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Legal Centers to US Supreme Court: Declare Ohio Precious Metals Dealers licensing scheme unconstitutional
1851 Center for Constitutional Law
The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law and the Pacific Legal Foundation today petitioned the United States Supreme Court to stop enforcement of the "Ohio Precious Metals Dealers Act" against Ohio businesses because the Act imposes onerous regulations in response to advertising protected by the First Amendment.
Editor's note: An article regarding the Ohio's Precious Metals Dealer Act, which ran in Tuesday's publication, was initially published last year. The information was not current. We regret the error.
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Legal centers seek stop to Ohio metals dealers law (The Associated Press via Morning Journal News)




Pawnshop joins the war against heroin
WCPO-TV
De Anna Gullett has a couple hundred open heroin cases filed in accordion folders next to her desk, but she's not a detective, not in the typical sense of the word anyway. Gullett is the law enforcement liaison for the pawnshop chain Quick-Cash, Inc. After an uptick in stolen merchandise being hocked at her stores, she started asking police questions. Their answer: heroin.
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Pawn stores thriving even as economy improves
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Reading Eagle
You can learn a lot about the state of the economy looking at the iPads, trendy high-end purses and even fur being held in a storage room at Dynasty Jewelry and Loan, a pawn shop in suburban Atlanta. While the recession may have officially ended five years ago and Wall Street is rocking and rolling, the pawn business is as robust as ever in metro Atlanta as many residents have yet to feel the effect of a rebound, pawn operators say.
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3 business lessons you can learn from Batman
Inc.
There has never been a savvier businessman in comic books other than Bruce Wayne (except for perhaps Tony Stark). In addition to his credentials in business, Bruce Wayne has managed to capture the imagination of people all over the world for his personality and persona, as well as the bad guys that he fights. The public face of Batman, however, was a multi-billionaire who ran a successful corporation that seemed to do a little bit of everything.
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Apple's grand mobile payments plan sound like it will be very secure
Business Insider
As part of Apple's grand plan to change the way we shop, the company is reportedly set to introduce a new kind of mobile payments technology with the iPhone 6, which will make credit-card transactions far more secure.

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Operation Choke Point could soon grip casinos
Las Vegas Review-Journal
It has already hit gun and ammunition dealers. It has shut down pawnshops and short-term lenders. It has caused banks to discharge potentially thousands from their customer rolls who’ve done nothing illegal or improper. The next casualty will be America’s casino and gaming industry.

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Investigators working with pawn shops to identify stolen items
WALB-TV
Investigators from four south Georgia counties are working with local pawnshops to bring stolen jewelry back to its owners. Jason Lee Grizzard remains in the Thomas County Jail after he was arrested for burglary.

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Virginia's Campbell County Supervisors adopt code for pawnshops
Lynchburg News and Advance
Two Campbell County, Virginia, pawnshops now can resume regular pawn operations after the county's Board of Supervisors approved updates to the county code. The 6-1 vote followed a public hearing where no one spoke. Timberlake District Supervisor Michael Rousseau opposed the additions because he didn't think it was necessary to replicate state language at the county level.
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8-year sentence handed down for New York pawnshop owner hold-up
The Niagara Gazette
A Falls, New York, man who held up a popular pawnshop owner will be doing time in state prison. Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas has sentenced Robert Thornton to eight years behind bars for his guilty plea to a violent felony charge in the case.
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10 small business tax definitions to determine your eligibility
Small Business Trends
The term "small business" is casually used in conversation to describe companies that aren't public companies or other large firms. But when it comes to taxes, the term has a very specific meaning, one that controls or limits eligibility to various tax breaks.
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Accused Danville, Kentucky, pawnshop shooter seeks return of property
The Advocate Messenger
The attorney representing accused pawnshop shooter Kenneth Allen Keith asked Boyle Circuit Court Judge Darren Peckler for the return of confiscated property belonging to the former pastor.
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