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TransCanada wins right to build Keystone XL through Texas family farm
TransCanada Corp. won a state appeals court ruling allowing it to lay the Keystone XL pipeline across a family farm in northeastern Texas, eliminating one of the last obstacles to completion of the southern leg of the Canadian tar-sands line. Julia Trigg Crawford claimed TransCanada lacked the right to use state eminent domain laws to cross her 600-acre family farm near the Oklahoma border without her permission. FuelFix.com
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Gun Bill in Missouri Would Test Limits in Nullifying U.S. Law
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Unless a handful of wavering Democrats change their minds, the Republican-controlled Missouri legislature is expected to enact a statute next month nullifying all federal gun laws in the state and making it a crime for federal agents to enforce them here. A Missourian arrested under federal firearm statutes would even be able to sue the arresting officer. The law amounts to the most far-reaching states’ rights endeavor in the country, the far edge of a growing movement known as “nullification” in which a state defies federal power. NYtimes.com
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TRW Automotive workers strike at Lebanon plant
LEBANON — One of Wilson County’s top employers has been shut down by a strike. About 400 production employees at the TRW Automotive plant in Lebanon went on strike after rejecting a new contract in a lopsided vote on Sunday, according to the United Auto Workers union, which represents the workers. They’re unhappy about concessions the company wanted in the new contract, particularly in the way overtime pay is computed, increases in co-pays for health care and the use of more temporary employees at the plant, TRW Commercial Steering Systems, said UAW District Director Gary Casteel, who is based in Lebanon. Tennessean.com
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Poultry processor to invest $25 million in Alabama operations
Pilgrim's Pride Corp. plans to invest $25 million in its operations in Alabama's Wiregrass, the company announced today. The investment includes a new feed mill in Pinckard and a $10 million renovation of its poultry processing facility in Enterprise. Construction of the feed mill will begin in the next 30 days, and the renovation will happen over the next six months. The feed mill, expected to employ more than 25 people, will replace an existing one in Enterprise. AL.com
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Steel work for Airbus' A320 assembly line in Mobile to begin in September
MOBILE, Alabama – Out-of-sight is most definitely not out-of-mind for Airbus officials monitoring closely the progress of the A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. In fact, according to Airbus Americas latest project update, 85 percent of the more than 2,100 pilings for the final assembly line hangar and service building has been driven on the 116-acre Brookley site, providing a “foundation that ensures the buildings and hangars will be strong and resistant – capable of withstanding conditions that include hurricane-strength winds.” AL.com
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Dell to Cut Undisclosed Number of Jobs in Texas, Hire More Engineers
Dell (DELL) will cut some jobs in its home state as it looks to keep pace with intensifying competition by replacing some of the workforce in its traditional computer business with technology and engineering talent, it confirmed on Tuesday. The Round Rock, Texas-based PC maker would not say how many jobs will be affected, however Dell spokesman David Frink told FOX Business that Dell communicated the “limited planned workforce actions” to the affected team members. FoxBusiness.com
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Alabama Power Co. puts power-generating wind turbine on roof of headquarters
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Alabama Power Co. last week installed a 4-kilowatt turbine on the roof of its downtown headquarters building. The turbine, which sends the energy it creates back into the building, is part of a test being run in conjunction with the Electric Power Research Institute, the company said in a statement posted on its website. AL.com
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Mississippi coast surpasses goals 8 years after Katrina
BILOXI — An official with Mississippi's commission for Hurricane Katrina recovery says that eight years later, a goal set by former Gov. Haley Barbour has been realized. Barbour told the Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal that he wanted the coast to come back bigger and better than it was before Katrina hit on Aug. 29, 2005. "As you look across the Coast, every place looks better than it was before," vice chairman Anthony Topazi told the Sun Herald. The commission's report pulled together brainstorming sessions during which not all of the ideas suggested were intended to be adopted. Eight years later, some became a reality, some were dropped and some simply haven't happened yet. Clarion-Ledger
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Ideal place for nuclear waste? Talk of storage in Mississippi emerges again


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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant blasts nuclear waste disposal critics
Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday said people — particularly the media — are overreacting to and uninformed about proposals for nuclear waste storage in Mississippi. “I am disappointed in the overreaction, and that’s what it is, overreaction,” Bryant said Tuesday. “It’s amazing to me that any discussion about nuclear power causes such a reaction. … What other topics are we not allowed to discuss? Alternative energy? Wind power or solar? … There’s been no discussion that I have heard about using a salt dome for permanent storage.” Bryant also said he believes U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo’s emphatic “no nuclear storage” comments Monday were based on media overreaction, although Palazzo appeared to differ. Clarion-Ledger
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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.
 

 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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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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