Series preview: Twins at Pittsburgh

Twins relief pitcher Zach Duke

Monday, noon • FSN, 830-AM

Twins RHP Lance Lynn (11-8, 3.43 in 2017) vs. RHP Jameson Taillon (8-7, 4.44 in 2017)

Wednesday, 5 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM

Twins RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 3.60)

Twins update

They are 16-12 all-time against the Pirates, 8-6 in Pittsburgh. … Twins LHP Zach Duke spent the first six years of his MLB career with the Pirates, going 45-70 with a 4.54 ERA as a starter and getting chosen for the All-Star Game in 2009. OF Robbie Grossman was drafted by the Pirates in 2008 but was traded to the Astros in 2012 before making it to the majors. … The Twins have already hit seven home runs this season, with Miguel Sano and Brian Dozier hitting two apiece. … Byron Buxton has two stolen bases, giving him a streak of 26 in a row without being caught. … Lynn will make his Twins debut on Monday. The former St. Louis righthander is 7-7 with a 5.10 ERA in 21 career starts against the Pirates. Wednesday’s starter, Odorizzi, has never faced Pittsburgh.

Pirates update

Thanks to a controversial replay reversal, Pittsburgh opened the season with a 13-10, 13-inning victory at Detroit on Friday, then swept a doubleheader with the Tigers on Sunday following a rainout Saturday. … Monday is Opening Day in Pittsburgh, where the Pirates have won four straight openers. … Nova is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA vs. the Twins, both wins coming while with the Yankees. … The Pirates traded former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen to the Giants and their top pitcher, Gerrit Cole, to the Astros over the winter. … Former Twins LHP Nik Turley is in the Pirates organization but is serving an 80-game suspension for failing a PED test. … 1B Josh Bell hit 26 home runs in 2017 and led Pittsburgh with 90 RBI.

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‘Tiny home’ community in the works to mitigate homelessness

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CONWAY, Ark. (KATV) — Tiny house living is a growing movement across the country, including right here in Arkansas. Now, one Conway man is hoping these tiny homes will be a solution for homelessness in his community.

Phillip Fletcher, founder of City of Hope Outreach, a non-profit organization that shelters and mentors those in need, says there are roughly 200 homeless people in the Conway area.

“In 2014 I went from a four-bedroom house to moving into an apartment, then from there I went to a homeless shelter,” Anthony Stufflebean said. He doesn’t have four walls and a roof to call home—he’s been living in his car since July of 2017.

“When it rains, it pours,” Stufflebean said, listing his series of unfortunate events including the death of his parents and a hip surgery that cost him his job.

“People look upon the homeless as a problem because they say they’re lazy,” Stufflebean said, explaining that he’s anything but, and is just one of many in the community who doesn’t have a place to call his own.

“Every human being has this innate desire to have a place to live, to have some food in their stomach, and work,” Fletcher said.

That’s why City of Hope Outreach is creating Hope Village. Right now, it’s just an empty plot of land beside COHO’s building, but according to Fletcher, ten tiny homes, all less than 1,000 square feet, will soon occupy the space.

“It would help the homeless not be homeless. It would help families,” Stufflebean added.

Fletcher says the $30,000-dollar plot of land is set to be home to nearly 40 people—those who are homeless, veterans, and low-income families—by the end of the year. It could be the light at the end of the very dark tunnel that’s been Stufflebean’s life for the past few years.

“We don’t want to create a ghetto of homeless people. What we want to do is create a mixed environment in which people from different backgrounds can come together, live together, and blossom together,” Fletcher said. “We want to create an environment where these houses are just like any other neighborhood in our city of Conway.”

Homelessness, according to Fletcher, required different solutions. He explains that shelters are one way to get people off the street in an emergency, but COHO is taking a more solid approach.

“What would it look like instead of building a shelter where we just put people in one large room and in bunk beds? What would it look like if every person had their own home?” Fletcher remarked, adding that he believes it’s a more humane and cost-effective initiative.

When Fletcher presented the idea of Hope Village to the city, it was welcomed with open arms and was approved unanimously.

Fletcher tells us COHO has paid for about a third of the plot of land so far, and that the goal is to break ground Fall of 2018. Construction companies are currently placing bids for the tiny homes; meanwhile COHO plans to start raising money for the project.

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Longtime owners sell Beacon Hill Apartments for $9.2M last month

The Beacon Hill Apartments at 1801 Reservoir Road sold recently for $9.2 million.

Beacon Hill Little Rock LLC, a Dallas limited liability company, paid $9.2 million last month for Beacon Hill Apartments, which had the same owner for about 28 years.

