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EZCorp feels pinch of payday loan regulations; delays financial results
Austin Business Journal
EZCorp Inc., the Austin, Texas-based chain of pawn shops and payday lenders that is in the midst of a corporate turnaround, is feeling the pressure from local laws passed in Texas that clamp down on short-term loans, company officials disclosed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "The company's U.S. financial services business continues to be pressured by regulatory changes enacted last fiscal year. Financial services revenues were down 10 percent while bad debt expense was flat year-over-year, primarily due to the impact of new ordinance cities in Texas," reads the filing.
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Pawnshop resale times would lengthen under proposed Illinois law
Chicago Tribune
A bill approved by the Illinois Senate seeks to require pawnshops to hold onto items for a week before reselling them — an effort to help prevent the sale of stolen goods. State Sen. Don Harmon said he introduced the bill in January. It passed 51-1 in the Senate April 22 and moved on to the House, where it's being sponsored by state Rep. Camille Lilly.
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Gifts for Mom at Brothers In Arms Pawn
Island Gazette
Mother's Day is coming quickly and the folks at Brothers in Arms Pawn can help you find that perfect gift at a great deal! Everything from musical instruments to jewelry can be found at great prices. Their jewelry selection includes a vast amount of necklaces, rings, bracelets, watches and more and are sure to put a smile on Mom's face!
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Missing N.W.A. platinum plaques found at Plano, Texas, pawnshop
Plano Star-Courier
It's not often a celebrity reaches out to Top Cash Pawn in search of his belongings, so when Taylor Packwood received a call from John Huffman, agent for N.W.A. "gangsta rap" member Tracy "The D.O.C." Curry, regarding five platinum record plaques, he was understandably surprised.
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    Is Operation Choke Point to blame for bank account closures?
    The Hill
    Pawnbrokers, payday lenders, gun dealers, and others claim that the Department of Justice's Operation Choke Point and bank regulator pressure are forcing banks and credit unions to close the accounts of legal businesses. But most of those account closures have more to do with the Bush Administration's 2001 USA Patriot Act than with Operation Choke Point. Banks also close accounts all the time for a variety of other reasons.
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    Tennessee pawnshop owner faces 118 counts of violating Pawn Broker's Act
    WATE-TV
    A Hamblen County, Tennessee, pawnshop owner was arrested for violating the Pawn Broker's Act, again. Owner of Money Man Pawn James Floyd Drinnon, who is already waiting for his day in court regarding 117 counts of violating the Pawn Broker’s Act, was arrested after selling an item to an undercover police officer.
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    New York City's pawnshops drawing criticism from desperate customers over high-interest rates
    WPIX-TV
    A news station hit up some of the busiest pawnshops in New York with undercover cameras rolling. It's where jewelry turns into cash. "It's $900, you pay us back $1,108," one clerk said. Pawnshops have long been the lender of last resort, now getting a glitzy makeover thanks to TV shows like Hard Core Pawn, but for those pawning to make ends meet, it can be a losing bargain.
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    Gold bounces off 6-week low, heads back to $1,200
    MarketWatch
    Gold futures settled with a gain of just over 1 percent, bouncing off a six-week low set in the previous session as traders searched for clues on when the Federal Reserve will begin lifting interest rates.
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    Big fight is big boost to Las Vegas: 'Pawn Stars' ' Harrison
    CNBC
    Expect the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight to provide a substantial boost to the Las Vegas economy, reality star and pawnshop owner Rick Harrison said. "Hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent there this weekend," said Harrison, whose Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is the subject of the History Channel show "Pawn Stars."
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    New York pawnshop manager pistol whipped during armed robbery
    DNAinfo
    A manager at a Forest Hills, New York, pawnshop was punched, kicked and pistol-whipped during an armed robbery that took place recently in broad daylight, police said. The incident, officials said, happened at Gold Buyers Club and Jewelers.
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    3.69-carat diamond found in Arkansas park
    CNN
    Can a prayer for diamonds actually turn up a gem? When you're exploring the fields at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, the odds are higher than usual. "Are you going to bless me and let me find a diamond today?" That was Susie Clark's prayer on April 23, according to the state park service.
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