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Former drilling chief: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill
WASHINGTON — The United States is “on a course to repeat” the same mistakes that led to the devastating Deepwater Horizon disaster four years ago, a former top offshore drilling regulator warned Thursday. In an opinion piece in the New York Times, the former Minerals Management Service director, Elizabeth Birnbaum, says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.” FuelFix.com
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Four years after Deepwater Horizon exploded, long-term environmental impacts from BP oil spill remain mostly unknown
The Gulf of Mexico today looks very much like it did in the moment before Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded the morning of April 20, 2010, and sank amid a towering inferno 40 miles south of the Louisiana boot. Eleven rig workers died, marking the accident’s greatest tragedy. Over the next three months, the damaged BP Macondo 252 wellhead spewed an estimated 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf from 5,000 feet below the surface. AL.com
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Alabama Attorney General foresees lawsuit against BP for state’s economic losses
MOBILE, Alabama -- As the oil spill's effects linger, there is one place where BP and other companies have continued to feel grief: the courtroom. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said Friday, two days before the four-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, that he had no intention to make it stop. “The next trial, set for January 2015, will determine how much money BP owes the federal government in civil penalties, a portion of which Alabama will receive through the RESTORE Act,” Strange said in a statement. AL.com
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Sen. Joe Manchin Is 'Leaving All His Options Open for 2016'
Sen. Joe Manchin is the most conservative Democrat in the Senate. But he may not be planning on staying there too long. Manchin, who served one full term as West Virginia's governor before leaving for the Senate in 2010, appears to be eyeing his former office or another office for 2016—two years before his term as senator is up. NationalJournal.com
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GM Risked Lives to Save 25 Cents Per Car
Until now, one of the most perplexing questions in the General Motors scandal is why the storied manufacturer waited more than a decade to recall 1.6 million compact cars with faulty ignition switches that contributed to more than a dozen deaths across the country. GM CEO Mary T. Barra testified to members of Congress two weeks ago that while she couldn’t answer that or other troubling questions with certainty, an internal company investigation headed by former federal prosecutor Anton Valukas would get to the bottom of that. Thefiscaltimes.com
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Obamacare: Kill or Cure for Health Care Job Market?
During the Great Recession and in the years that followed, the job market in the U.S. had its legs taken out from under it. Millions of jobs disappeared, across virtually every sector of the economy but one. Throughout even the worst months of the crisis, the health care sector added jobs as reliably as sunrise and sunset. Thefiscaltimes.com
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Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels
Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee, the result of a new bill passed by the state legislature and expected to be signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R). On Monday, S.B. 1456 passed the state House 83-5 after no debate. The measure creates a new class of customers: those who install distributed power generation systems like solar panels or small wind turbines on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid. ThinkProgress.org
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Nissan debuts Murano to be built in Canton
The world got its first look Wednesday at the latest Nissan brand that will be built at the automaker’s Canton manufacturing plant. The 2015 Nissan Murano crossover was unveiled to auto-industry heavyweights from across the globe at the New York International Auto Show. The vehicle will go into production in Canton this fall and will hit dealerships later this year. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced. ClarionLedger.com
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America's Ten Best Cities for BBQ
The practice of smoking meat over an open fire has been around for as long as people have known how to summon the flames and needed to eat meat, but almost certainly, it was the good old United States of America that perfected it -- and continues to perfect it. It's an art -- anything that is marinated and slow-cooked for anywhere between three to 14 hours has got to be an art; there is color and delicateness and an ecstasy involved in the process and consumption. HuffingtonPost.com
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Louisiana’s industry off to a fast start
Formed in the crucible of Louisiana’s hurricane recovery and the nation’s recession, LED FastStart® debuted in 2008 as a robust solution to help expanding employers assemble a well-trained workforce from day one. The results were stunning. Gardner Denver, a Fortune 1000 compressor and pump manufacturer, discovered FastStart’s bottom-line potential and reversed plans to close a Monroe, La., facility. Instead, the company closed a larger plant in Wisconsin and expanded in Louisiana, boosting Monroe employment from 70 to 300, including contract workers. Coordinating 30 product line transfers, FastStart ramped up the larger workforce and immediately improved Gardner Denver’s profitability. Southern Business & Development
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Features & Opinion

 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.
 

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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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