producers are now casting models.  This year's runway show is sponsored by Ann's Bridal in Searcy and will also showcase several local designers including fashion labels Deco Rose Couture, N’cholé Féroce, Richie Clark Clothing, LOVE R.O.C.S., AnJanell Fashion, Chavon Shree and designer Nichelle Terry.  The show will feature bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses and men's tuxedo and groom suit styles.