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Events

Much is going on in Clinton this weekend. The Clinton High School Homecoming Parade is 4 p.m. Friday in downtown Clinton. The third annual Redneck Games will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds. The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual chili cookoff Saturday around the Courthouse square. And also Saturday Farm Bureau holds it annual banquet for members.

Permit

DeSoto Gathering Co. has submitted an application to renew its air permit for a gas, compressing natural, in the field on a contract basis facility under the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s Regulation 26. The facility is on Austin Road in Bee Branch. The application was declared administratively complete on Sept. 24, 2013.

Anyone who would like to examine the permit application should contact ADEQ at (501) 682-0730. Interested or affected persons may request a hearing on the proposed permit with a written request to ADEQ within the next 10 days.

Loans

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a consumer-protection lawsuit Tuesday against entities accused of colluding to offer illegal payday loans to Arkansans while claiming to be affiliated with a Native American tribe in order to avoid legal action.

McDaniel’s lawsuit against Western Sky Financial, CashCall, Inc., WS Funding, Martin A. Webb and J. Paul Reddam alleges that the defendants offer online payday loans with interest rates as high as 342 percent, in violation of Arkansas law. Western Sky, based in South Dakota, identifies itself as a tribal entity protected by tribal sovereign immunity.

McDaniel said Western Sky is not protected by tribal immunity because it is not owned or operated by a tribe. Consumers based in Arkansas, not on tribal lands, use the Internet to apply for loans and sign loan documents.

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