The sellers, which include partners from around the country, bought the Little Rock apartments at 1801 Reservoir Road in 1989 from the Resolution Trust Corp., the federal entity that oversaw the breakup of savings and loan associations across the country, said Jim Barre, who lives in Northwest Arkansas. The failed FirstSouth Savings and Loan Association of Pine Bluff had been the owner.

“After owning something that long, the ownership group was ready to simplify things,” Barre said. “And the market is strong for apartment communities. It seemed like the time was right.”

Beacon Hill has 168 units, making the sales price equal to almost $54,800 per unit.

Barre and the other partners in Beacon Hill Inc. kept the apartments in meticulous condition throughout the years, said Ted Bailey III, an owner of The Multifamily Group along with Richard Cheek. Cheek and Bailey represented the sellers in the transaction.

Barre and the other partners owned Beacon Hill but also managed it, Bailey said.

“They put their heart and soul into it,” Bailey said. “They had invested quite a bit in maintaining the property, painting, replacing [the air conditioning]. It was one of those pride-of-ownership properties.”

The apartments, built in 1985, were appraised at $5.9 million. They sit on about eight acres.

ARA Newmark of Memphis also represented the sellers, Barre said.

The sellers still own apartments in Hot Springs, Conway and Bentonville, Barre said.

The buyer, Beacon Hill Little Rock LLC, is an affiliate of RREAF Holdings LLC in Dallas.

GUESTHOUSE

Midtown Suites LLC bought the GuestHouse Apartments in Little Rock for $1.6 million last month.

Lane Patterson and Matthew Lane are members of Midtown Suites, which helped to finance the purchase with a $1.4 million mortgage from Capital Bank. The mortgage matures in 2022.

The apartments will be renamed Midtown Suites, Patterson said. Midtown Suites are fully furnished apartments with all utilities paid, Patterson said.

“We’re really catering to the medical profession … and outpatients [from nearby hospitals],” Patterson said.

The two-story apartments include 27 units in three buildings, at 115 N. Taylor St., 5511 A St. and 5515 A St. The complex was built in two phases, in about 1955 and then in about 1960, according to records at the Pulaski County Circuit Clerk’s website.

Since Midtown Suites LLC took over the apartments the occupancy has been about 85 percent and is often fully leased, Patterson said.

“We’re going through and remodeling a lot of the units,” Patterson said. “They haven’t been cosmetically updated. We’re redoing the grounds, putting in new awnings and signage and marketing.”

Management allows 30-day leases.

About three years ago, the owners bought another apartment complex nearby at 121 Jackson St., Patterson said. Those apartments, with 13 units, were renamed Midtown Suites East, Patterson said.

“We just want to expand our footprint in Little Rock and look to other markets,” Patterson said. “We want to duplicate the product and the experience.”

CHENAL CENTER

LLEJ VIII LLC invested $1.2 million last month to buy property at 15200 Chenal Parkway where the Chenal Park Centre is under construction.

Leonard Boen, owner and principal broker with Commercial Realty LLC in Little Rock, is manager of the corporation.

The seller was Chenal Park Centre LLC.

Chenal Park Centre is a 7,800 square foot shopping center near Kroger and Walgreens in west Little Rock. The center is scheduled to be completed in May, according to a marketing flier.

LLEJ VII borrowed $2.6 million for a construction mortgage from First Community Bank of Batesville. The loan matures in 2022.

LLEJ VIII bought property at the construction site, a spokesman with Commercial Realty said. It also plans to build on one lot of the strip center and have other lots available, the spokesman said.

The spokesman declined to disclose any tenants for the center.

WAREHOUSE SOLD

Canvas Community United Methodist Congregation bought the former Little Rock Vending Co. in downtown Little Rock for $450,000 last month.

The 12,500 square foot building, constructed in about 1930, is a storage warehouse.

The warehouse, at 1107 W. Seventh St., last appraised at $480,000. The church is at 1111 W. Seventh St. in the same block as the warehouse.

The church helped finance the purchase with a $229,000 mortgage with Conway-based Centennial Bank and another loan of $225,000 with Cassineli Inc.

John Forbus and Larry Winters were listed as trustees of the Methodist congregation.

ASKEW CREATIVE

Askew Creative LLC bought a 9,000-square-foot building at 917 W. Markham St. from S & MJ Investments for $343,000 last month.

The two-story building was built about 80 years ago. It is home to law offices and P&P Services, a computer repair and information technology business.

Askew Creative was formed in January with Kate Anderson Askew as manager and lawyer Jess Askew III as a member.

Askew Creative borrowed $274,000 from Simmons Bank to help finance the purchase. The mortgage matures in 2023.

The building was last appraised at $364,000.

The seller was S & MJ Investments LLC, led by members Steven K. Lucchi and Mary J. Lucchi.

Jess Askew didn’t return a phone call seeking comment.

