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Beebe vetoes sand tax exemption

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday used his line-item veto power to veto a section of a budget bill that would exempt the sand used in oil and gas drilling from the state’s sales tax.

State home sales up; county sales flat

LITTLE ROCK — The number of homes sold in Arkansas in January increased by 8.7 percent compared to a year earlier, while the number of homes sold in Jefferson County remained basically flat, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Friday.