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Almost 500 jobs coming to Lawton OK
LAWTON — A Virginia-based federal contractor plans to hire nearly 500 people in southwestern Oklahoma, according to officials from the city of Lawton and the Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation. Serco Inc., headquartered in Reston, Virginia, will bring 475 jobs to Lawton. It provides professional, technology and management services and has about 10,000 employees, a local newspaper reports. Newsok.com
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SOUTH DOMINATES: Texas, Florida, Georgia North Carolina -- Best Business States
Whatever Texas is doing, it should keep doing it. Since 1991 the state has held the No. 1 ranking as the top state to do business, according to an industry survey by Development Counselors International (DCI). Industryweek.com
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Supreme Court denies Louisiana lawsuits against BP
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from 11 Louisiana parishes that wanted to revive their lawsuits over wildlife damage from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Fuel Fix
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Houston a hub of corporate expansions
Exxon Mobil Corp.'s expansion near The Woodlands may be the most famous real estate move here of late, but the overall market for corporate expansions and relocations in the Houston area is booming. Houston Chronicle
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Guardrail Maker Trinity Industries Liable for Fraud in Texas
Trinity Industries, the highway guardrail maker accused of selling systems that can malfunction during crashes and slice through cars, was found by a jury on Monday to have defrauded the federal government. New York Times
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Despite Their Carbon Rebellion, States Prepare for the Worst
Outcries against federal overreach and job-killing regulation. Lawsuits aimed at preventing a bold domestic initiative from ever taking shape. Bills in legislatures asserting state supremacy over federal law. Refusal by some to participate altogether. It sounds like the campaign against the Affordable Care Act. But it’s a different Obama policy -- the one demanding substantial nationwide reductions in the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions -- that has elicited this reaction. In June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new rules mandating that CO2 levels fall below 2005 amounts by the year 2030. This would force states into major regulatory overhauls, spur large-scale shifts toward cleaner natural gas and potentially lead to the outright closure of some coal plants. The result in some states could be a significant economic disruption. Governing.com
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Tennessee state senator arrested for 3rd time in 2 months
An outgoing Tennessee state senator is not going away quietly. Jim Summerville, a 66-year-old Republican from Dickson, was arrested twice over the weekend over incidents involving his neighbor, police said. Yahoo.com
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North Carolina on track to have costliest Senate race ever
WASHINGTON — Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis aren’t household names across America, but their battle for the US Senate is on track to become the most expensive congressional race in US history. It could even become the first Senate race ever to surpass $100 million in spending. Christian Science Monitor
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Texas Just Won the Right to Disenfranchise 600,000 People. It's Not the First Time.
On Saturday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas' harsh voter ID law could remain in effect for the upcoming midterm elections, potentially disenfranchising some 600,000 mostly black and Latino voters. In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the law may be "purposefully discriminatory" and warned that it "likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters." And Ginsburg noted that Texas' 2011 law falls in line with the state's long history of discriminatory voting laws. Here is a look at that history, based on expert testimony by Orville Vernon Burton, a professor of history at Clemson University, and Barry Burden, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Mother Jones
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Oil Price Tremors Not Rattling Texas. Yet.
With crude oil prices nose diving in recent months, unsettling fears of idled rigs and plummeting profits have begun creeping through companies and countries whose livelihoods are tied to oil production. But officials in some of Texas' booming towns aren't breaking a sweat just yet. “The smart guys will figure that out," jokes Don Tymrak, city manager in Karnes City, from his office in the heart of South Texas’ booming Eagle Ford Shale. “There’s no alarm or red flag going up at the moment. We’re pretty much staying the course.” myhighplains.com
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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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