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Sunday, July 22, 2017
Debit cards soon to be allowed for Arkansas lottery tickets
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Those who buy lottery tickets in Arkansas will soon be able to purchase the tickets with debit cards instead of cash only.
A new law allowing retailers to accept debit cards takes effect Aug. 1, but retailers are not required to accept debit cards and some say they won’t because the law requires them to pay costs and fees.
E-Z Mart Stores Inc. CEO Sonja Yates Hubbard told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2vNJk3f ) that the chain’s 85 Arkansas retailers won’t accept debit cards because the fees are more than the 5 percent commission on ticket sales.
Jamie Clark, manager of Y&E Superstop in Bryant, said she believes the store will accept debit cards because Interstate 30 travelers who stop at the store expect to pay with debit cards because they’re allowed in some other states.
Man from brief reality TV show admits to hunting violations
SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man who starred on the short-lived reality TV show “American Stuffers” and his son have pleaded guilty to hunting violations in central Arkansas.
Court records show 40-year-old Daniel Ross of Romance and 19-year-old Hunter Ross of Rose Bud pleaded guilty last Tuesday in White County District Court to misdemeanor charges and each was fined $8,500.
Daniel Ross pleaded guilty to hunting during a closed season, night hunting and transporting illegally taken wildlife. In exchange, more than 40