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TruTV strikes pure gold with 'Hardcore Pawn'
Variety
Perhaps not even the expert pawn team at Detroit's American Jewelry & Loan could estimate the value that their personalities and business operation would offer to TruTV upon the launch of reality series "Hardcore Pawn." Since its series debut in 2010, "Hardcore" has brought record-breaking ratings to the cabler, routinely drawing more than 3 million viewers — besting even some competitor programs on broadcast.
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Senators seek to cap interest rates on consumer loans
The Hill
Several Democratic senators are taking aim at interest rates and fees on a broad range of consumer loans. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., along with several other lawmakers, introduced a bill that would create an interest rate and fee cap of 36 percent for all consumer credit transactions, in an effort to end rates that can skyrocket up to 300 percent.
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Background checks on gun sales: How do they work?
CNN
A central part of the gun legislation Congress expected is the idea of expanded background checks on gun purchases. But few Americans understand how background checks actually work. Leaders from both sides of the aisle — and an overwhelming number of Americans in national opinion polls — support expanded background checks before the purchase of guns. But when it comes to specifics, the divide shows.
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A+E Networks UK's HISTORY unveils details about 'Pawn Stars UK'
World Screen
"Pawn Stars UK" will spotlight Regal Pawn, a pawnshop located outside of Chester, near the border of Wales and England. The show is set to star owner Mark "Big Mark" Manning, his daughter Vicki, his best friend Little Mark and Little Mark's son, Marco. It is being produced by Leftfield Pictures, which also produces the U.S. version. The program will begin airing this fall.
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Antique and pawnshop owners in Monroe County, NY, protest proposed law
WROC-TV
Republican Monroe County Legislator Carmen Gamina, of Webster, N.Y., moved to table a vote on introducing his proposed law meant to regulate pawnbrokers, second hand dealers and jewelry and coin exchange dealers during a recent meeting. The move came after much criticism from business owners. "Your proposed law presumes an antique dealer's guilt by identifying all second hand dealers as quick purchasers of stolen goods," said one business owner during the public comment session.
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Maine pawnshops may have waiting period before jewelry can be sold
Morning Sentinel
A modified version of a bill to require pawnshops in Maine to hold on to jewelry before it is resold is headed to the House of Representatives with a strong committee recommendation. Rep. Lori Fowle, D-Vassalboro, sponsored L.D. 71 after hearing from a couple who said they had family jewelry stolen that was found only after it had been melted down.
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Job growth slows sharply, but unemployment rate dips
NPR
There were just 88,000 jobs added to private and public payrolls in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates. But the nation's jobless rate still edged down to 7.6 percent from 7.7 percent. That dip wasn't for a good reason, though: Nearly half a million fewer people were participating in the labor force. That smaller pool meant the jobless rate could tick down even as job growth was weak.
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Report shows US working poor on the rise
Law Firm Newswire
The number of working poor in America continues to grow. The working poor are families struggling with poverty, despite having working parents. Much of the recent decline in unemployment comes from relatively low-paying jobs in the service and retail industries.

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Pawn store shopping tips
KNSD-TV
NBC 7 reporter Consumer Bob talks to San Diego pawn store owner Jeff Bernard about how people can get the best deal for their items. Do your homework. Don't be afraid to negotiate. And, most of all, have fun.

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Comcast places ban on firearm advertising commercials
Classic Jewelry and Loan
Comcast cable network places ban on any commercial that advertises the sale of firearms, affecting local firearm industry. SuddenLink Media who buys airtime on the Comcast network in the Huntington-Barboursville area has asked Classic Jewelry and Loan to change their current commercial because it showed a sweep of their firearm inventory.

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The 2 most important days in April
American Express OPEN Forum
Eva Rosenberg at MarketWatch brings up a great point—everyone thinks that April is tax month because returns are due on the 15th. While that's true, it's only one of the several tax return deadlines that affect small-business owners over the course of the month. By focusing exclusively one date, you run the risk of missing other important deadlines.
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Ohio man tries to pawn item he stole from same shop
WHIO-TV
A Springfield, Ohio, man allegedly stole an item from a pawnshop and attempted to sell it back to the same store five minutes later. Police were called to Pawn Stars after a store clerk said a man had stolen their property and then returned to the scene, according to police reports.
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What drives the gold price?
International Business Times
There is still an incredible amount of misunderstanding on Wall Street about the relationship between the price of gold and the true value of the U.S. dollar. Most pundits simply claim that a rising dollar, as measured by the Dollar Index, causes gold prices to fall … and that is the end of their analysis.
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