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Pollution in Texas Worsens as Budget Shrinks for Regulators
Budget cuts at the federal Environmental Protection Agency have led to fewer inspections of polluting industries. States could pick up the slack, but many of them, including Texas, are grappling with cuts of their own. Texas Tribune
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This Is The ONE Tourist Trap You're Missing Out On In Each U.S. State
It's a fine, blurred, and fuzzy little line that separates our nation's most-visited cultural sites from its trashy tourist traps. Of course, any "tourist trap" can be a "cultural site," depending on how you look at it. And any "cultural site" can feel like a "tourist trap," if it's crowded enough and sweaty enough. With road trip season upon us, we've pinpointed some places that might get bad raps as "tourist traps" but actually deserve a visit, because they're actually awesome. Together, these offbeat, off-road places are one big celebration of America in all its kitschy, historic, lip-smacking roadside glory-- and they're definitely worth a veer off the Interstate. Huffington Post
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Wichita Falls Braces for Water From Sewers With Texas in Drought
Pastor Bob McCartney of First Baptist Church tries to love his neighbor as himself. He’s just not thrilled that Wichita Falls will soon have him drinking water that once swirled down his neighbor’s toilet. The Texas city of more than 104,000, suffering the worst drought on record, is about to become the first place in the U.S. to treat sewage and pump it directly back to residents. People who live in Wichita Falls, northwest of Dallas on the Oklahoma border, say they’ll buy more bottled water and try not to think about what’s flowing through their pipes when they bathe, brush their teeth and make soup. Bloomberg
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Study shows tax collection hurts Amazon's sales
The first large-scale study of the impact of adding sales tax to purchases from Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) shows the added tax results in a decline of online purchases. Charlotte Business Journal
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Tesla likely will partner with Panasonic for $5B gigafactory, Musk says
Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that his company likely will partner with Panasonic Corp. in the proposed $5 billion battery factory being pursued by Texas and three other southwestern states. Austin News Journal
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Port awaits word on whether Chiquita will stay
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Chiquita Brands International must decide by May 15 whether to extend its lease for two years at the state Port at Gulfport. Miami Herald
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Atlanta eyes sale of civic center
The city of Atlanta has toyed for years with the idea of redeveloping the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. Now, under legislation proposed by City Councilman Kwanza Hall, the city is poised to sell the aging center to a private developer. Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport moves toward June completion
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Construction on the second phase of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport's terminal modernization project is about 90 percent complete, airport officials said Monday. AL.com
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UAW Ends NLRB Appeal of Volkswagen Union Vote
The United Auto Workers union said today it’s withdrawing its objections to a high-stakes unionization vote that it lost in February at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee. The UAW had complained to the National Labor Relations Board that Republican officials in Tennessee, including U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam, had intimidated plant workers with public statements opposing the union. The UAW lost the vote by a count of 712-626. The union’s decision to drop its objections so quickly comes as something of a surprise given the tactical importance of the vote, its record of bare-knuckled combat and the seemingly friendly political environment in Washington, with a Democratic administration in the White House. The NLRB has long been the target of criticism by Republicans for being too labor friendly. Forbes
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Four Years Later, a Sharp Divide on Gulf Oil Spill
The state of the Gulf of Mexico four years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history is as unclear as a marsh soaked with petrochemicals. The state of BP, on the other hand, is powerful and proud, with the British energy giant showing little tolerance for criticism over the incident. A spate of reports and press releases leading up to the anniversary of the disaster, which took place April 20, 2010, sketch a picture of a region still awash in oil and tar, with fish and wildlife struggling to survive and thousands of people suffering from both economic and physical or mental distress. National Journal
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Reshoring manufacturing capacity from primarily Asia to the South and Mexico is now a common thing to do and it's all about money. When China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, the average manufacturing wage in China's Pearl River Delta (PRD) was about 58 cents an hour.

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By Dr. Glen Fenter
Desperation sometimes masks itself in acceptance. Such was the case for Takelia Carter of Marion, Ark. For Carter, the mother of six school-age children in a low paying job, desperation was normative existence. This was her life in Crittenden County, Ark., deep in the Delta where unfortunately one in four families lives well below the poverty level.
 

 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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