Feds Eyeing a Crackdown on Predatory Payday Lenders

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  Feds Eyeing a Crackdown on Predatory Payday Lenders By Burt Carey The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing new regulations designed to place limits on excessively high-interest loans issued by short-term lenders. The CFPB proposal would require so-called payday lenders to prove borrowers have an ability to repay a loan by the time […]

Budweiser Replaces its Logo with America Through Election Day

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  Budweiser Replaces its Logo with America Through Election Day By Burt Carey In a nod toward patriotism seldom seen in corporate circles these days, Budweiser has refashioned its 12-ounce cans and bottles with an iconic name, America. The country’s biggest-selling brew has replaced its name for the summer season and will continue the promotion […]

New Home Sales Jump in April

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  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median […]

Small Brand – Huge Idea

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  Small Brand – Huge Idea by Amy Lignor   Big business will consistently state that although they are trying to make their products more environmentally safe, or trying to become more eco-friendly, the proof they are doing so remains slim to none. To be fair, there are various industries, such as the lodging industry, […]

Tips for Building a Farm Pond

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  Tips for Building a Farm Pond By Burt Carey Growing up in rural Northern California, my two brothers and I were blessed to have a down-the-road neighbor who allowed us to fish in his farm pond just about anytime we wanted. It came to be known to us as Jack’s Lake. The pond sat […]

Wyoming Landowner Wins Battle With EPA Over Stock Pond

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  Wyoming Landowner Wins Battle With EPA Over Stock Pond By Burt Carey All Andy Johnson wanted was a small pond to provide water for his cattle. What he got was a $16 million fine from the Environmental Protection Agency. Johnson, a professional welder who owns a 9-acre cattle farm in Fort Bridger, Wyo., received […]

Takata Air Bag Recall Could Affect 40 Million U.S. Vehicles

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  Takata Air Bag Recall Could Affect 40 Million U.S. Vehicles By Burt Carey Safety air bags on as many as 40 million U.S. automobiles are on the Takata Corporation’s short list for recalls, according to published reports this week. The Japanese air bag manufacturer has been under pressure by U.S. transportation officials to replace […]

Is Buying a Hobby Farm in Your Future?

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  Is Buying a Hobby Farm in Your Future? By Burt Carey More and more Americans are escaping big city or suburb life for one in the country on their own 40 acres, trading traffic and honking horns for the quieter, simpler life of a farmer. They’ve traded business apparel for denim, floppy hats and […]

Firearms Industry Has Grown 158 Percent Since 2008

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  Firearms Industry Has Grown 158 Percent Since 2008 By Burt Carey Firearms industry leaders announced phenomenal growth figures this week. The overall economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States has grown 158 percent since 2008, increasing in sales from $19.1 billion in 2008 to a whopping $49.3 billion in […]

Trade Deficits Holding Back U.S. Manufacturing Jobs, Output

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  Trade Deficits Holding Back U.S. Manufacturing Jobs, Output By Burt Carey Presidential candidates on both sides of the political spectrum have said much about jobs in America, and oftentimes those discussions are based on the link between trade deficits and domestic manufacturing. Whether it’s Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, billionaire […]