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From Inter-Town Rivalries To Chain Gangs: The History Behind The Dixie Highway
Today, you can get just about anywhere in the U.S. by hopping on an interstate. But back in the early 1900s, the idea of traveling across the country by road was nearly inconceivable. Many people, especially those in the South, had access to little more than dirt roads that extended just as far as the nearest town. Wabe.org
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U.S. economy is improving, just in time for the holiday shopping season
For Christmas this year, the U.S. might finally be given the sort of recovery we’ve all been waiting for. Economists expect that following recessions, an economy should grow more quickly than than its long-term potential, so that growth eventually catches up to the pre-recession trend. Our most recent recovery, however, never lived up to this expectation, and the economy simply sputtered along rather than making up for lost time. Fortune
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Can Automakers Fix Themselves?
If there were any doubts that 2014 would go down in history as a turning point for auto safety, last week's Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on defective air bags erased them. Coming on the heels of the still-expanding investigation into General Motors's faulty ignition switches, the congressional grilling of air-bag supplier Takata and customers Honda and Chrysler was yet another demonstration of the auto industry's inability to find and fix deadly defects. This year's scandals have not only shattered recall records, but they also have repeatedly exposed systemic failures by automakers, suppliers and regulators alike. Bloomberg
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Obama Administration Sets Stricter Smog Standard
The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry. Manufacturing.net
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Louisiana sets new state jobs record even as unemployment rate rises slightly
Though the state's unemployment rate rose slightly according to the latest labor numbers, officials with the Louisiana Workforce Commission believe it's actually a sign of good things to come. Louisiana's unemployment rate is 6.2 percent, up from 5.8 percent a year ago. That puts it higher than the national unemployment rate of 5.8 percent. NOLA.com
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10 things to know about OPEC’s big meeting on Thursday
While Americans drive home for Thanksgiving, enjoying the cheapest holiday gas prices in years, representatives from members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet in Vienna, Austria to decide how much longer those prices will last. OPEC will vote on how much to cut the cartel’s oil production, or whether to cut it at all, as oil prices continue their slide under $80 per barrel. Stagnating prices have threatened some of OPEC’s members that count on pricey oil to keep their economies afloat. But Saudi Arabia, which has enough cash and can produce its oil cheaply enough to survive low prices, hasn’t yet budged on its commitment to keep the price where it is or send it even lower. Fuel Fix
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What OPEC’s Thanksgiving meeting means for U.S. producers
HOUSTON — Between bites of turkey and glances at football games, U.S. energy executives will likely spend their Thanksgiving with a watchful eye towards Vienna, where leaders from 12 oil producing countries will meet to decide whether to cut their output. Fuel Fix
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Economy has a growth spurt
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew even faster in the third quarter than initially thought, posting the strongest six months of growth in more than a decade and pulling further ahead of other big economies of the world. The gross domestic product, the country's total output of goods and services, expanded at a healthy 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That's a notable jump from its first estimate of 3.5 percent. The revision was propelled higher by more robust consumer and business spending. Houston Chronicle
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Environmentalists say judge's ruling supports view that Kentucky is failing to monitor coal mines
A judge's blunt finding that Kentucky doesn't have enough regulators or money to properly monitor a coal company should help make the case for more funding for such work, environmentalists said. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip J. Shepherd on Monday rejected the state's proposed settlement of violations by Frasure Creek Mining, which had been accused of cheating repeatedly on pollution monitoring. Kentucky.com
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Personal Income And Spending Miss Expectations
Inflation rose in-line with expectations in October while personal income and spending missed expectations. Business Insider
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 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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