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    Arkansas Business headlines Jan. 14

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- Stocks gained for a second straight week as company earnings reports started to come in.

    Earnings season continues this week, with more public companies turning in quarterly earnings reports.

    Among the Arkansas companies reporting this week: Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock. It's scheduled to report on Wednesday after the market closes.

    And at noon today, the 89th General Assembly convenes.

    Lawmakers ready to tackle a host of issues, including the possible Medicaid expansion. But there's several other major issues on the agenda as well.

    There's the possibility of another cut to the state's grocery tax, a new voter ID law that requires voters to show identification when casting ballots, and a remake of scholarship amounts for the Arkansas scholarship lottery.

    Gov. Mike Beebe will also be taking part in what will be his final regular legislative session. He'll lay out his agenda Tuesday in a State of the State address in a special joint session of the House and Senate.

    And speaking of the legislature, a former Arkansas lawmaker has sold the web address to his pioneering political blog.

    Former state Sen. Steve Harrelson, of Texarkana, last week sold his UndertheDome dot com domain name for 78-hundred dollars.

    The buyer was a group out of Staten Island, N.Y.

    Harrelson originally bought the domain name for $100.

    Harrelson told Arkansas Business he thinks he was the first legislator in Arkansas to start blogging about state legislative doings when he began writing on the blog at the beginning of the 2007 legislative session.

    The site later developed a statewide following.

    The company that purchased the domain plans to use it for a blog about New York politics.

    (Source: Arkansas Business)

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