CENTRAK PLANS MOVE

Centark Truck & Equipment Parts LLC paid $302,000 last month for a 40,000 square-foot building at 1028 N. Redmond Road in Jacksonville.

Centark is in the process of moving from its current 20,000 square-foot location at 2602 General Samuels Road in Jacksonville, said Kip Glaze, owner of the truck and equipment business.

“We’ve been blessed,” Glaze said in explaining the need for his 3-year-old company to move to a larger building.

He hopes to be moved into the new location by the end of the month, Glaze said.

Glaze’s company sells truck parts and equipment parts, mostly through online sales, he said.

Centark Truck & Equipment Parts LLC borrowed $240,000 from U.S. Bank to help finance its purchase. The mortgage matures in 2023.

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This Morning’s Technical Outlook on Banking Stocks — Home Bancshares, ICICI Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and Simmons First National

NEW YORK, March 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — WallStEquities.com strives to bring the best free research to the investment community. Today we are offering reports on HOMB, IBN, JPM, and SFNC which can be accessed for free by signing up to www.wallstequities.com/registration. WallStEquities.com has issued research reports on Home Bancshares Inc. (Conway, AR) (NASDAQ: HOMB), ICICI Bank Ltd (NYSE: IBN), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Simmons First National Corp. (NASDAQ: SFNC). Companies in the Money Center Banks space raise most of their funds from the domestic and international money markets, relying less on depositors for funds. All you have to do is sign up today for this free limited time offer by clicking the link below.

Home Bancshares

Conway, Arkansas headquartered Home Bancshares Inc. (Conway, AR)’s shares declined 1.33%, closing Thursday’s trading session at $24.51. The stock recorded a trading volume of 535,417 shares. The Company’s shares have advanced 2.94% in the last month and 4.39% over the previous three months. The stock is trading 2.36% above its 50-day moving average and 2.70% above its 200-day moving average. Additionally, shares of Home Bancshares, which operates as the bank holding company for Centennial Bank that provides commercial and retail banking, and related financial services to businesses, real estate developers and investors, individuals, and municipalities, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 55.99.

On February 22nd, 2018, Home Bancshares announced that the Board of Directors has authorized an increase of 5,000,000 in the number of shares of the Company’s stock available under its common stock repurchase program, which was approved by the Board in January 2008 and previously amended in January 2017. The authorization was made in anticipation of the capital growth expected as a result of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”.

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ICICI Bank

On Thursday, shares in Mumbai, India-based ICICI Bank Ltd recorded a trading volume of 7.66 million shares, which was above their three months average volume of 6.85 million shares. The stock rose 1.21%, ending the day at $9.20. The Company’s shares have advanced 22.96% over the past year. The stock is trading below its 200-day moving average by 1.76%. Furthermore, shares of ICICI Bank, which together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial services in India and internationally, have an RSI of 35.63. IBN’s complimentary research coverage is a few simple steps away at:

JPMorgan Chase

New York headquartered JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s stock finished the day 0.01% higher at $114.74 with a total trading volume of 11.01 million shares. The Company’s shares have advanced 2.35% in the last month, 8.53% in the previous three months, and 25.80% over the past year. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 1.84% and 15.99%, respectively. Additionally, shares of JPMorgan Chase, which operates as a financial services company worldwide, have an RSI of 52.94.

On February 21st, 2018, research firm Morgan Stanley reiterated its ‘Overweight’ rating on the Company’s stock with an increase of the target price from $133 a share to $136 a share.

On February 27th, 2018, JPMorgan Chase has filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31st, 2017 with the SEC. The report is available on SEC’s website as well as on the Firm’s Investor Relations website, under “SEC & Other Filings”. Register for your free research report on JPM at:

Simmons First National

Shares in Pine Bluff, Arkansas headquartered Simmons First National Corp. ended yesterday’s session 0.50% lower at $30.05. The stock recorded a trading volume of 327,999 shares. The Company’s shares have advanced 5.35% in the last month, 7.51% over the previous three months, and 4.07% over the past year. The stock is trading 3.15% and 8.23% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Moreover, shares of Simmons First National, which operates as a bank holding company for Simmons Bank that provides financial services to individuals and businesses, have an RSI of 59.45. Wall St. Equities’ downloadable research report on SFNC available at:

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Kellyanne Conway: Trump will act on gun legislation

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Kellyanne Conway said Thursday that gun legislation will not change “overnight,” but President Trump plans to act on the issue.

“These solutions will not happen overnight, but I can assure you that the time for listening, and the time for action, will come very quickly because that’s the way President Trump is. He’s a man of action,” Mrs. Conway, senior counselor to the president, said on Fox News.

She said the listening session on Wednesday was a positive display of different people with different ideas exchanging solutions for a common problem.

