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DuPont Expansion to Bring 18 New Jobs to Lenoir Co., NC
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) is expanding its operations in Lenoir County. The company plans to create 18 new jobs and invest $30 million over the next three years in Kinston. NC Commerce
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APAC Customer Services, Inc. expanding Charleston County operations, adding 200 jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A leader in global customer care outsourcing solutions is expanding its Charleston County operations. APAC Customer Services, Inc. is adding 200 local jobs to its existing North Charleston, S.C. facility. SC Commerce
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A GOP Opportunity in Virginia?
Entering the final fortnight of the Senate races, something of a pattern has started to develop. Republicans are leading in the Real Clear Politics average of recent polling in all states that were to the right of the national average in the 2012 election (which President Obama won by 4 points), with two exceptions: Kansas, which is tied; and North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan is clinging to a 2-point lead but has less than 46 percent support. These right-of-center states in which the GOP is leading include six where seats are currently held by Democrats: Arkansas, Alaska, Louisiana, South Dakota, Montana, and West Virginia. Weekly Standard
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Craft brewers join the fight against natural gas pipelines
On a recent afternoon, visitors packed into Blue Mountain Brewery, one of three craft breweries in Virginia’s idyllic Rockfish Valley. Couples and families spilled out of the restaurant onto patios and into gardens, sipping Full Nelson Pale Ale, Kölsch 151, Original Nitro Porter, and more. Grist
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As US debates oil train safety, local rules gather steam (+video)
The US Department of Transportation is crafting new safety rules for oil train cars, hoping to lower the risk of disaster after several high-profile accidents. But in the meantime, states and cities are mulling action of their own – from making oil less volatile, to slapping fees on oil cars that run through cities. Christian Science Monitor
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Train in Alabama oil spill was carrying 2.7 million gallons of crude
A train that derailed and exploded in rural Alabama was hauling 2.7 million gallons of crude oil, according to officials. The 90-car train was crossing a timber trestle above a wetland near Aliceville late Thursday night when approximately 25 rail cars and two locomotives derailed, spilling crude oil into the surrounding wetlands and igniting a fire that was still burning Saturday. Los Angeles Times
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This Map Identifies The Skill Set That Defines Each Big City
LinkedIn's Sohan Murthy posted a fascinating interactive map showing the most disproportionately common skills listed by LinkedIn users in cities across the US and Europe. Here's a screengrab of the basic map for the US: Business Insider
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Sigmatex Selects South Carolina For New Manufacturing Facility
Sigmatex, a manufacturer of carbon fiber textiles, has selected Matthews Industrial Park in Orangeburg County, SC as the location for its next facility. The global company will invest $12 million initially and create 50 jobs over the next five years. Business Facilities
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Response To Ebola Under Scrutiny
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was quick to criticize the federal government for its initial response to Ebola. But now his administration is facing questions as to why two health care workers that had contact with a man who carried the virus from Liberia to Dallas were allowed to freely travel out of the state without any restriction. Huffington Post
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Which US States Imprison More People Per Capita Than Russia Or China? Hint: they're Southern
Both Russia and China's prisons are frequent targets for bad press in the United States. But by one important measure, both countries are far less draconian than several states in America. Russia has 475 inmates per 100,000 residents as of 2013, according to data from the Sentencing Project. China has 121. Those numbers are much lower than states like Louisiana (893 per 100,000) Mississippi (717) and Alabama (650) based on 2012 statistics from the same report. Oklahoma (648) and Texas (601) are also significantly higher than Russia or China. The Clarion-Ledger reported this week that Mississippi's number is now much higher. Based on statistics provided by the International Centre for Prison Studies and the Prison Policy Initiative, Mississippi had 1,155 per 100,000 residents in 2013. Huffington Post
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

The America South is home to almost as many residents as the Northeast and the Midwest combined, but even that statistical record is about to be broken. According to a new Census Bureau study that came out in April, 51 percent of the nation's population jump occurred in the South from 2010 to 2013.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Stacy Randle
Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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This is our annual "Made in the South" issue and it's timely because there is a new player in the South's manufacturing universe. For almost two decades, economic developers and politicos in the South and the U.S. have been chasing Chinese projects with little or nothing to show. Want proof we've been chasing ghosts in China for years? Okay, go ahead and name a Chinese brand that's made in the South? Tick. . .tick. . .tick. Give up?
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean

We try to change up the categories in our annual Ten Top 10s section, but we always include the "Ten People Who Made a Difference" category. This year though, we are honoring 12 and you will learn why by reading about this group of folks who have made a difference in the South. Here is our annual list that includes executives, economic developers and politicians who have made a difference in the South's economy.


 


 

 

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