Business news in brief

Posted: June 13, 2014 at 2:39 a.m.

In this Thursday, May 29, 2014 photo, real estate broker Nancy Dowson, center right, with Keller Williams Realty, shows a house to prospective buyer Mary Tuttle, center, in Miami Shores, Fla. Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

July 18 deadline for water funding Arkansas landowners have until July 18 to apply for funding from the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to monitor edge-of-field water quality at watersheds throughout the state.

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