“I think some of the divisions and dissension you heard among the participants yesterday very much reflect the same difference of opinion that you see all across our country,” Mrs. Conway said.

She added that Mr. Trump took all the suggestions seriously and hopes Congress will as well. She specifically mentioned raising the age limit to purchase a firearm as well as security in the schools.

“The legislature makes the laws. The president executes them,” Mrs. Conway said.

The topic of gun control came back to the forefront last week when a gunman opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, leaving 17 people dead and more than a dozen wounded. The suspected shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, had a propensity for violence, according to disturbing social media posts. Police said he used an AR-15 to carry out the mass shooting.

Mr. Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and is being held without bond.

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German newspaper says reporter detained in Turkey freed

BERLIN – German daily Die Welt says one of its reporters who was detained in Turkey for more than a year has been released from jail.

The newspaper cited Deniz Yucel’s lawyer in its report Friday.

Yucel, who has both German and Turkish citizenship, was arrested in Istanbul on Feb. 14, 2017, on terrorism and propaganda charges.

His high-profile case and that of six other German citizens held in Turkey for what Germany considers political reasons have badly soured relations between the two countries.

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Should Income Investors Buy Home Bancshares Inc (Conway AR) (NASDAQ:HOMB) Before Its Ex-Dividend?

Shares of Home Bancshares Inc (Conway, AR) (NASDAQ:HOMB) will begin trading ex-dividend in 3 days. To qualify for the dividend check of $0.11 per share, investors must have owned the shares prior to 13 February 2018, which is the last day the company’s management will finalize their list of shareholders to which they will send dividend payments. Is this future income stream a compelling catalyst for dividend investors to think about the stock as an investment today? Let’s take a look at Home Bancshares (Conway AR)’s most recent financial data to examine its dividend characteristics in more detail. See our latest analysis for Home Bancshares (Conway AR)

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer? Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout? Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past? Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments? Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqGS:HOMB Historical Dividend Yield Feb 9th 18

Home Bancshares (Conway AR) has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 44.66%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 26.96%, leading to a dividend yield of around 2.12%. However, EPS should increase to $1.76, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment. If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. In the case of HOMB it has increased its DPS from $0.04 to $0.44 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes HOMB a true dividend rockstar. Compared to its peers, Home Bancshares (Conway AR) generates a yield of 1.90%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Home Bancshares (Conway AR) is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. I’ve put together three key aspects you should further examine:

1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HOMB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HOMB’s outlook.2. Valuation: What is HOMB worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether HOMB is currently mispriced by the market.3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.

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Conway: None of the SOTU guests being leaked is ‘great sign of a very tight White House’

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway noted Friday that none of the guests at President Trump’s first State of the Union address this week were leaked, calling it “a great sign of a very tight White House that’s working for the American people.”

“By the way, I wanted to say one thing about that speech, one thing quickly about that speech that nobody said,” Conway told “Fox & Friends” in an interview Friday. “Everybody is commenting how great the guests were. How incredibly moving and heroic and tragic and patriotic the guests’ stories were.”

“In addition, none of them ever leaked,” she continued. “And I did want to make that point. Because there was a very small group involved in that. But none of them ever leaked. I think it’s a great sign of a very tight White House that’s working for the American people and for the president’s agenda and not their own egos.”

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The White House has seemingly reduced the number of leaks to the media after former Homeland Security chief John Kelly, also a retired general, was chosen to replace Reince Priebus as chief of staff. Political observers have also pointed to the departure of former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon as another factor in the decreased number of leaks to the press.

Conway often appears on “Fox & Friends,” a program the president has praised numerous times in morning tweets.

Earlier in her interview Friday, she confirmed that the president will not sit down for an interview with NBC at halftime of the Super Bowl.

“At the moment, no. He said no to that,” she said. “He addressed the American people directly this week through his State of the Union speech and he talks to them, cuts out the middle man plenty of times. He said all he needs to say earlier this week and it was a great speech to the country.”

Trump sat down with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly for last year’s game, which was carried by Fox-TV.

President George W. Bush was the first commander in chief to sit down at halftime with the broadcast network carrying the Super Bowl back in 2004.

President Obama did interviews during Super Bowl halftimes for each of his eight years in office.

Sunday’s matchup between the defending-champion New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles on NBC is expected to draw more than 110 million viewers.

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Gerard Butler Joins Girlfriend Morgan Brown for Date Night!

Gerard Butler and his longtime girlfriend Morgan Brown are seen waiting for their car at valet after a date night at The Roger Room Bar on Thursday (January 25) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The couple drove off with Morgan behind the wheel after their romantic night together.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Gerard Butler

Gerard‘s latest movie Den of Thieves is currently in theaters and heading into its second weekend of release. The film debuted at number three last weekend with a gross of $15 million at the box office.

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