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Which US States Imprison More People Per Capita Than Russia Or China? Hint: they're Southern
Both Russia and China's prisons are frequent targets for bad press in the United States. But by one important measure, both countries are far less draconian than several states in America. Russia has 475 inmates per 100,000 residents as of 2013, according to data from the Sentencing Project. China has 121. Those numbers are much lower than states like Louisiana (893 per 100,000) Mississippi (717) and Alabama (650) based on 2012 statistics from the same report. Oklahoma (648) and Texas (601) are also significantly higher than Russia or China. The Clarion-Ledger reported this week that Mississippi's number is now much higher. Based on statistics provided by the International Centre for Prison Studies and the Prison Policy Initiative, Mississippi had 1,155 per 100,000 residents in 2013. Huffington Post
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North Carolina Fights To Take Voting Site Away From Pesky College Kids
Early voting starts Thursday in North Carolina, even as the state has pushed to move early voting sites farther away from college campuses. The Republican-dominated North Carolina State Board of Elections, among other efforts, has sought to remove an early voting location from the campus of Appalachian State University, which has about 18,000 students, many of whom lean Democratic. Last week, the board filed a petition asking the state Supreme Court to stay a judge's ruling in favor of the site. On Wednesday afternoon, not having heard from the high court and with the start of early voting looming, the elections board hastily voted to keep the site on campus. Soon after, the state Supreme Court announced that it was staying the judge's ruling and sending the case back to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Huffington Post
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Is there a beer war brewing in Kentucky?
Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev wants to buy a beer distributorship in Owensboro that would give it a sizable portion of Kentucky's beer market, according to a report on Cincinnati.com. Business First
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Akron Biotechnology Expands Its Boca Raton, Florida, Operations Facility
Akron Biotechnology, which provides novel technologies for cell therapy and regenerative medicine discovery, development and commercialization, will move into a new, larger facility that will significantly increasing space for its R&D and manufacturing operations in Boca Raton, Florida. Area Development
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W.S. Badcock Corp. Plans $22 Million Distribution Center In LaGrange, Georgia
W.S. Badcock Corp., one of the largest privately held furniture retailers in the United States, will construct a new regional distribution center in LaGrange, Georgia, investing $22 million and employing more than 100. Area Development
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TSE International Invests $1.18 Million In Its Shreveport, Louisiana, Production Center
TSE International will make a $1.18 million capital investment to expand its Shreveport, Louisiana area manufacturing center. The company will create 30 jobs in the Northwest Region of Louisiana. Area Development
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Mars Food North America Plans $31 Million Expansion At Its Greenville, Mississippi, Manufacturing Hub
Mars Food North America, which produces a variety of food products, will invest $31 million to expand operations at its manufacturing facility in Greenville, Mississippi. The project will create 25 new jobs in its manufacturing and research and development divisions. Area Development
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Steris Corp Relocates Global Specialty Services Headquarters To Birmingham, Alabama
Ohio-based Steris Corp. will relocate the headquarters of its global specialty services business to Birmingham, Alabama, creating 100 jobs in the region. Steris said it will spend $8 million to renovate the former U.S. Pipe headquarters in Birmingham’s Sloss Business District to serve as the new global specialty services headquarters. As it ramps up hiring over the next three years, Steris will work with AIDT, a division of the Alabama Department of Commerce that is the state’s award-winning workforce training program. Area Development
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Mississippi buzzing about Renee Zellweger's next film
Actress Renee Zellweger has people buzzing since making an appearance Monday looking dramatically different. Mississippians will be more interested in her next film than her face. Renee Zellweger is set to star in Paramount's faith-based movie "Same Kind Of Different As Me," which will be shot in the Jackson Metro area. Clarion-Ledger
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MISSISSIPPI GAY MARRIAGE BAN SEEING FEDERAL CHALLENGE
Two same-sex couples in Mississippi are challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Jackson resident Joce Pritchett and her partner, Carla Webb, were legally married in Maine last year. Now they want the state of Mississippi to acknowledge their union. mpbonline.org
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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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