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The BP Oil Spill Killed a Lot of Dolphins
The explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 had a deadly effect on at least one ocean dweller: bottlenose dolphins.
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These Are the Fastest-Growing Cities in America
The Census Bureau on Thursday released its latest data tracking the nation’s population shifts from July 2013 to July 2014, resulting in a new list of American boomtowns. A quick glance at the list tells us one thing: Texas is blowing up. TIME
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Trade bill clears Senate hurdle
Washington-- A free trade initiative that is pitting President Barack Obama against his own party cleared a major procedural hurdle in the Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday. The 62-38 vote to end debate on the bill, moving it toward a final vote, was a victory for Obama, who had linked with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, to push the bill despite opposition from Senate Democratic leaders. CNN
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$211M settlement with rig owner in Gulf spill
Plaintiffs in the 2010 Gulf oil spill have reached a $211 million settlement with the owner of the rig involved in the environmental disaster. Transocean announced Wednesday it has reached agreements with a group of individual plaintiffs and BP, the oil company that operated the rig. Clarion-Ledger.com
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See How Each Texas City Grew From 2010 to 2014
As Texas' population surged by 1.8 million people from 2010 to 2014, the state's suburban population growth outpaced growth in major metropolitan areas, census figures show. Texas Tribune
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Chase report: Middle-skill jobs are where the biggest skills mismatch is in Dallas-Fort Worth
Companies have bemoaned a skills gap for a long time, but a report issued Thursday by JPMorgan Chase & Co. pinpoints the greatest mismatch in tens of thousands of “middle-skill” in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Dallas Morning News
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Foundation plans to convert empty Eastern Kentucky industrial park into wildlife tourism attraction
A large industrial park in Bell County that never attracted a factory will be repurposed as the site of a wildlife center that could be a key tourism attraction, according to local officials. The Pine Mountain Regional Industrial Development Authority has agreed to sell 750 acres to the Appalachian Wildlife Foundation for $750,000, said Mike Bowling, a Middlesboro attorney who chairs the authority. Kentucky.com
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U.S. fast-track trade bill clears key hurdle in Senate
Legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact passed another important test in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, boosting hopes for a deal that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia. The Senate voted 62-38 to limit debate on a bill granting the White House authority to speed trade deals through Congress, which is opposed by many of Obama's fellow Democrats. Reuters
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Key Takeaways From New Census Population Data on Cities
The Census Bureau released new population estimates Thursday, showing where cities stand in attracting and retaining residents. The latest estimates, current as of July 2014, cover all cities, towns and other subcounty jurisdictions. Read the following summary for a few key trends and what to watch for in the years to come. Governing.com
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Judge Temporarily Halts Fracking Approvals In North Carolina
A judge has halted the approval of fracking operations in North Carolina until a higher court weighs in on the legality of the appointment of several boards that manage state resources and the environment. Manufacturing.net
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

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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.
 

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After I finished the cover story for this issue, I read an interesting article by economist Paul Krugman, the op-ed columnist for the New York Times, titled, "Partying like it’s 1995." Generally I side with Krugman, even though I am a journalist, not an economist. Occasionally, though, I read some of his stuff and ask myself, "What planet did Krugman come from?" Like when he predicted a shift of automotive assembly to Canada after Toyota announced a new plant in Woodstock, Ontario in 2005 because of "free healthcare," among other benefits. That Toyota deal was the last major automotive assembly plant announced in Canada and I predict it will be the very last one for the Canadians.
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.
 


 

 

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