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Has Florida governor had a testing epiphany?
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who hasn’t seen a test he hasn’t wanted students to take, seems to have come to some sort of epiphany: The state that has been a national model for high-stakes test-based school reform just may be testing schoolchildren too much. Washington Post
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Nanotechnology research in Arkansas bears fruit
LITTLE ROCK — A lubricant developed in Arkansas and described as a scientific breakthrough will be used in equipment distributed to oil and gas operations around the world, officials in state government and private industry announced today. Arkansas News Bureau
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Arkansas wages below national average
The Southwest Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today released, County Employment and Wages in Arkansas–Fourth Quarter 2011. The Sun Times
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Railroad job fair at Clanton, AL draws big crowd
CLANTON, Alabama -- When Lee Taylor of Birmingham and two friends arrived at the Clanton Recreation Center for Boatright Companies' job fair Tuesday morning, they never imagined such a large crowd vying for 50 jobs at the new railroad cross-tie plant under construction in a nearby industrial park. The Birmingham News
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Alabama court reconsiders prepaid tuition ruling
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has reopened a lawsuit over whether a financial settlement of Alabama's prepaid college tuition program can stand. The board of the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition plan had reached a settlement for the financially troubled program to pay tuition at 2010 rates rather than current rates. wtvm.com
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Cadence Bank laying off 17 at Mississippi center, bring jobs to Birmingham
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP)— Cadence Bank will lay off 17 workers at its operations center in Starkville. Bank President Mark Abernathy tells the Starkville Daily News that the layoffs will occur at the end of September. al.com
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Report: Charlotte-based BofA trimming business banking jobs
Bank of America Corp. has been cutting an unspecified number jobs in its commercial banking unit over the past several weeks as part of a plan to cost costs throughout the organization, Reuters reported. San Antonio Business Journal
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Chesapeake ordered to pay $100M to Texas leaseholders
U.S. District Judge Gray Miller in Houston has ordered Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) to pay more than $100 million to Texas leaseholders that claimed the Oklahoma City-based company reneged on agreements to purchase mineral rights, Bloomberg reports. Houston Business Journal
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Biggest and Smallest Among Worst of Top States for Business
When it comes to the worst states in our Top States for Business study, a handful almost always winds up in the final five spots. There's also usually little change in the bottom 10. CNBC
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Three options for the 'Gulch'
The gaping hole in Atlanta's patchwork downtown could be filled with verdant green space and new roads that surround a sprawling passenger terminal to serve a busy network of buses, rail and streetcars. Almost two decades after planners first offered up a proposal to overhaul the "Gulch," a group of developers will unveil three "conceptual drawings" today that show possible designs to turn the sunken tangle of parking spaces, vacant lots and rail lines into a key transit center. Far from set in stone, they are a starting point for the months of planning that's to come. Atlanta Journal Constitution
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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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By Mike Randle
There are numerous factors driving the new industrial revolution in the South. And it is a revolution, as this manufacturing surge that began in 2007 continues to break records year after year in the total number of large, capital intensive projects. One factor, of course, is that reshoring of facilities back to the U.S. continues to grow each year.
 
 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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